Safety at Itchenor Sailing Club
Itchenor Sailing Club exists to provide and encourage sailing and associated watersports. By its nature our sport depends on weather, wind and water which can be unpredictable and dangerous. These uncertainties make sailing and racing endlessly fascinating, but conditions which are suitable for one type of boat or crew may be dangerous for another, and can change alarmingly rapidly.
For these reasons each person must always take responsibility for assessing the conditions and deciding for themselves whether it is appropriate for them to sail, or go out on the water in any boat, RIB, or otherwise, whether racing, sailing or supporting. The Club sometimes cancels racing, but this may be only when conditions are judged unsuitable for all relevant sailors. There will be occasions when racing occurs because conditions are suitable for stronger boats or crew, but this does not mean that it is safe for all. Each skipper and crew is responsible for assessing the conditions in relation to the strength, experience, and ability of themselves, their crew and their craft. They are also responsible for the seaworthiness of their boat, the adequacy of their clothing and the effectiveness of their buoyancy aids. No judgement, regulation or inspection made by the Club can take the place of, or diminish, the responsibility of each individual member. While the Club provides support boats, these are manned by Members with varying levels of skill. Members have a particular responsibility for their children and their guests in these respects, both on and off the water.
No-one should ever feel under pressure to go out on the water or to continue to take part in a race or other event. Similar considerations apply also to Members undertaking duties on behalf of the Club.
The Club has a formal disclaimer as below, which all Members are asked to read and note. It is a condition of Membership that this disclaimer is understood and accepted. Please also refer to the safety notices at the back of this handbook.
The responsibilities of the Club in organising racing have to be mirrored by the responsibilities of each member for the safety of themselves and others, to ensure that we continue to be able to enjoy the sport we all love.
"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 accept that:
(1) The Club will not accept any liability for any damage to or loss of property belonging to Members, their guests or visitors to the Club.
(2) The Club will not accept any liability for personal injury arising out of the use of the Club premises, or any other facilities of the Club, or out of participation in any races or other activities organised by the Club, 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, Members or servants of the Club.
(3) Before inviting any guests or visitors onto the premises or to participate in events organised by the Club, Members are required to draw their attention to this notice." (Rule 1.20)