Safety on the Water
You should be aware of the Instructions that Apply to all craft launching from Grafham Water Sailing Club, whether they are racing or not. Key points from this document are summarised below:
Before launching, please note and observe any sailing restrictions in force: these are indicated by the following flag signals, displayed from the waterfront flag poles:
- Flags are displayed alone or with other flag(s) on the pole next to the fuel shed.
- A single short sound signal from the shore means the flag has been changed.
- You also need to look at the map (see below or click here for a pdf) shows the fixed buoys and the no-sailing areas.
- For your safety, you are advised to stay within sight of the Coxswain’s lookout and wear a brightly coloured or fluorescent hat.
PROACTIVE safety cover
- Staff or a volunteer(s) will be watching the water from the shore or from a RIB for anyone needing assistance.
- At times (e.g. tractor in use, another emergency), the level of observation may be lower.
REACTIVE safety cover
- There is not necessarily anyone watching the water but someone is onsite to assist if called.
- You are advised to borrow a VHF handset from the Coxswain to radio for help.
- When sailing, please be vigilant at all times, and be prepared to assist others in difficulties when this does not endanger yourself or your crews. You must take any necessary action to avoid close contact and collisions with other craft. Failure to comply may result in exclusion from club sailing.
- Members and visitors sailing must comply with requests and advice from safety boats – e.g. when it is judged necessary to be taken aboard a safety boat. The first priority of a safety boat is to rescue and return to the club premises sailors judged to be in danger, whether injured, sick, exhausted or cold. Craft will be retrieved and returned to the club when, and if, practicable. Other boats must keep clear of a safety boat in close attendance to a craft or competitor in difficulty.