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Activity Title: Risk Statement for Dinghy Racing 2020-2021

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 the events, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:

  1. 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 the event;
  2. They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;
  3. They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;
  4. Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;
  5. The provision of a race management team, patrol boats and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;
  6. The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances;
  7. Their boat is adequately insured, with cover of at least £2million against third party claims;

The fact that WOSC inspects it’s club boats does not reduce the responsibility of each competitor set out in this Risk Statement.   

Activity Title:  Open Water Swim Training in large freshwater lake. April 2020 -2021

(This does not pertain to recreational swimming in the buoyed off area in the Main lake)

Location: West Oxfordshire Sailing Club         Grid reference 51.743196, -1.428553 

Persons at Risk: Persons involved with activity of open water swim training

Date of Assessment: 20/02/2016 - Assessors Name: J-P Williams NEBOSH

Review Date: April 2017 Dynamic Risk Assessment to be carried out by participants prior to each swim.


1. Rescue Craft to be positioned adjacent to Lake access point and equipped with equipment identified in Emergency action plan (with the exception of the mobile     phone which the swimmers will provide)

2. Emergency Action Plan/Rules to be established and displayed at Lake access point along with tally board.

3. Plan of Lake with Swim channel, buoys to be places with the Emergency Action Plan at lakeside.

4. Buoyed course to be laid.

5. Responsibility of weed cutting to be identified as resting with the swimming members.

6. Members, as part of joining or annual renewal process to read and acknowledge contents of this risk assessment.

  Actions complete and safe to swim at April 2016

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