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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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    VOR 2017-18

    How to watch the in-port racing in Alicante on the water? Hi I am looking to organise a trip to Alicante for the start of the VOR as a present for a very good friend of mine who is turning 75. We went to the Vendee Globe start together in 2012 for his 70th, so this seems to fit! I'd like to go out and see the in-port race, as that is probably the best "bang-for-buck", on the water. Unfortunately, the official VOR on the water experience with a modicum of comfort (he is 75 after all), is the VIP  Spectator Boat for €595, which, compared to the €200 we spent in the VG, is very steep, and shelling out €1200 plus flights and accommodation is a bit much, even for a 75th birthday present. Does anyone know of any other outfits running these kind of tours? Or even a company or private individual with a suitable motorboat that we could charter (with skipper)? For the right price, our wives & my kid could come along too, which would really be the icing on the cake! I've had a good dig around without much luck so far. Any hints and tips would be greatly appreciated! Regards Tom
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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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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    What an amazing welcome for him! Allez les pompiers!!
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    He lost his rudder and had a pretty tough time getting a new one back in, in a storm. Read about it here The english is pretty tame, the french reads much more scary. Incredible feat, in my view.
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Pictures or it didn't happen - first Dutchie in the VG to round Cape Horn after being discovered by Dutchies 401 years ago. "Seeing Cape Horn is very special and emotionally. I drank a bit of rum to celebrate." "The boat is doing well, and the sails are doing well. But my heater broke down today". "I will need another month to finish." Source (in Dutch) "And his autopilot only works on compass, not wind direction, so that means not a lot of sleep during shifty wind periods, such as now" Looks like what happened to Alex... (EDIT) - but an awful lot slower of course...... ;-)
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    French press telling it's Djokovic (ALC) v/s Wavrinka (AT) ?? I didn't know Stan was Welsh....who knew...?... Well Stan is actually from Romandie, and in German Switzerland, that is called "Welschland" or the language "Welsch".... Welsch, das in der Romandie gesprochene Schweizer Französisch
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    In current similar winds, ALC seems consistently 2 kn faster than AT on his favoured side? Lower TWS threshold for foiling for ALC?