Safety Advice and Requirements for Members

Identified as a result of carrying out risk assessments on activities at the club

Preparation

  • Always wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid
  • Wear a wetsuit or dry suit between October and April
  • Fit or carry a painter (tow rope) in the boat
  • You are advised to carry an anchor (and radio or flares) if sailing up or down channel without a safety boat
  • Sign the book before you launch

Boat Park

  • Don't leave boat unattended in windy conditions with sails up
  • Watch for booms
  • Look after young children
  • Boats must be tied down if the masts are left up
  • Remove cars from the boat park asap if you tow the boat in

Launching

  • Be aware of the drop off the edge of the slipway and keep clear
  • Boats must not be left unattended on the slip with sails up
  • Always try to help those in front - especially single-handers with their boats and trolleys
  • Beware of wind changes as you go down the slip
  • Don't underestimate the waves - launch bows first and hold the bow into the wave; don't stand between the boat and the shore. Waves will be worse within an hour of high tide
  • Sail off quickly

Sailing

  • Be aware of wind, waves and tide
  • Wind is normally stronger beyond 100-200m from the shore
  • Waves are larger beyond the island and waves/tide can be fierce around the island (give it a wide berth)
  • Always go up-tide so that the tide will bring you back if the wind drops

Coming In

  • Don't come in if someone is standing with their boat on the slipway unless it is very calm or you are coming in to help that person

Patrol Boat

  • Don't use the boat without having been instructed by someone who is experienced.
  • Use the Kill-Cord
  • Marks can be heavier and more awkward than they look.
  • Watch that you don't catch ropes around the propeller
  • Don't take small children in the safety boat
  • Corner slowly until you are used to how the boat handles
  • Focsle
    Sail Locker
    Ballast
    Chain Locker