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SAFE ROWING AT BEAUMARIS
 

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
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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
-the oars shall be stored in the lock-up garage when not in use
-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.
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By-Law 1: A crew returning a boat to the pound in a mucky state shall take responsibility for cleaning her.
 

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
 

4. Permission shall be required from a Club Launch Officer to launch a boat.

Permission to take a boat to an away event shall be given by the Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary acting together.

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 towing vehicle

 

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 wind.
 

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 Log.  

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 in lifting.

   -  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 before lifting.

   -  Other crew move to other side of boat to keep her balanced as man comes back into boat.

   -  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)

 

18. SWAMPING

 

   -  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.