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Notice of Race
1. Races organised by the Sailing Committee of the Gravesend Sailing Club will be sailed from the Club on the dates and times shown in the Sailing and Events Programme. (Any amendments will be notified by newsletter, race notice board or website).

2. Racing will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 (RRS), the prescriptions of the RYA, the Sailing Instructions of the Gravesend Sailing Club and the Class Rules of each class racing.

3. The race organisers shall not be liable for any loss, damage, death or personal injury howsoever caused to the owner/competitor, his skipper or crew, as a result of their taking part in the race or races. The safety of a boat and her entire management including insurance shall be the sole responsibility of the owner/person in charge who must ensure that the boat and crew are adequate to face the conditions that may arise in the course of the race. The crews are nonetheless advised to satisfy themselves as to the experience of the skipper/helm and the adequacy of all safety equipment and insurance arrangements.

Neither this notice of race nor any inspections of the boat limit or reduce the absolute responsibility of the owner/person in charge for the crew, the boat and her management. Moreover every owner/competitor warrants the suitability of his yacht for the race or races.

4. Conditions of Entry:
a) Only boats owned or sailed by a GSC member is eligible to enter an event (except for Open Events or with the prior sanction of the Sailing Committee). An entry may not be transferred to another boat.

b) Dinghy Series Races are entered by the helm not the boat or owner

c) For entry to class events, a current valid measurement or racing certificate is required for each boat. For handicap races, any owner without a current class certificate shall ask well before the event for a suitable handicap number to be allocated, and supply any information necessary.

d). All boats shall hold adequate insurance and in particular to hold insurance against third party claims in the sum of at least £2,000,000.

5. a) Entries to races may be made on or before the day of the race up to 20 minutes before the start.

b) All entrants shall register on the day of the race by signing-in on the Entry Form not less than 20 minutes before each event.

6. A copy of the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions shall be displayed on the Race Notice Board and additional copies may be available from the Race Officer.

7. Handicaps in force shall be allocated by the GSC Sailing Committee and displayed on the race notice board. They shall be subject to amendment (which may be applied to the whole of a series) during the season.
8. Risk Statement

Rule 4 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone.”

Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:

a) They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event

b) They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;

c) They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;

d) Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;

e) The provision of a race management team, patrol boats, umpires and other officials and volunteers by the organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;

f) The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances;

g) It is their responsibility to familiarise themselves with any risks specific to this venue or this event drawn to their attention in any rules and information produced for the venue or event and to attend any safety briefing held at the venue;

h) [For offshore races] They are responsible for ensuring that their boat is equipped and seaworthy so as to be able to face extremes of weather; that there is a crew sufficient in number, experience and fitness to withstand such weather; and that the safety equipment is properly maintained, stowed and in date and is familiar to the crew; and

i) Their boat is adequately insured, with cover of at least £2,000,000 against third party claims.


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