Whether you're a novice or experienced sailor, it is important to properly prepare for your time on the water, while still on land to ensure sailing safety. It's better to be on land wishing you were on the water, rather than on the water wishing you were on land!
The sole decision to cruise or to race lays with the skipper. Due regard must be given to: Weather, Tides, Limitations of the Vessel, Crew, Navigational Dangers, Contingency Plans and leaving Information Ashore.
Skippers and crew should be familiar with SOLAS V regulations.
Skippers (and crew) are encouraged to complete the relevant RYA approved Shorebased and Practical Courses.
RYA Shorebased courses are available at the club - see Training Section.
All vessels must carry appropriate safety equipment on board. This will vary dependent on the type of vessel, the use to which the vessel is put, the area where the vessel will be, the number of persons on board etc.
Guidance on safety equipment can be obtained from ISAF Special Regulations. Yachts participating in GCYC races are expected to comply with 'Special Regulations for Inshore Racing' as the minimum required equipment. In addition all vessels must carry at least one working VHF Marine radio.