Saratoga Rowing Association

Volunteer Opportunities - Regattas

Safety Launch Crew   Crew Chief: Joe Fairley

We need many volunteers for 1-2 people each for ~10 boats per regatta.  Safety launches are located throughout the course and follow (chase) races in the spring, prepared to rescue/assist rowers in need.  Boat driving experience is valuable, but we need some riders too.  We are always looking for boat owners willing to work with their boats.  VERY helpful.  (On water)

Marshaling Start Line   Crew Chief: Bill deVries

Staff three launches organizing rowers at the start of races. Boat driving experience is valuable but NOT necessary; we need many assistant riders for this job.  Great view of the rowers as they prepare to start the race!  (On water) 

Timing Staff   Crew Chief: Susan Pruiksma

Several types of jobs within the Timing setting allow for people with different interests and skill sets.  General skills should include an ability to focus despite distractions, good attention to detail and good eye, ear, hand coordination.  Jobs include running a stopwatch, spotting boats with binoculars, marking boats as they cross the finish in a loud and concise voice, recording bow numbers as they cross start/finish, waving a flag, running a camera, computer data entry, and posting results.  Timing is an essential part of running a regatta and we get it done with precision...and with a few laughs and good food along the way!  (SRA side)

Docks   Crew Chief: Jerilyn Hogan

Create and manage docking system at races, one person per dock, rotation schedule/manage traffic bullhorn to announce which races are launching. Record times of crew launch and recovery (post race) to insure accuracy of crew location.  (Lee’s Park Side) 

Parking - Regatta   Crew Chief: Mick Meehan

Mark parking fields, direct traffic.  Assertive personality helpful...not for the timid...many race attendees will attempt to access the dock front spaces.  (Lee’s Park Side)

Clean up Crew (Green Team!)   Crew Chief: Christine & Darren Miller

Our job is to encourage recycling and manage the garbage and recycling at the regatta site.  We generally work in teams of two, using a motorized cart, and we are always able to stop working to watch and cheer for races.  We need workers who are willing to get a little dirty and are able to communicate in a friendly but assertive way with visiting teams.  (Lee’s Park Side)

Registration/Information   Crew Chief: Annamaria Bellatoni

Assist with team packet preparation, prepare bow numbers, check waivers, staff booth Friday pm and Saturday am.  A couple of people staff the info table with basic information on races --event schedule, crew chiefs, diagram of site, Saratoga Springs, and contact numbers for key regatta staff.  (Lee’s Park Side)

Awards & Medals    Crew Chief: Eileen Albright

Prepare trophies and medals in advance of races; staff awards table during races and hand out appropriate awards to winners.  (Lee’s Park Side)

Food Tent   Crew Chief: Christine McKenna

Set up tent and equipment, prepare food and staff food tent during regattas.  Shoppers needed to shop during the week. Deliver food to on-water and off site volunteers and officials.  People willing to clean up, breakdown tent and equipment and wash dishes AFTER regattas are always needed. (SRA Side)

**NOTE: Food Tent Volunteers: Thanks to all the great volunteers the food tent gets better and more efficient each season!  We still need many volunteers to work on this crew, however this season we will limit the number of volunteers to key people who are flexible and committed to getting the job done.  If you’re interested in working on food tent, please select this crew but keep in mind that crew chiefs will determine the final number of volunteers needed and we will post the final Food Tent team members list early in the season.   Having a back up choice for another crew will be very helpful.  Many other volunteer crews still need extra hands!

Site Setup-Regatta  Contact: Katherine Smith

Mainly few days before regattas (week day) to help set up areas for parking/porta-potty, secure tents and spaces, establish EMS locations, site maps for teams and websites, work with dock masters for staging area.

Parking Lot at SRA   Contact: Katherine Smith

Keep cars from parking at Boatworks or spectators walking onto their docks.  Limited parking in SRA lot, direct cars to drop kids off and park over at Lee’s Park or street parking.  Bring a chair, a hat….and a book to read or a friend to chat with! 


Volunteer Opportunities – Non-Regatta 

Non-Regatta Fundraising   Contact: Jeannine Haley

Many volunteers needed to work on the Silent Auction held in early spring as well as smaller fundraisers throughout the year.

Non-Regatta Landscaping   Contact: Lynn Fulton

Help maintain the grounds during the spring, summer and fall.  Raking, weeding, planting flowers.

Non-Regatta Building Projects   Contact: Katherine Smith

Non-Regatta Boathouse Maintenance Contact: Katherine Smith

Non-Regatta Vehicle & Motorboat Maintenance  Contact: Katherine Smith


FOR VOLUNTEER QUESTIONS please contact the crew chiefs directly or Volunteer Coordinator Katherine Smith