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Byelaws

Matters not covered by these Byelaws will be referred to the Committee, whose decision will be final.

General

1      The Duty Officer of the Day is appointed to take overall responsibility for all activities on the Club premises on days and at times when the Club is officially open and his instructions must be complied with at all times.  At all other times members using the premises are responsible for security and ensure must doors and gates are properly locked when leaving.

2      Dogs may be brought inside the club compound subject to

1. On a lead and under control at ALL times inside the gates.

2. Never inside the water gates or in the water.

3. Never inside the clubhouse.

4. Dog owners MUST clean up and remove any mess.

The Duty Officer may request an owner to remove any dog from the gated compound if the dog is making a nuisance.

3      There must be no shooting of or interference of any sort with the wildlife on the Club premises or on the Reservoir.

4      There must be no bathing in the Reservoir.

5      There must be no interference with Thames Water plant, valves, machinery, drains or apparatus and the Reservoir must not be polluted in any way.

6      Children must not cross the perimeter fence to the Reservoir unless wearing personal buoyancy, nor play on the launching facilities at any time.

7      No person under the age of 18 years shall operate the winch or be in control of a load ascending or descending.

8      Children under the age of 16 may only visit the Club when accompanied by a responsible adult who must remain on the Club premises the whole time and accept full responsibility for such child’s safety and behaviour.

9      There must be no smoking within the clubhouse.

Membership

10    Members are required to notify the Membership Secretary, within one month, of any change in their address, membership or boat details.

11    The parent or guardian of any member under the age of 18 years must countersign the application form and any subsequent renewal form and acknowledge that he or she is responsible at all times for the safety and behaviour of such member.

Sailing

12    It is the responsibility of each sailor or windsurfer to decide whether the weather conditions are suitable for sailing in the light of his or her competence and ability and the competence and ability of his or her crew (if any). The Club will not accept any liability for personal injury or damage to boats whether or not this should occur during organised racing or during cruising.

13    The wearing of either dry suits or wet suits is obligatory for dinghy sailors and rescue boat operatives during the winter season (1st November-31st March). Windsurfers must wear either a wet suit, a dry suit or a steamer at all times.

14    All persons engaged in sailing, windsurfing and rescue duties must wear personal buoyancy and boots or shoes with “non-slip” soles.

15    Any boat berthed or sailed at the Club must be insured against third party risks for such indemnity limit as the Committee may from time to time require.

16    A green flag will be flown from the bank at times when a safety craft service is being provided by an appointed Duty team. At other times sailing and windsurfing may only take place when there is available either a competently manned safety craft ready for immediate use or, if there are not more than 8 craft on the water, there are at least two boats sailing and manned by experienced helms over 18 years of age. It is the responsibility of the members wishing to sail to decide whether it is safe to do so.

17    At all times boats shall keep a minimum of 25 metres from outlet valves situated in the tower at the north east corner of the reservoir and at times when water is being pumped into the reservoir boats shall keep a minimum of 10 metres from the valve gear situated on the bank adjacent to the Clubhouse.

18    All racing shall comply with the Sailing Instructions, copies of which are available on request.

19    Cruising is not allowed during Open Meetings unless permission is given on the day by the Duty Officer.

20    Except for emergencies, only persons authorised by the Duty Officer and

a)              Aged 18 or over,

b)              Aged 16 or 17 holding a RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate or higher,

c)               Aged <16 holding a RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate or higher, with an accompanying adult, or

d)              Under formal instruction

        may be in command of a powerboat.

21    No boat shall be sailed unless it has sufficient buoyancy to pass a swamp test or the test required by its class regulations.

22    All cruising sailors and windsurfers must report to the Duty Officer before going out on the water and place their card in the special rack provided.

23    All boards must have a safety line connecting the rig and the board at all times when afloat. If sail and mast get detached from the board then assistance must be sought.

Berthing

24    Boats can only be berthed at the Club upon payment of the requisite fee and must be berthed in accordance with instructions given by the Class Captains and must display in a prominent position a sticker confirming that the current years berthing fee has been paid.

25    No boats shall be parked in such a manner as to cause an obstruction to persons or vehicles passing around the Reservoir and no part of the boat or its equipment shall be placed so that it touches, rests upon or protrudes through or over the boundary fences.

26    No boats, masts or other equipment shall be placed under the Clubhouse without the express consent of the Rear Commodore Works.

27    Boat trailers shall only be stored in the area designated for that purpose at the western end of the Car Park.

NOTE.  The club accepts no responsibility for damage caused by whatever means to boats or other equipment berthed or left at the Club. In the Lease to the Club, the Landlords, Thames Water Utilities Limited have also specifically disclaimed responsibility for any damage caused by their employees or contractors.

Last revised on 01/11/15