Beginners Guide – How to use the Club
- 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.
- Go sail.
- 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.