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.

Members 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.

Members 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.

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. Inexperienced club members will be limited to using the boats during organised club racing and practice sailing.

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.

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 who damage a boat are encouraged to take some responsibility for the damage by fixing or assisting in the repair.

Members 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.