Health and Safety Requirements


All motor vehicles are prohibited from the seafront berthing area – (pedestrian access only).  Please remember the public have little knowledge of dinghy sailing and the risks associated therein so be wary of the public especially when transiting the town where they may step out between car and trailer, when rigging and when moving boats.

Combination trailers and road trailers will not be allowed in the berthing area at anytime unless given express permission by the Beach-master, where terms expressed must be followed to the word.

Boats and equipment will be unloaded in the designated areas and only launching trolley, boats and equipment will be permitted onto the berthing area on the seafront.

After unloading boats, cars and road trailers are to be immediately removed to the car park and trailer park. Any cars left in designated parking spaces beyond time period specified by reception team will incur a £20 Fine for every 15 minute period commenced. All fines must be paid for eligibility to sail.

Please comply with the stewards / Marshall’s directions at all times and ask for information or assistance if required..

To avoid risks related to swinging booms please do not rig mainsails at any time until adjacent to the water. Please do not turn boats over to adjust rigging/spreaders etc on the seafront, please use the beach for this. Note the river bed and beach areas are considered part of the dinghy park and you must comply with Marshall’s directions and signage at all times.

When leaving your berth ensure covers, loose equipment, spars etc are stored neatly to avoid any risk to pedestrians (maintain compounds) and do not hang equipment off seafront handrails over the beach.

Please move boats and trolleys at walking pace only in order to avoid collision with passers by

Once launched, launching trolleys are to be returned to the storage areas, or, if unavailable due to tide, the compound berths.

When returning ashore please respond to requests of safety crews and beach Marshall’s

Competitors are to have adequate insurance, and in particular 3rd party insurance, in the minimum sum of £5,000,000 (details to be provided on entry).

After sailing please recover your boats to the compound with mainsails lowered where stewards will re-establish any enclosures.

When departing at the end of the week, please observe above instructions established for arrival. Please prepare for a rapid loading and collection of boats.  Assistance for loading boats onto road trailers will be provided on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

If you do bring extra spars, blades etc speak to the Beach-master about storage and please bag small spare gear.

 

RISK STATEMENT

Rule 4 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone.”

Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:

  • They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;
  • They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;
  • They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;
  • Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;
  • The provision of a race management team, patrol boats, umpires and other officials and volunteers by the organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;
  • The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances;