If you just happened to be in the area, look out to sea, and think how nice it would be to go sailing, or go out there on a launch, then you might just be in luck. Several of us are are mad-keen enthusiasts and given just half an excuse we will start the motor, raise the mainsail, and cheerfully head out for an hour or more, if you ask nicely. You should first ask at the office and if the office is not open then just go take a walk around the marina and ask whomever you come across. Many of our members will be up for that.
Here is our Safety Information for new crew:
IMPORTANT READING FOR SKIPPERS AND CREW
Safety briefings are an important part of any trip on a boat. New crew need to be confident in their skipper, well informed of hazards on board, and encouraged into safe practice from the start.
Skippers need to communicate in a way that means new crew will retain the information.
- Wear a lifejacket. Ask for one if one isn’t offered. Know where lifejackets are stowed if they’re not being worn.
- Keep your centre of gravity low as you move around the boat and always make sure you hold on. One hand for you and one for the boat.
- Be very aware of the boom. It can cause serious damage if it comes in contact with your head.
- Watch out for the mainsheet and traveller if these are in the cockpit. They can whip across the boat in manoeuvres.
- Make sure your skipper demonstrates how to use sheet winches safely – they can carry immense loads at times.
- Keep a watch for other boats which could be on a collision course and tell the skipper.
- Communication between all crew and the skipper is essential to keep everyone safe.
- Keep warm, dry and safe with suitable clothes and non-skid (preferably white soled) shoes.
- Enjoy yourself! Making you aware of your surroundings and any hazards is to ensure that you have the best possible sail with the least possible stress!
NEVER BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS!
Please be aware there are certain legal liabilities inherent in getting on somebodies boat. It is in the interest of both the boat owner and visitor that all parties are aware of the risks involved.