Check weather forecast and wind direction before heading out. I would advise against sailing in a strong southerly, as it will be directly off shore, and also a crap direction for the east lake, usually being very gusty.
It is advisable , and more sociable, to sail with someone else. Use the mail group to inform people you are heading down the lake.
Unlock the access gate on the lane and lock it behind you – this gate should remain locked at all times. (Unless the lock is missing!).
Park on the hard standing, behind the containers or upwind of where people are rigging.
Unlock the changing rooms.
Carry a board down to the water’s edge. Check the board has dagger board, secure fin (i.e. it does not wobble) and deck plate/UJ is secure. People fiddle with them.
Unlock the sail store
Pick a sail suitable for the wind & your ability.
Tighten up the sail (outhaul & downhaul) using the rigging tools provided in the sail store. NEVER LEAVE YOUR SAIL UNATTENDED.
Return the rigging tool to the hook where you found it.
Carry it down to the board (remember to keep the mast edge (luff) into the wind)
Attach the sail to the board
Put on wet suit & buoyancy aid
Lock the changing rooms & sail-store if no-one else around.(Either lock your valuables in the car, or changing room)
BUT… *Never* take your keys onto the lake unless you have a secure place to put them – I have a combination safe that attaches to my car that I keep the keys in. Some people have waterproof stash cases that they can put around their necks and under their wetsuit.
When you have done – more or less do what you just did in reverse. Detach sail. Loosen outhaul & downhaul – return to sail store. Return board to board store in the same position you found it.
If any kit gets damaged , or you find kit damaged, then drop an e-mail to one of the committee, or to the e-mail group.