Owners of yachts taking part in Club Races shall comply with the following:
The Club safety policy will be on display in the Clubhouse and is normally available in the "Policy Documents" section of this website.
- Any skipper is entirely responsible for the boat's safety, whether afloat or ashore, and nothing, whether in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions or anywhere else, reduces this responsibility.
- It is for the skipper to decide whether the boat is fit to sail in the conditions in which she will find herself. By launching or going to sea, the skipper confirms that she is fit for those conditions and her crew is competent to sail and compete in them.
- Any boat is required to hold adequate insurance and in particular to hold insurance against third party claims for at least £2,000,000 underwritten by an ABI Member or Lloyds of London. Boats that race are recommended to have full racing cover.
- Nothing done by the Club or Race Organisers can reduce the responsibility of the skipper nor will it make the Club or Race Organisers responsibility for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, however it may have occurred, as a result of the boat taking part in the racing or Club event. The organisers encompass everyone helping to run the race and the event, and include the organising authority, the race committee, the race officer, patrol and safety boats and beach masters.
- The provision of patrol or safety boats does not relieve the skipper of responsibility for the safety of the boat, any other boats in the vicinity, and those on board.
- Offshore Races. The boat is responsible to ensure that she is equipped and seaworthy so as to be able to face extremes of weather; that there is a crew sufficient in number, experience and fitness to withstand such weather; and that the safety equipment is properly maintained, stowed and in date and that the crew know how to use it.
POFSA Safety Regulations
Competitors are required to carry the minimum safety equipment (a copy of which is posted in the Clubhouse) as suggested by POFSA where this is in excess of appropriate Class requirements.
The requirements laid down in these regulations are a condition of entry for all club races in the POFSA area.
It is the skipper's responsibility to decide when lifejackets or other personal buoyancy aid should be worn by the crew. The skipper must ensure there are suffficient life jackets for all on board.
Rule RRS40 (Code Y flag) shall not apply. All competitors under the age of 18 are required to wear approved buoyancy aids at all times afloat. Dinghy and board sailors must wear adequate buoyancy and are advised to carry aMarine Distress Flare.
If any boat is in serious difficulty and requires assistance, the nearest boat will be expected to stand by and assist if possible until the arrival of the Safety Boat.
Failure to comply with any of the above safety requirements by competitors will constitute grounds for protest and possible disqualification by the Race Committee.