Limitations of the Club's general liability
Members of the Club, their guests and visitors use the Club premises and any other facilities of the Club entirely at their own risk and impliedly accept that:
- The Club will not accept any liability for damage to, or loss of, property belonging to members, their guests or visitors to the Club.
- The Club will not accept any liability for personal injury arising out of the use of the Club premises, and any other facilities of the Club, or out of participation in any races organised by the Club, or social events organised for Junior Fortnight whether such events take place at the club or elsewhere and whether sustained by members, their guests or visitors, or caused by the said members, guests or visitors whether or not such damage or injury could have been attributed or contributed to or was occasioned by neglect, default or negligence of any of them, the Officers, Committee, JF Committee or any other servant of the Club.
- Children, Parents and guardians are warned that the limitations referred to above apply equally to their children and wards, i.e. those under the age of 18 years. While the Club normally provides support facilities for organised races it cannot accept responsibility for children and wards while they are not engaged in such racing or in organised activities afloat.
- Parents and guardians have sole responsibility for their children at such times and, except when so engaged, the Club cannot be expected to exercise supervision and control.
Racing 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 inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:
(a) 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;
(b) They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;
(c) They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;
(d) Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;
(e) The provision of a race management team, support boats and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;
(f) The provision of support boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances.
(g) It is their responsibility to familiarise themselves with any risks specific to this venue or this event drawn to their attention in any rules and information produced for the venue or event and to attend any safety briefing held for the event.