Use of Club Boats, Buoyancy Aids and Helmets (SOP 17.5.2)

Club Boats

Seafarers Sailing Club boats are available for all members to use, however, they are not considered as a permanent resource. i.e. all members are expected to normally sail in privately owned boats. The club boats are available for training, club organised cruising and 'occasional' use by any club member: for example when a memberís boat is damaged, regular helm/crew is not available, taking another family member/guest for a sail or trying out a different boat.

For a member/parent/guardian to sign out a club boat they must be qualified to at least RYA Level 2 or have equivalent qualifications and/or competency and experience. Equivalent qualifications, competency may be approved by an RYA Senior Instructor. This does not apply during controlled Training or Practice Sailing Sessions.

Members/parents/guardians must have had recent familiarisation with the club boat required and its rig. Familiarisation is to be carried out by a Seafarers Sailing Club RYA Senior Instructor. They will authorise the use of the applicable boat and sign the accompanying memberís Club Boat Familiarisation Form. Approval to use a club boat may be rescinded if sailing falls below the level required above.

Members are not to take out club boats in a wind force greater than Force 4. Notwithstanding the 'Force 4 limit' members may be denied the use of a club boat if they are not considered sufficiently competent to safely cope with the prevailing conditions. Such inexperienced club members will be limited to using club boats during organised club racing and practice sailing; this will be noted on their Familiarisation Form. Under these circumstances the onus is on the member to check with the OOD/Shore Co-ordinator prior to taking out a club boat. The member should inform the OOD/Shore Coordinator of their level of experience and seek advice on choice of boat/rig and on whether the conditions are suitable for them.

Boats may be booked out in advanced on a 'first come, first served' basis. Ladies, Cadets/Students and Novices will always have priority over club boats for Ladies, Novices and Cadets Races. Club training requirements will always take precedence over any booking.

Suitable Personal Flotation Devices are to be worn at all times.

Masthead flotation bags are to be used on club boats at all times.

Small club boats (currently the Hartley Alpha dinghies) are only to be used by Cadets between the ages of 5 and 16 under 90kg and only during organised training/practice/racing sessions.

Cadets under the age of 11 using club boats are strongly recommended to wear helmets.

Cadets under the age of 11 must, at all times, be supervised by a parent/guardian who must have the authorisation of a Senior Instructor for the use of the boat.

In the event of any damage or breakage, the user is to report the incident to the Rear Commodore, Bosun or any other Committee Member as soon as possible. Please do not discuss/agree with any course of action regarding repairs etc as this will be done by the committee. Also record the damage in the Defect Log. All members/parents/guardians who damage a boat are encouraged to take some responsibility for the damage by fixing or assisting in the repair.

Members/parents/guardians using Club Boats shall be liable for the cost of any damage up to the limit of the insurance excess, in the event of a claim.

Insurance Claim Forms are available in the Officer of the Dayís cupboard, if required.

Club Buoyancy Aids and Helmets

Seafarers Sailing Club holds a small number of buoyancy aids and helmets which are available for members to use however, they are not considered as a permanent resource i.e. all members are expected to provide their own. The club buoyancy aids are intended for visiting guests/friends etc, but would be available for members if a member needed one because they had forgotten theirs (for example).

Buoyancy Aids and Helmets are to be inspected by the users prior to use and signed for in the Club Equipment Booking File in the wetroom.

In the event of any damage or breakage, the user is to report the incident to the Rear Commodore, Bosun or any other Committee Member as soon as possible. Also record the damage in the Defect Log.