Control Tower Operators

Volunteers Wanted!

BYC is looking for adults to join our experienced Race Management Team in the BYC Tower on a voluntary basis during the sailing season.
The Tower is the onshore base for all on water operations at BYC, working with the Rescue Boats on the water to provide a safe, efficient and informed sailing environment for all participants. 
With a commanding 180 degree view of the racing area, access to live weather data from the local area and around the state, and constant contact to the Rescue Boats on the water via radio, the Tower is a vital part of the structure of organised sailing.
Race Management is a dynamic, challenging environment which requires good teamwork and communication across several locations.

Read this account by tower native Mike Kenyon in the Spring 2014 issue of The Reef.


  • Third floor Control Tower at the BYC clubhouse

  • Work with the on water crews to deliver a safe and efficient sailing environment

  • Full training in BYC operations is provided

  • External training through Australian Sailing is provided as appropriate.


  • Sunday mornings during Learn to Sail sessions - approx 9.30am to midday

  • Sunday afternoons all season - approx midday to 5pm, Oct to April (break over Christmas/New Year)

  • All Tower staff are placed on a flexible roster according to volunteer availabilities and club needs. Help out as much or as little as you like

What's involved

  • Recording individual boat details as they leave and return to shore

  • Monitoring the fleet during sailing for capsizes or other issues

  • Recording lap times and finish times for each boat

  • Monitoring the weather situation in the local area and around the bay

  • Maintaining radio contact with the Rescue Boats

  • Keeping Tower equipment in good order


Mike Kenyon
03 9589 2154

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