SSC 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 inherently involves an element of risk.


By taking part in sailing from Seasalter Sailing Club, whether racing or not, each person sailing agrees and acknowledges that:

(i) 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 sailing;

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

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

(iv) Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail and they are fit to participate;

(v) The provision of a race management team, patrol boat(s) and other officials and volunteers by the Club does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;

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

(vii) 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 familiar to the crew;

(viii) They and their crew shall wear an adequate personal flotation device at all times whilst afloat and shall wear clothing adequate to protect them from the weather and sea conditions;

(viii) Their boat is adequately insured, with cover of at least £2,000,000 against third party claims;


12/03/2013 onwards




Seasalter Sailing Club,
Faversham Road, Seasalter, Kent, UK, CT5 4BW
Phone: 01227 261022
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