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Powerboat Briefing No2

Powerboat Users Briefing

March 2016


The powerboats play a vital role within our club, ensuring our safety on the water and enabling us to race and provide training.

This is the second powerboat briefing and is distributed to all safety boat drivers and crew who have signed up for duties and/or members who regularly use powerboats. It is designed to help keep you, as powerboat users, informed of essential information, act as both a reference point and an aide-memoir. More information - see Powerboat Briefing One.

If you see any articles which you feel will benefit powerboat users or wish to contribute to future briefings please contact Annette Fitzpatrick or any member of our Sailing Committee.

If you have any suggestions for further improving our communications with you or the associated web pages again please contact Annette Fitzpatrick or Steve Baker. Contact details below.

What's new?

Following the results of a recent RYA survey into the use and effects of kill cords we have introduced new recommendations regarding the storage of our ignition keys and kill cords when the powerboats are not in use. See below for more information.

Pontius, our Committee Boat, has recently had a small makeover and now sports a panoramic open sun roof. See below for more information.

We have continued to developed and enhanced our Powerboat Handbook and Safety Boat Driver Briefing. Links to our web pages can be found on your DutyMan reminder emails.

A recent addition to the Safety Boat Driver Briefing is the section on Leaving and airrving at the jetty. See below for further information.

Safety Boat Drivers and Crew

Key responsibilities and priorities

The single most important responsibility is to attend every capsize, this could be at a distance.

  • People before property - Do a head count and check that the sailing crew is safe

Your priorities as a Safety driver and crew include:

  • Your safety
  • Safety of sailing crew rescued
  • Safety of other crews
  • Prevention of further damage to the boat and that of other boats
  • Recovery of boats

Even when not on duty, club members ashore should keep an eye on the water activities and be prepared to assist when necessary.


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Safety Boat Driver Briefing

The Safety Boat Driver Briefing has recently had an additional section added under 'Basic Manoeuvres'. It give some options and guidance for leaving the jetty both windward and leeward. It also gives guidance on arriving at the jetty. Please remember to moor fore and aft.

If you have undertaken crew duties on a safety boat and now feel that you would like to become a Safety Boat Driver, please contact Steve Finney for details. Contact details below.

Read more here.

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Pontius our Committee Boat

Pontius has recently had a small makeover and now sports a panoramic open sun roof.

There are a number of benefits to this upgrade, including enhance sun tan opportunities for anyone going to Barbados, a view of the sky in poor weather for those wishing to improve their astro navigation skills and on a more serious note the alterations give much better access to the front of the boat to deal with unruly anchors and mooring lines. Any feedback on this would be very welcome.

It is planned to complement this alteration with changes to the mooring in the boat house soon.

Powerboat drivers are encouraged to make themselves familiar with South Staffs Sailing Club powerboat driver matrix and safety boat briefing.

Read more here.


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Kill Cords

ALWAYS wear the kill cord at ALL times.

The results of a recent RYA survey into the use and effects of kill cords has been published. Read more Information.

One particular item was the storing of kill cords in position and the reliability of the switch over time when this is done. It is felt by the RYA that keeping the kill switch in use all the time can facilitate corrosion of the contacts and weakening of the springs in the switches and so rendering them unreliable.

With this in mind, the club now has a key board on the wall near the entry door of the boat shed. It is ercommended that at the end of each use, the iginition keys and kill cords be stored on the board.

The club recommendation is to check the kill cord action every time the boats are used.



Safety boat duty

The Safety boat rota is published on the web.

Your duties are entered onto DutyMan and you will be sent an email reminder. If you want to swap your duties you can request a swap via DutyMan.




Key Contacts:

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OOD Guidelines

Also known as the Race Officers Guidelines this covers areas such as setting the course, moving marks, recording results, handicaps, scoring and protests.

Read more here.



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