Yarmouth Sailing Club Declaration (Sailors) 2021
Rule 4 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone.” This also applies to all non-racing sailing events.
Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:
a) They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;
b) They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;
c) They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;
d) Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;
e) The provision of a race or event management team, patrol boats, umpires and other officials and volunteers by the organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;
f) The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances;
g) It is their responsibility to familiarise themselves with any risks specific to the venue or event drawn to their attention in any rules and information produced for the venue or event and to attend any safety briefing held for the event;
h) For coastal and offshore events, they are responsible for ensuring that their boat is equipped and seaworthy so as to be able to face extremes of weather; that there is a crew sufficient in experience and fitness to withstand such weather; and that the safety equipment is properly maintained, stowed and in date and is familiar to the crew;
i) The fact that race officials may conduct inspections of a boat does not reduce the responsibilities of each competitor set out above;
j) Their boat is adequately insured, with cover of at least £3,000,000 (three million pounds sterling) against third party claims.
I confirm that I have read the above Risk Statement and agree to abide by it when sailing at YSC.
Transmission of Covid 19 [CV19]
I also confirm that I have read and understand the measures adopted by the Club and outlined in Sailing Instruction 7 to control the transmission of CV19. In taking part in this event I agree that these control measures are adequate but cannot guarantee a risk-free event. I am taking part in this knowledge and accept the risks myself. I also confirm that if I have any of the symptoms of CV19 or been in contact with someone who has CV19 in the last two weeks that I will exclude myself from taking part in this event