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High Wind Safety at YDSC

This article is intended to provide safety information to everyone on the water during high-wind events and when conditions deteriorate quickly.

The club provides a high standard of training for powerboat and safety cover and enjoys the support of a group of willing volunteers and experienced drivers to provide safety cover throughout the year. The escort duty is one of the most difficult roles when conditions deteriorate, so a big thank you to our volunteers and powerboat drivers.

With the onset of winter and the possibility of some high winds and cold weather can Race Officers, Sailors and Escort Duty volunteers be aware of the following specific points, some extracted from the club's operating policy:

Race Officers

  • In high winds do not set courses that use marks too near the leeward shore.
  • Keep a lookout for capsizes and radio information to the escorts.
  • Be prepared to radio to "shore" if more escorts are required and boats are available.
  • Consider abandoning the race in good time if conditions deteriorate or safety boats are compromised.
  • Brief the whole team on windy days to make sure everyone understands the operating policy and the points below.


  • Be prepared to use high wind techniques to self-rescue or control your boat when swamped after a capsize, such as heaving-to or dropping the main to sail to safety on the jib.
  • Have enough rope on board for a painter for towing, or to secure your boat to a bouy in the event of fatigue.
  • Carry a whistle and use it if you need to call for assistance.
  • Be prepared to help other sailors in distress if rescue cover is not immediately available.
  • If being offered assistance after multiple capsizes please cooperate with any instructions from the rescue boat. They may need to perform another rescue elsewhere at short notice.

Escort Duty Volunteers

Obviously decision making is not easy when there are multiple events occurring simultaneously, and when there are more events than escort boats on the water. These need to be prioritised and coordinated between boats using radio communications. In practice and in extreme cases this may force you to abandon boats and rescue people, or ask sailors to employ the self rescue strategies above after initial recovery from a capsize. 

If events deteriorate the lead escort should prioritise and coordinate over the radio. For prioritisation refer to the following points from the best practice guide:

  • Count heads.
  • Always prioritise people before boats.
  • In the case of multiple capsizes, prioritise who needs help most - those trapped, injured, least experienced, children, those nearest the lee shore.
  • When dealing with one incident, ensure a good look out for other (more serious) incidents on the water.
  • Before you go in to rescue think : 'plan, manoeuvre, escape’.
  • Safety boat crew and drivers must be dressed ready to enter the water and be prepared to do so.
  • If someone is trapped underneath an inverted dinghy, the quickest way to help is for two people to climb on the centreboard and right it as quickly as possible.
  • When considering attempting a rescue, think first about not endangering yourself or making the situation worse. Are you able to help or will you get into trouble yourself?
  • If boats are abandoned always try to alert other safety boats so they do not go looking for entrapped bodies etc. If possible mark with ‘safety boat aware’.
  • Radios should be secured to the driver of the Safety boat, not to the boat, so that if the boat inverts or the driver gets separated from the boat he is still able to use the radio.

More Information

See here for the full Safety Boat Best Practice, Risk Assessment, Race Officer Guidelines and other YDSC Operating Policy documents (requires member login). 

There is also one space left on the Safety Boat course on 8th / 9th October (RYA Level 2 Powerboat required).

Please contact Erica if interested:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Galley News !

A warm welcome to our new face in the Galley - Sharon Cooper who is now employed by the club as the friendly face behind the counter. She has already done a couple of weekends working alongside Karen and is settling in well. Please make her welcome and help her to get to grips with our strange requirements and sailing ways!  Rural Recipes will no longer be running the galley but will still be involved in the background planning menus and preparing food. 

Sharon could do with help in the busy times between 10am and 2pm so we are looking for volunteers to help in the galley.  Its a great way to meet the whole club, and get involved, particularly for non sailing members.

Click here to volunteer.


Watch this space for a quick round-up of what's on the way at YDSC

Grimwith Webcams!  Click here plus thumbnail link on the right hand panel


All 2016 Results : here


Sat 1st Oct  Casual sailing   . Full Galley

Sun 2nd Oct  Club Sunday AM (2) , Start of the Club Autumn Series . Full Galley


Sat 8th - 9th October BPC RYA Powerboat Training  Full Galley

Sat 8th - 9th October D-Zero/Catapult Open Click here for Notice of Race and full details  Full Galley Camping Friday pm / Sat Pm .

Sun 9th October   Club Sunday AM (2) , Club Autumn Series  Full Galley

Sat 22nd Improvers and Youth Improvers Development Club Full Galley

Youth Development Club 10-4 pm Click here for details

2016 Beginners (AM) and Improvers (PM) Click here for details

Powerboat Training

Want to learn how to drive the powerboats?  Feeling rusty and need a refresher? 

Dinghy Training for 2016 - Beginners and Improvers

During 2016 we will run a comprehensive series of courses for everyone who feels they would benefit from a spot of training. 

(Download the booking form here).

Foundation Race Coaching

Want to move into Racing but don't feel confident?

Here’s the solution: Join the 2016 Foundation Race Coaching sessions on Saturday afternoons.


An open invitation to all YDSC young sailors who want to improve your sailing skills. The aim of the YDYDC is to include those sailors who have reached "improver" level and take them to the next stage.  The club will include coaching, single/ double handed boats, spinnaker work, video feedback, games and racing.




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