Rules for borrowing the Club Dinghies
Pre-requisite – You must be a member to borrow these boats, you must have a practical knowledge of the basics of sailing.
Adult and Junior Members may borrow club boats as long as they meet the requirements as set out below
2 x Topper , 5 x Optimist, 1 x GP14, 2 x Pico, 2 X RS FEVA, 2 X RS Visions
- At the beginning of the season Parents will complete a Registration Form for their children. Providing details of Child, Sailing experience & RYA certs, Contact numbers, confirming parental supervision will be undertaken when child is sailing. No child will be permitted to borrow a boat if this has not been completed. By signing this registration form you are accepting all rules pertaining to the use of the club boats.
- The Registration also applies to children who own boats, who are under 16 and have not completed RYA Stage 4 and/or Start Racing levels. A copy of these forms will be retained in the Race Office for reference by the Race Officer and Safety Officer.
- A booking Form must be completed for the use of boats to avoid disappointment and to ensure a controlled use of these dinghies. The Forms are on the Notice Board in the Training Room for each type of boat.
- Any damage must be reported to the following: Bosun (Rory McKenna), Sailing Secretary (Ben Ferris), Safety Officer(Richard Robinson), Principal (John Lewis), or any Committee Member at once. The log book in the Training room is to be completed by the parent to indicate any damage to equipment. The penalty for not doing so is the Member is banned from using the equipment.
- The borrower is responsible for the repair of any damage to the club’s satisfaction or pay the insurance excess where the blame lies with the borrower.
- Please ensure the boat in use is checked prior to launching, ensure all items are secured correctly. e.g. Rudder pins on Picos, masts in Oppies & Toppers. Bailers are working, bungs are in transom of boats as required. Ask for assistance from an experienced sailor, they will be happy to help. The Club’s DIs and AIs will also be on hand to reference.
- The dagger board, rudder, mast and sails must be stowed properly within the boats and the covers secured. Also dinghies parked appropriately off the main promenade.
- The RS Feva may only be used once shown the rigging procedure and having been accompanied by an Instructor during a course or following completion of Start Racing sessions and awarded a level of certification.
- The same member may not book the boat for more than two weeks at one time, nor consecutively unless no other members require use of the boat. On the next occasion they may then sail said boat if not booked.
- All boats sailed by members outside of the normal organised racing (Sundays & Wednesdays) do so at their own risk. Juniors must have parental supervision and permission to sail any boat at all times. This is not the Club’s responsibility to supervise the children. The exception is only when children are taking part in supervised training under the RYA RTC and Instructors are in authority.
- The DECISION to sail :
- The Club understands that many parents do not have a sailing background and may require guidance in decision making as to whether their child should sail.
- It is important to understand that 1 or 2 weeks on a supervised sailing course still limits the conditions under which your child should take to the water. They have been taught the basic essentials of sailing and only in a controlled manner in suitable weather conditions.
- Practice in steady winds, smooth seas, strong winds and rough seas can only come with regular exposure and can only be managed as your child’s confidence increases. This does not mean they should try sailing in all weathers. This can instil fear and weaken confidence. There are so many variables in wind direction, sea state etc.
- For these reasons the Club may rule they do not take to the water. The Race officer may assess he/she only has sufficient safety cover for the experienced racing sailors. We are limited to how much supervision can be provided to the inexperienced. However taking this onboard, this year (2015) we hope to assign a Safety Boat to supervise non racing sailors when we have 3 on the water. This is not a mandated action, it is an aspiration based on gaining enough qualified volunteers from the membership.
- There will be a controlled area they must remain within the boundaries of if they are not racing. This enables the Race officer and those driving the RIBs to monitor these sailors whilst still enabled the planned racing activities to be progressed safely.
By Order of Sailing Committee