Thanks to all who have already completed the crew exchange survey. The survey is still open if you would like to add your opinions and requirements.

Here is a quick summary of the results. 

Number of responses  – 20 as of Sunday 9th Aug

Ratio of skippers to crews: 26:10 (people were allowed to tick multiple categories)

Interests: Racing – 15, Cruising – 22, Dinghy – 3.

Number of boat owners – 14, number of boats – 15, from Wayfarer Dinghy to Fisher Motor-Sailer.

Experience – all were experienced, 8 have “sailed quite a lot” and 10 are “very experienced”.

RYA Qualifications tally was 3 Yachtmaster, 5 Coastal Skipper, 6 Day Skipper, 3 Level 2 Power Boat. (Some people may have more than one of these).

Frequency of expected usage

  • 8 “frequently”
  • 12 “every now and then”, usually for when the usual sailing arrangement (boat or crew) is not available or appropriate.

Preference of method (up to three responses were allowed per person)

  • Sign-up sheets in clubhouse – 2
  • Word of mouth – 2
  • Exchange phone numbers – 7 (note that all members have been sent the membership directory so should be able to find this information once they know who they want to talk to)
  • Email to a central co-ordinator – 7
  • On-line calendar – 13
  • Google/Yahoo group – 10
  • Facebook/Doodle – 1 each

Who shared what?

  • 19 names
  • 14 boat names/details
  • 19 emails
  • 18 phone numbers

Comments included “go for it”, and “this is a great idea – this is what clubs are for”.

Next steps

The large majority seem to want a flexible on-line system.

So we’ll set up something quickly that the survey respondents can try out and use this season. Then, based on how much it’s used and users’ feedback, refine or improve it over the winter for next season.

The plan now is to set up a) a Google Group and b) a Google Calendar, and enrol the respondents who gave emails in the group, and share the calendar with them.

Anyone else who wants to be enrolled in the Google Group, please respond to the survey and include their email in the response, or email the club office.