Updated 10 months ago by IT

What type of craft are sailed at the CSC;

  • Single hulled sailing dinghys up to 16’6” or about 5 metres
  • Catamarans and trimarans are not allowed
  • Windsurfing whilst allowed for existing members no new windsurfing memberships are allowed
  • Motorboats are not allowed
  • Canoes – ok as part of a members collection of craft
  • Pneumatic dinghys – ok as part of a members collection of craft.

 Sailing Rights of Way

 There can occasionally be unfortunate incidents involving close encounters between racers and cruiser which result in complaints from both sides and leave some feeling aggrieved. The incidents revolve around boats getting in the way of each other with harsh words and strong language being exchanged.

 CSC byelaw 16 reads:

Members have the right to sail on the club’s lake at any time whether or not special races or events are in progress as long as due regard is given at all times for general courtesy to other members and to their special interests, safety and the provisions of these rules. This can only be overridden by the Executive committee giving at least one month’s notice of closure of all or part of the water.

So barring any special notice, you can cruise, potter or just mess about as much as you want, wherever you want. You have, of course, to stick to the rules of the road – not the racing rules but the International Rules for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (IRPCS)  {also known as the International Regulations for the Passing of Culpabilty at Sea!}.

However, if there is a race taking place then you have a responsibility to keep clear of any boats sailing the course set by the race officer so that you do not interfere with any racer’s prospects. Similarly, if the model yachters are in evidence then both racers and cruisers must keep clear of their area.

If this seems a bit harsh on the non racing fraternity please bear in mind that generally the Sunday dinghy races only take up 1 hour each and the rest of Sunday and almost every other day of the year, cruisers only have to worry about each other.

But racers also have a responsibility. This puts them in a good position to understand the problems a cruiser has when they suddenly look up to see a racing boat (or maybe the whole fleet) bearing down on them. A racer’s responsibility then, is to take it on the chin and point out politely that racing is taking place.

Of course, telling someone politely that they should be elsewhere, when the adrenaline is in full flow and they’ve just hindered your racing is a bit of a challenge! But there is a requirement to be polite and racers must rise to the challenge. (Racers are of course, always shouting Starboard, Water etc to one another, all of which mean ‘I have right of way here’, and all racers accept the brisk and pointed manner in which these claims are made). Equally there is a need for the cruiser to accept that he has found himself in the wrong place and a quick ‘sorry’ wouldn’t go amiss.

 Another point for racers to bear in mind is that if they do come into 'contact' with a cruiser (by which is meant a situation where the one or other of the boats will have to alter course) then it is the IRPCS rules that apply and not the racing rules.

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