The Rules of the Club

otherwise known as

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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, al 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 Safety 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.
  3. 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

  1. 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.
  2. Members are required to possess for each boat they have in the compound third party insurance to the sum of £3,000,000.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

  1. The Compound Master will be responsible for the placement of all boats in the compound at all times.
  2. If road trailers must be stored in the compound, they must occupy the space allocated to the boat and be adequately secured against theft.
  3. Club keys will only be issued to members who are 18 years or older.
  4. 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.
  5. Vehicles must be not be brought into the compound except when actually loading/unloading their craft.
  6. Dogs or other animals are not allowed in the Club Compound


  1. Club members must assist other members with launching and retrieval of each others’ boats and the Patrol Boat
  2. 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.
  3. Boats which have finished a race or who are not racing must keep clear of the finish line.
  4. Members are required to assist in the running operation of the Club, including Duties, Work-Parties, and Committees.

Other Rules

  1. 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

v. The provision of Patrol Boat cover is limited to such assistance as can be practically provided in the circumstances.

  1. No member under any circumstances 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.

  2. No substitute for Duties will be accepted in order to take part in club races. Any results gained in this way will, subject to protest, be liable to disqualification by the Race Committee.

  3. 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.

Approved at Committee Meeting 6 Dec 2017

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