The Rules of the Club

Agreed at Committee Meeting 6th Feb 2019
The Rules of the Club
(Standard Operating Procedures)


Personal Safety

  1. Effective personal buoyancy must be worn by occupants of all boats. Wet suits and dry suits
    in themselves are not adequate buoyancy.
  2. Wet suits, dry suits or effective thermal protection shall be worn when afloat during the
    months of December to March (inclusive) and are strongly recommended at all times and
    especially during the months of April and November. For children under the age of 16 years
    this shall be mandatory between November and April (inclusive) and strongly recommended
    at other times.

    Patrol Boat
  3. A Patrol Boat crew will be assigned for dinghy racing on Sundays at a time determined by
    the Club Committee and listed in the sailing programme. Outside these times sailing may
    take place, but at the persons own risk since a Patrol Boat will not normally be available.
  4. An available Patrol Boat shall have an operational engine and a crew of at least two persons,
    one of whom must be over 18 years of age and the other at least 16 years of age, at least one
    of whom must be competent to drive the Patrol Boat (If supervised by a Committee member
    as part of a training programme, two youths between the ages of 16 and 18 are permitted to
    man a Patrol Boat as long as they both have a Powerboat 2 qualification). At least one of the
    crew must be equipped to go into the water if necessary. The Patrol Boat must be manned
    by club members and shall not be used except with the permission of the Club Committee.
    Children under the age of 8 must not be caried in the Patrol Boat unless being rescued or
    unless subject to a specific risk assessment.
  5. Persons under the age of 16 are not allowed to be afloat in charge of a dinghy unless there is
    a Patrol Boat available (as defined above). If no Patrol Boat is available, they must be
    directly supervised on the water by a parent or guardian or other person with written
    authority to act in that capacity unless they have achieved competence equivalent to RYA
    Level 2.

    Members Boats
  6. Members are required to keep their boats in a seaworthy condition. All craft shall be of a
    type suited to sea conditions and shall have adequate buoyancy to support the craft and its
    normal crew in the event of capsize or swamping for an extended period. Inflatable side
    buoyancy bags shall, where fitted, be adequately secured by straps of at least 25mm wide. It
    shall be the sole responsibility of each owner or helm to ensure that the buoyancy of his/her
    craft is adequate and remains so whilst sailing.
  7. Members are required to possess for each boat they have in the compound third party
    insurance to the sum of £3,000,000.
  8. Boats stored in the compound with their masts up must be tied to the ground or to a road
    trailer to prevent them from blowing over.
    Agreed at Committee Meeting 6th Feb 2019
  9. Owners of boats with engine capacities exceeding 6 hp shall not be eligible to use such craft
    from Club premises; this excludes Club Patrol Boats.

    Club Compound
  10. The Compound Master will be responsible for the placement of all boats in the compound at
    all times.
  11. If road trailers must be stored in the compound, they must occupy the space allocated to the
    boat or in a space allocated for trailers by the Compound Master and be adequately secured
    against theft.
  12. Club keys will only be issued to members who are 18 years or older.
  13. All craft must be removed from the Club Compound if requested by the Club Committee.
    The Committee reserve the right to remove such craft at the owners own risk (as laid down
    in the Constitution) and dispose of such craft as it sees fit.
  14. Vehicles must be not be brought into the compound except when actually loading/unloading
    their craft.
  15. Dogs or other animals are not allowed in the Club Compound

    Ettiquette
  16. Club members must assist other members with launching and retrieval of each others’ boats
    and the Patrol Boat
  17. Boats must not be left unattended for any length of time on the slipway. Boat trolleys must
    be placed in such a way that they do not obstruct access to the water by other club members
    and their boats.
  18. Boats which have finished a race or who are not racing must keep clear of the finish line.
  19. Members are required to assist in the running operation of the Club, including Duties, Work Parties, and Committees.

    Other Rules
  20. You accept and acknowledge that:-
    i. Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element
    of risk and Members, guests and visitors accept responsibility for exposing themselves to
    such inherent risks
    ii. You will comply at all times with the Club Constitution, Rules, policies procedures and
    instructions, and decisions made in respect of those provisions by Club Officers
    iii. You accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by your
    negligence, and for deciding whether you are competent to sail in the prevailing conditions
    iv. You will not participate in Club activities whilst your abilities are impaired by alcohol or
    drugs or whilst otherwise unfit to participate
    Agreed at Committee Meeting 6th Feb 2019
    v. The provision of Patrol Boat cover is limited to such assistance as can be practically
    provided in the circumstances.
  21. No member may spend money on behalf of the Club without the express permission of
    either the Committee or (exceptionally) two Flag Officers. The purchase of petrol and oil for
    normal sailing purposes is not included in this rule. Committee members are allowed to
    spend up to £100 on behalf of the club without prior agreement by the committee.
  22. If a person on duty is permitted by the OOD to race because there are more than enough
    other race team members available, it should be on the understanding that the Sailing
    Secretary may call on them to make themselves available should a volunteer be required at a
    future date.
  23. Club Rules shall not be created, repealed or amended except by a majority vote at a
    committee meeting at which at least two-thirds of the committee members are present, or by
    a majority vote of club members present at an AGM or EGM. Changes to the Constitution
    can only be made by a majority vote of club members at an AGM or EGM.