Safety Boat cover is to be provided during the programmed sailing times:-
REMEMBER: You are covering the times identified, not just the racing.
Personnel check: Driver must have a minimum RYA Powerboat level 2 qualification and if aged between 16 and 18, the crew must be aged 18 or older. If the driver is over 18, the minimum age for the crew is 16.
The crew must be physically able to assist with a rescue, and one member of the team must be dressed to enter the water. Make sure you are appropriately dressed for long periods on the water. Suncream in summer…thermals, gloves drysuit in winter.
Duty Officers have a checklist of things to discuss BEFORE sailing. A copy is attached to the rear of the race clipboard. PLEASE DO USE IT!
Discuss the forecast with the Duty Officer and look at the weather to determine how many safety boats may be required. Use the following guidelines:
Fetch fuel cans with kill cords from petrol store. The tiller steering boats need 1 kill cord to operate. The RIBs need 2 kill cords PLUS KEY. An extra spare kill cord must remain attached to every fuel can for use in emergency. Fuel tank must be secured to the boat whilst in use.
Ensure you have enough petrol eg All day on the water and numerous rescues - you will find you will probably need to re-fill! Make life a bit easier for yourself - undo the air screw on the tank before tipping-up to fill the powerboat cannisters
Fetch radios from Race Office. Identify your Shore Based Person. Carry out a radio check. Radios should be set to Channel 1. Ensure each boat that is ready to be used has a radio on-board. See side panel for more information
Any Safety Boats that are not on the water should be tied up, but ready for use on the Pontoon directly opposite the Clubhouse.
Keep vigilant. It is often best for Driver and Crew to face in opposite directions. You may have to prioritise the order of the rescue. As examples you may need to raise the priority for:
Similarly the following may be de-prioritised:
You are responsible for Safety and so do not be afraid to:
Remember WHEN NEAR PEOPLE IN THE WATER STOP THE ENGINE
Entrapments are the most likely cause of a serious injury on the water. They must be dealt with promptly, and as a priority. The RYA advice is to ‘right the boat as quickly as possible’
End of the day:
Put everything away as you would like to find it. Check radios are all there, they should all be switched off and registered in their holders so that either a red or green light is displayed.