MYC ROWING RISK ASSESSMENT DOCUMENTATION

Night rowing

The club will undertake the following points before night rowing starts:

1) To fit nav lights to 2 of the boats in conjunction with all round white light. This lets other boats know direction of travel from a distance.

2) To create an approved list of coxes.

3) To fit radar reflectors.

4) Only 2 boats to be made available. Reducing number of lights needed, and number of people on the water at any one time. This makes recovery easier in emergency.
Priority then given to those who don’t want to row in the dark at weekends.

5) To ensure boats have reflective strips.

6) To supply torches to be kept in locker to carry in boats.

Individuals will ensure before night rowing starts that:

1) They understand cox will be coxing, not able to coach at night.

2) They are aware they must to be 18+ and competent. (Juniors will have a session specifically at weekends, TBA.)

3) ALL who wish to row to register with Simon via email. Advice and support will be given to newer rowers if they are uncertain.

Before and during each row, individual rowers/coxes MUST ensure:

1) That risk assessments MUST be filled in. To allow for increased risk in the dark, add 1 to ‘crew’ before multiplying by ‘risk factor’. This means crews would not be going out unless conditions are relatively benign. If in doubt, don’t go out.

2) When 2 boats are out, they should stay together at all times. (one boat can launch, but extra caution is required.)

3) Late back procedures are followed. (See notes at bottom)

4) Hi viz jackets worn by all at all times.

5) No boats to go beyond powder house/Portmeirion (limits area in event of search.) Committee will let RNLI know this at start of season.

6) Life jackets to be worn at all times by all. Would recommend shawl jackets, but down to individual.

7) That as keeping close to shore, in event of capsize, get out of water ASAP (rather than stay with boat due to temp)

8) No rowing on low water spring tides, to avoid constant running aground and damaging boats.

9) Each individual to carry torch of some type. (Not mush use in water, but would be useful in evacuation to shore to get to safety)

Registering to night row means you accept and agree all of the above points.
Porthmadog (MYC) Longboat Rowing Race 2011 (8th May)

The race is approximately 4miles long down the Glaslyn Estuary from Porthmadog inner harbour, down the main channel following marker buoys to Borth Y Gest and then on to the turning point as instructed to return to the Oakley Wharf area of the harbour.
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Race Documentation
GENERAL LOCATION:
Porthmadog Harbour
NAME AND LOCATION OF LAUNCHING SITE/BOAT CLUB:
Porthmadog Yacht/Sailing Club, Public Slipway
LAUNCHING SITE/BOAT CLUB (LAT/LONG):
N 52°05’00” W 04°07’00”
NEAREST LAND TELEPHONE NUMBER:
Madog Yacht Club – Porthmadog: 01766 512976
NEAREST HELICOPTER LANDING SITE (LAT/LONG):
N 52°55’25” W 04°07’49”
NEAREST ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY HOSPITAL:
Ysbyty Gwynedd – Bangor: 01248 384 384
Ysbyty Alltwen – Tremadog: 01766 510 101

Race Information

1. The arrival of boats will be supervised by two stewards who will instruct competitors to their designated parking locations and boat/trailer parking. They will inform competitors of the facilities available and registration area. With the above stewards in place this activity is deemed to be low risk.
2. There will be a committee boat (Name TBC) moored near the turning mark on channel buoy No8. Communications will be via cellphone and VHF.
3. The race will have a lead boat (Quicksilver fisher “Sali Mali”). Communications will be via cellphone and VHF. All relevant race flags will be on board.
4. There will be two safety boats (RIBS), manned with competent boat handlers & Safety Officers. Communications will be via cellphone and VHF. The Criccieth RNLI lifeboat will also be monitoring the race, but will be on call to other emergencies.
5. The coxes briefing will highlight the roles and locations of the above, this will take place at approx 12:00pm.
6. A race marshal/warden will be ushering boats to the start line from Britannia Bridge area.
7. 1st Aiders will be available on safety boat and on shore. Beach masters will also be onshore with VHF communications.

The coxes briefing and safety cover will substantially reduce the risk associated with any water and navigation hazards.
All the relevant authorities will be warned of the race approximately two weeks prior to the event.
(Harbour master, Coastguard, RNLI, Police and Beach Patrol)

Since all of the hazards and risks involved are increased in adverse weather conditions the final decision to run the race or to cancel will be made at 7:00am on the morning of the race. This decision will be made by an experienced club member and his/her decision will be final.