This document shall be given to new members of the Beaumaris Rowing Club.
1. Equipment carried at all times on all Club boats: small first aid kit, throw-bag,
mobile phone or VHF, space blankets, bucket and bailer. A flag shall be flown from
the stern during all non-race outings.
2. Security & care of equipment -the boat trailer shall never be put in the water:
use launching trolley or carry the boat to water’s edge -the boat trailer shall be
wheel clamped at all times when not in transit -when ashore, the boat shall be propped
up so that water drains out and the bung shall be removed. The cover shall be put
on the boat when ashore. -By-Law 1: A crew returning a boat to the pound in a mucky
state shall take responsibility for cleaning her.
-oars should not be raised above waist-high on the shore and in the boat. Have pity
on the poor cox and passers-by!
3. When on the water in a Club boat or taking part in the launch or recovery of a
Club boat, all members at all times shall wear a life-jacket or buoyancy aid, except
that in races only after the Cox and the Stroke have considered all the current circumstances,
including the age, experience and general fitness of the crew, the weather, sea and
visibility conditions, the Cox may pass the responsibility for wearing or not wearing
life-jackets to the individual crew members.
Race crews shall wear life jackets or
buoyancy aid when boarding the boat and shall keep the life buoyancy aid or life
jacket to hand in the boat. Revised July 2015
Crutch straps are essential to prevent the inflated life jacket riding up over the
user’s head. So buy a life jacket with a fitted crutch strap or buy a separate strap
and retro-fit it.
4. Permission shall be required from a Club Launch Officer to launch a boat.
to take a boat to an away event shall be given by the Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary
One member of the crew of a boat going to an away event will be designated
as “captain” who will: - be responsible for the safety of the crew and boat - will
collect the entry fee and petrol costs from the crew - reimburse the driver of the
5. If fresh South-Easterly winds cause bumpy conditions on the slipway, consider
launching and recovering from the beach by the Pier Cafe.
In strong South-Westerly
winds, consider trailing the boat to Gallows Point, launching and recovering from
the beach there.
Give obstacles such as Beaumaris Pier and moored boats a wide berth
in strong winds. Longboats are very shallow and are easily pushed sideways by the
6. Boarding and Landing The cox is responsible for the safe boarding and disembarking
of the crew. Keep a lookout for incoming washes from passing vessels. Decide who will
row where in the boat at the top of the slipway. When landing, row the boat very slowly
towards the shore with rowers at 3 and 4 until the bow rower’s feet touch the bottom. When
boarding, push the boat into deeper water to keep her afloat. If the boat is left
to dry out on the beach, take the rudder off to prevent the boat ending up resting
on the rudder. Make sure that there are enough crew to lift the boat to put her back
into the water.
7. The Launch Officer shall be responsible for monitoring the boat’s safe return.
8. The Outing Log shall be completed before each outing with the time of launching
and names of the crew and after each outing to confirm safe return.
9. The mussel boats working off Beaumaris have to navigate above the mussel beds.
Rowing boats should keep well clear of mussel boats at all times.
10. The navigation channel in the Menai Strait is narrow. Ships are confined to this
channel by their draft. Rowing boats must keep out of the way of large vessels.
11. Rowing boats are low in the water and are vulnerable to being run down by larger
vessels. Rowing boats must keep a lookout behind as well as in other directions.
12. When cruising, rowing boats should give way to racing yachts out of courtesy.
Racing yachts will be concentrating on their race and their look-out may be impaired.
Racing yachts may also make sudden and unpredictable changes of course.
13. Local hazards
a. Puffin Sound: Be aware that conditions in the Sound may be different to those
in the Strait. For example, a swell coming from the North can be compressed by an
adverse tide into steep waves.
b. Do not row at any time in “Boulder Bay” because of the danger of collision with
rocks just under the surface of the sea. When going to the North East, pull into
the channel or go over the banks from the three houses before the radio mast until
after headland at the end of Boulder Bay. c. The wreck off Penmon may be totally
covered by water and is a hazard that should be given a wide berth.
d. The Lavan Sands
and other banks dry out at half-tide and after. Boats should come away from the banks
in good time to avoid stranding.
e. There are strong tidal streams in the Menai Strait.
When possible, go up-tide first and then come back with the tide. Be aware that rowing
back against the tide will be tiring.
f. There is a large rise and fall of tide in
the Menai Strait. If the tide is going down, ensure that the crew will be able to
get the boat back up the slipway after the outing. If the crew goes ashore during
an outing, ensure that the boat will not be stranded by a falling tide.
g. Do not
row under Beaumaris Pier. Dangling fish hooks etc could injure the crew.
14. USING THE THROW BAG
- Keep the throw-bag to hand in the stern, not inside the
dry-bag. - Undo the bag and pass the rope end to another crew member. - Do not wrap
the rope around your arm or wrist. If necessary, wrap the rope around your back.
Pay out some rope if tension becomes too great. - Do not stand in the boat. Throw
while sitting down. - Throw the bag overarm so that it lands upwind and up-tide of
the rescuee. - Throw the bag past the rescuee so that he/she can grab the rope. -
Re-pack the rope by leading it over your shoulder and just push it into the bag:
do not coil the rope as this may cause a tangle. - Do some practice throws before
you need to use the bag for real!
15. Damage procedure: Any damage to a Club boat should be recorded in the Damage
16. Incident procedure: if any Club member is injured whilst on the Club activity,
this should be recorded in the Incident Log. Any incident involving a non-Club vessel
should also be recorded in the Incident Log.
17. HOW TO RESCUE A MAN OVERBOARD
- Pilot or bow rower points to man-overboard until back holding on to the boat.
- Bring the man-overboard to side opposite stroke gate: cox and stroke assist
- Heel the boat down towards the man in the water.
- Push the man-overboard down into the water a couple of times to build up momentum
- Other crew move to other side of boat to keep her balanced as man comes back
- Carry a strop. If it is not possible to get the man-overboard back into the
boat and put the strop under his/her armpits to keep him/her alongside. Then row
slowly to the shore.
("man" = male or female rower)
- Make the sure that the buoyancy tanks do not leak. If in doubt, fill the tanks
with milk bottle etc.
- Carry one or more buckets.
- The crew bar-one will have to get out of a swamped boat in order for one rower
to start bailing.
- If the water is choppy, bailing out may not work. In this scenario
all crew get out of boat, hold on and await rescue.
19. Members are also requested to study the safety and good-practice information
on the Welsh Sea Rowing Association website.
The clear safety advice from the RNLI, Coastguard, yachting associations etc. is
that if there is a person in the water the first step any vessel must take is to
try to recover the casualty. If this is not possible then it is a clear Mayday.
A Mayday call must be a matter of judgement, not a knee jerk reaction. A Mayday call
would lead to an immediate lifeboat launch bypassing any discussion between the Coastguard
and the Duty Launching Authority. It would also lead to any vessels in the vicinity
coming to assist, which would be complete overkill in the scenario a fit rower overboard
in warm and calm conditions. Mayday should be used when there is an immediate danger
of loss of life.
A Mayday call should be sent out immediately if the victim is unconscious or unwell.
It may be appropriate to send out a Mayday call immediately after a rower overboard
in cold or rough weather.