GUIDANCE FOR PERSONAL SAILING - ONLY VALID AFTER CONFIRMATION OF SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT RELAXATIONS, WHICH IS UNLIKELY BEFORE 1 JUNE
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT MEMBERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES

 

And, since the MOD Police are most likely to be among the first attending any incident, please accord
them the same courtesy and appreciation of their efforts.

The following suggestions are for guidance only:

  • Arrange to go out with another similar boat (a buddy) and watch out for each other.
  • Check the weather forecast; check times and heights of tides; avoid sailing in a dying wind on an ebb tide
  • Double check your boat's buoyancy, equipment, rigging and fixings
  • Carry a mobile phone in a plastic bag or waterproof container
  • Dinghies should carry a paddle for self-rescue; use righting lines, masthead floats and long painters
  • Realistically (and conservatively) assess yourself, your crew and your boat's ability to cope. Sail well within your comfort zone and don’t take risks.
  • Dress appropriately for the conditions - it is easier to take off a layer than put it on
  • Wear personal buoyancy/lifejackets at all times afloat
  • Go ashore if you have doubts or get cold or tired - there's always another day
  • If you capsize and can't right it, stay with the boat. Never try to swim to shore.
  • Tell a reliable person ashore where you are going and give them your mobile telephone number
  • Arrange a time for your shore mate either to contact you or to raise the alarm
  • Watch all around for shipping, other boats and obstacles
  • Tell your shore mate to stand down when you come ashore; don't stay out alone after your sailing partner comes in
  • Always return to shore well before dusk.
  • No overnight stays allowed. You may, however, anchor temporarily for lunch.