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    Sailing Club Management: safety & helpers

    Hi all Thanks for all the great replies. We have a helper evening tonight and I'll be trying out some of these ideas. I already made the helper requests more specific in terms of time and duties and will be floating other options, such as mentor programs for those wanting to help but perhaps not knowing how. For the safety aspect, we will definitely look into prop guards, setup a safety committee with representatives from the teams themselves, doing some exercises etc. The rya safety boat program looks good, unfortunately they don't run them here, so if anyone has a copy of the syllabus, that would be great. I will buy their book, if it is any good? Once more, thanks for the food for thought, it's really nice digesting that! Cheers Tom
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    Sailing Club Management: safety & helpers

    Hi all, Thanks million for all your answers and I feel we've already got a lot of good ways forward. I fully agree with all the sentiments being put forward here on the safety topic. The sailing programme itself is well covered from a safety perspective: 1 trainer, 1 assistant trainer per boat, number of sailing boats dependent on the weather, regular capsize training and instruction etc. No speeding on the motorboats etc. I think that only needs to be tightened up and formalised a little. But the "farting about" on the motorboats is where the real problem lies. During the sailing camp, they do get taken out by motorboat for lunch on an island or with no wind, cross the lake to go to a beach etc . That in itself is not a problem, but it seems that the minute no sailing boats are involved and the sun is shining, the safety awareness just drops (when it should be way up, travelling at higher than their regular boat speeds). That we need to tackle with some serious boat and risk training, maybe some safety and instruction videos on real life situations (if they insist). I assume that the abovementioned safety protocols are documented? If so, I'd really appreciate a link if they're online somewhere so I can really value them by copying them (it's the sincerest form of flattery!) About helpers: we've thought about getting every one to help at least once a year, but what do you do with those that don't/won't or can't (too old, have already paid their club dues through past activities etc.). How do you distinguish them and what "sanctions" or incentives can you give the ones that don't/won't? It's a tricky issue. Do you pay the ones doing duty more than once? Can you pay off your helper duties (automatic fees if you're not registered as a helper at the end of the year)? Once more, thanks for all your responses, they are really helpful. Cheers, Tom
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    Sailing Club Management: safety & helpers

    All very good suggestions, and good to see that it is a shared concern! Yes, all kids get training and need a certificate, but hands-on experience and emergency drills are still lacking. I think one of the points is that they don't mix with the 'older' drivers and see how they do it. Perhaps that could be fit into a training exercise. Keep them coming! Really appreciate it! Tom
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    Sailing Club Management: safety & helpers

    Thanks for that, that is already something I hadn't considered :-). On the list...
  5. Hi I am in the management team of a sailing club in Switzerland. We have about 300 members, a relatively moribund regatta programme and a pretty thriving junior sailing programme. We're trying to pep things up a bit, without going too overboard, and have come across 2 problems, that I am sure sailing club people all over the world have encountered and I'd like your advice on. 1) We had an incident during our junior sailing camp last summer. The kids (8-16 years, up to about 24) stay over in our clubhouse and spent a week sailing lasers and optis on the lake. The camp leaders are all pretty young themselves, between 16 (for assistants) to about 23/24 years. They have all had the local youth training courses, safety courses and the like, but we still had a near miss where a young kid was thrown out of the club launch (motorboat) during a turn and then in turn was just missed by another motorboat. That could have been really really nasty. The motorboat excursion was just a break and the kids just took their eye of the ball, but it is not the first time we've had, thankfully minor, incidents. We had a talk with them last week about improving the safety culture and proposing a few measures, but we are treading a fine line here. On the one hand are we very happy with the engagement and quality of the sailing coaching they put in, on the other hand we need to manage the risks, both from a welfare as well as from a liability perspective. The trainers are happy to talk about it, but, young as they are, don't really see major ways to improve risk. We don't want to come down like a tonne of bricks, but at the same time, things can't continue as they are. Does anyone have any experience in dealing with this kind of issue? Clear, concise but "light touch" safety regimes? Training exercises in risk awareness and avoidance? Creating a safe risk-discussion environment where they can all talk to us and amongst themselves about these topics without any stigma or fear of repercussion? Any pointers and links would be greatly appreciated. 2) Like all clubs, we struggle with regatta helpers. The number of people are going down, as well as the number of times they are helping. This then leaves precious few people organising regatta for an also diminishing crowd. We could cut our losses and strike some regattas (we might still have to do that) or try to change things. We have chosen, for now, to try and pep up the regatta scene, but also need helpers to make that happen. Does anyone have any experience in engaging and motivating helpers? Do you use payment schemes? Mandatory 1 regatta helping per year for every entrant? "Average Result" bonus for helpers that would normally race (i.e. you get your average historical result in this regatta as if you've sailed it), bonus points, free dinner, you name it. What works and doesn't work? Are there any other schemes out there we should consider (and we've considered them all :-) )? Thanks a lot for your insights and feedback! Tom
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    prize givings

    My club had the Autumn Cup (guess which one) and the Indian Summer Regatta -End of season get ready for winter winner's Library - where you could check out a book and return it in a year. Different.
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    World Sailing - doing their bit...

    Guess they forgot their own "ambitious sustainability agenda"
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    Team Alinghi

    Absolutely, and if EB had even remotely proposed the current protocol, he would have been completely crucified. His 'misdemeanours' pale into comparison with LE and RC's. And lest we forget, the Valencia ACs were real ACs with real challengers, real drama and very well watched "with the biggest crowds ever" (;-)).
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    How to watch live races?

    Thank you!! I was looking for somewhere, found only late night italian TV. This is cool.
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    New imoca boats

    Guess it depends what definition you put on the word "spin". AT has never beaten around the bush, nor come up with any excuses for the crashes, boat problems etc. So no "Spin" was put on those stories. In fact, he has been refreshingly open about it all, I guess secure in the knowledge that his backer is really behind him. He, and HB, knows that stories of woe & adventure, told openly and genuinely, paint a very sympathetic picture and actually reinforce the image of the team, the effort & sponsors, rather than detract from it. The exposure & publicity, handled well, that something like that generates, can easily outstrip that of a win or a podium place. (Joe public don't remember who won the 96 VG, but a lot of them remember Toni Bullimore being stuck in an upside down hull for days. Same goes for Pete Goss rescuing Rafael Dinelli) So he has got that down pat. On top of that, he has created a mythos, a legend, of having the coolest boats (again, Joe Public doesn't care about if it is the fastest, but boy do they look cool), doing the coolest stunts (who else does stunts with their boat? Some windsurfing behind it, tight rope walking on the boom or whatever), that draw amazing exposure figures. And I am sure that he also has a very full agenda of corporate days, speeches and the like and does those very well. So as a publication package, he ain't performing too shabbily for the natty folks at HB (who have neatly sidestepped their rather shady past and have become "cool", only reinforced by this campaign....).
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    New imoca boats

    But they did win the best PR award last year, and reached over 25m views . Guess what the sponsor is most interested in, win races or marketing campaigns :-)
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    New imoca boats

    What's up with the rudders? Almost looks like the grid is affecting the surface of the foils... Cloth Cover ! A Hugo Boss jacket :-)
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    New imoca boats

    I was on holiday in Bretagne and went to visit Lorient - what a great setup that is. I was lucky enough to come across BP as it was being put back in the shed. Hope you like the pics! I sure liked the boat!