In light of recent incidents involving contact between people in the water and propellors of RIBs and similar craft, the committee has considered whether to fit prop guards on the club RIBs. It is not a straightforward decision as there are a number of factors. The RYA has produced this advice to craft owners and operators, which focuses on prevention through training and good practices. In light of this, and the shallow waters in which we operate, we have elected not to fit prop guards. Members are reminded that you MUST have attended a safety boat course before using the RIB or work boat. We will review our position again in the future should the RYA's advice be updated.
Notes from Alan Butler's safety forums can be found here and here.
We are now racing with larger fleets and it is important that we are smarter in our approach to getting in and out of the water. If crews of boats behind can help those in front on the ramp, boats will get away faster.
In the same way at the end of racing, will crews get their boats back to their space, to prevent accidents from flailing spars, whipping ropes and flapping sails.
- No fuel cans
- No smoking
- No welding or grinding
- No naked lights
- Please do not store personal gear here
In the Compound
- No bare feet in the compound.
- Keep clear of un-guarded quay walls.
- Use both hands when using the quay wall ladders. One person at a time only on the ladder.
- Leave 1 metre clear access along the quay wall when parking cars.
- Take great care when using the causeway to the Race hut. This should only be used by the Race Officer and his/her assistants.
- Observe safety instructions for the use of the hauling-out winch. Obtain instruction from a committee member before first use.
- Although the Club circuits are protected by residual current circuit breakers it is recommended that only 110 volt power tools used with a 240/110 volt transformer are used on the Club premises.
- When using battery chargers connect the leads to the battery and plug in BEFORE switching on the mains. Switch off the mains before disconnecting the battery leads.
- When using the Club's mast climbing ladder follow the safety instruction on the bag.
- Check with Alan Butler before first use.
Free sailing and impromptu racing
Please ensure before going out:
- You have paddles or oars (in addition to any outboard you may have).
- Anchor (not a folding grapnel please, as they don't work) and at least 20m of line.
- Buoyancy hatches and bungs secure. Test dinghy buoyancy annually.
- You are aware of the state of the tide and its range during your proposed sail.
- Ensure that someone is aware of your activity and intended time of return.
- Wear your personal buoyancy.
- Do not use Club dinghies or powerboats for the first time without approval from David Tutton, Alan Butler or Bill Fazakerley.
- For racing, programmed or impromptu, a rescue boat must be on the water and prepared for duty. Personal buoyancy must be worn by all afloat.
Page last updated: 24 November 2015.