Boat Officer Duty

The safe operation of the Club is designated to the Duty Officer and Boat Officer who perfectly within their right to:

  • Order all boats off the water e.g. if too many boats are capsizing or imminent thunder storm.
  • Insist on addition safety cover before sailing is allowed.
  • Cancel or postpone racing.
  • Recommend children/novices do not sail.
  • Order individuals off the water.

The Boat Officer.....

  • WILL ATTEND EVERY capsize. Your priorities are entrapments/vulnerable people FIRST. Remind your helm about engines OFF when approaching people in the water.
  • Have a ‘spare’ rescue boat ‘ready to go’ i.e. with fuel and radio. Complete your boat equipment checklist. Ensure you have enough fuel for the day.
  • Make arrangements for cover when safety boat crews are ‘off the water’ and boats are still out sailing?

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:

  1. Any boat with the potential for an entrapment.
  2. Any boat where they cannot see a person in the water or on top of their boat
  3. Children or frail adults where periods in the water can lead to hypothermia

Similarly the following may be de-prioritised:

  1. Anyone sitting on top of their boat (and safe)
  2. Anyone who has made it to shore (and safe)

Duty Cover

Safety Boat cover is to be provided during the programmed sailing times:-

  1. Saturdays 13:30 until 18:00
  2. Sundays & BH Mondays 10:30 until 18:00
  3. Sundays (Nov & Dec) 10:30 until 15.30
  4. Tuesday and Thursday 17:00 approx. until dusk

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. Sun cream in summer…thermals, gloves dry-suit 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!

The Weather

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:

  1. Wind greater than Force 3 (7-10 Knots) and 15 or more craft out then 2 safety boats should be considered.
  2. Wind greater than Force 4 (11-16 Knots) and 15 or more craft out then 2 safety boats should be in place.
  3. If more boats on the water or conditions dictate get more boats ready.

HOW TO.......get and put away powerboats....

HSC Powerboat - Jeanneau's in and out


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. For example, all day on the water in windy conditions, and you will find you will probably need to re-fill!

Complete a radio check

Identify your Shore Based Person.

A Good reminder


Our workhorse craft that provide our main rescue cover. Find here a reminder of how to look after them. How to set-up for the day and putting them to bed!

Boat Fuel Shed Engine
Jeanneau 1 Petrol 1 Shed 1 30hp Tohatsu
Jeanneau 2 Petrol 2 Shed 2 25 hp Tohatsu
Planning 5 Petrol 5 On shore 6 hp Mercury
Jeanneau 6 Petrol 6 Shed 6 25hp Tohatsu
Planing 7 Petrol 7 Shed 7 25 hp Tohatsu


Mainly a training instructors resource with good observation seating for helm. Good manoeuvrability and simple controls.

Boat Fuel Shed Engine
Humber 4 Petrol can 4 Shed 4 30hp Tohatsu
Humber 3 Petrol can 3 Shed 3 30 hp Tohatsu


Our tender for use to and from the boat sheds.

3.2m Air V-floor inflatable. Capacity: 4 persons. Fitted with streamlined oars, lifting hooks. Bow and stern ropes. Inboard one-way drain valve. Radio holder. Petrol tank securing system.

  • Lives on a hand trolley in the log cabin.
  • Launch/Recover from the main concrete slipway.
  • Make sure engine is in the 'UP' position when moving & putting in/off the water.
  • Helm sits on the 'starboard' side (marked 'sit-here') and crew must be positioned appropriately to balance the boat.
  • Leave berthed during the day on the powerboat pontoon near the shore, ready to 'go'.

To get in touch either send us an email or call into the club when we are running organised racing.