Itchenor Sailing Club exists to provide the opportunity for members to sail competitively, to enjoy other on-the-water activities and going down to the sea, and to fully use the Club facilities ashore. By its nature our sport depends on weather, wind and water which can be unpredictable and dangerous. In providing the support structure for members to take part in these activities the Club is clear about its commitment to Health, Safety and Environmental performance (HSSE). This is simply stated:
No harm to people and no damage to the environment.
Nothing is more important to us than the health, safety and security of the people who work for us, our members, and the community in which we operate. Our environment is shared and we must be vigilant, disciplined and always be looking out for one another.
We are committed to complying with applicable laws, Club procedures, managing our operating activities and risks, reporting HSSE performance and learning from internal and external HSSE events. Everyone in the Club has a part to play.
Individual accountabilities are of utmost importance. While our senior employees, Flag Officers and Principal Race Officers will make clear and direct specific safety actions according to prevailing conditions, each person must always assess conditions and decide for themselves whether it is appropriate for them to sail or go out on the water in any boat for any activity.
Each skipper and crew is accountable for assessing the conditions and the relevance of specific safety directives from Officers in relation to the strength, experience and ability of themselves. They will also take into account the seaworthiness of their craft, the adequacy of their clothing and the condition of their personal flotation devices.
No one should feel under pressure to go out on the water, to compete in or support Club activities. The Club exists to support the enjoyment of racing, sailing and other on-the-water activities. The efforts of all of us to maintain safe operations will ensure we continue to be able to enjoy the sport we love
1.20: Members of the Club, their guests and visitors, use the Club premises and any other facilities of the Club entirely at their own risk and accept that:
(1) The Club will not accept any liability for any damage to or loss of property belonging to Members, their guests or visitors to the Club, including boats and equipment stored or left at, on or in the Clubs premises and staging
(2) The Club will not accept any liability for personal injury arising out of the use of the Club premises, or any other facilities of the Club, or out of participation in any races or other activities organised by the Club, whether sustained by Members, their guests or visitors, or caused by the said Members guests or visitors, whether or not such damage or injury could have been attributed or contributed to or was occasioned by neglect, default or negligence of any of them, the officers, committee, Members or servants of the Club.
(3) Before inviting any guests or visitors onto the premises or to participate in events organised by the Club, Members are required to draw their attention to this notice.
(4) The Clubs Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy Statement is in Section 4 of the Handbook
Dated: January 2022 Review date: January 2024
Last updated 11:22 on 28 November 2023