Shanklin Sailing Club, Hope Road, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, PO37 6EA   •   •   01983 862233

Advice to members on leisure sailing

Dear Member

It is really good to see so many people out sailing either in groups or racing. Members have been observing social distancing and being considerate towards each other. Following recent events can we remind all members of the sailing advice sent out by the Vice Commodore in June.

    Preparing to sail:
    • Check the following when deciding whether to go afloat:
    • Forecast, temperature, wind speed, direction, sea state, tide, visibility, your own level of competence
    • Ensure you have informed someone that you are going sailing, where you will be sailing and for how long. Ideally arrange to sail with a “buddy” so you can watch out for each other whilst on the water.
    • The club house changing rooms are currently closed so arrive at the boat park “ready to sail”. Drysuits are obviously the easiest option. Ensure you have the right sailing clothes for the conditions.
    • Do you have the right safety equipment? ALWAYS wear a life-jacket/PFD. We strongly recommend you have the following with you on your boat:
      • Righting line (can also be used as a tow-line)
      • Sail float or mast-head float (if you are unable to right your boat by yourself if you capsize).
      • Sailing gloves
      • Wind-indicator
      • Spare rope/shackles
      • Phone or radio
      • Beverage

  • On the water:
    • BE CONSERVATIVE! Sail WITHIN the limits of your ability.
It is important that both individuals and groups consider this advice and undertake risk assessments before leaving the beach.

Thank you

Covid Sub Committee

Shanklin Sailing Club
Hope Road
Isle of Wight
PO37 6EA

01983 862233
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