Rescue Boat Guidelines
These are the guide lines for the crew managing the rescue boat which will be on water BEFORE any racing begins. Further advice and information can be obtained from the Race Officer or the Rescue Sub-Committee.
* Report to the Race Officer one hour before scheduled start.
* Prepare both rescue boats. Collect keys and safety equipment from the cupboard in the clubhouse foyer. Familiarise yourself with the equipment that you have available, and carry in the containers provided.
* Check fuel in each boat and run both engines for two minutes, ensuring cooling water is running through to the telltales. Check boat equipment: paddle, boat hook and anchor.
* The Race Officer will decide which boat is to be used, and whether any buoys are to be laid.
* Prepare buoys, anchors, weights, etc.
* Radio check with race hut.
* Launch boat at time requested by Race Officer (approximately 20 minutes prior to start). Mariner 1 requires eight people for launch. The smaller Avon boat (Mariner 2) requires six people for launch.
* Lay bouys as requested.
* Stay with race at all times. Count boats regularly and attend boats in difficulties - intervene if requested or if you think it is necessary.
* Keep in contact with Race Officer to check on number of boats on the water.
* Watch for commercial shipping and escort if necessary.
* Boat back into Boat house.
* Check radio is off.
* Start engine and flush with fresh water for FIVE (5) minutes.
* Sort out buoys, anchors and ropes.
* Fill fuel and check oil.
* Return safety equipment and keys from both boats to the cupboard in the clubhouse foyer.
* Report boat faults in the logbook provided.
* Check you are on channel 37A - use MR button.
* Check volume and squelch settings.
* Ensure you are not transmitting by learning or sitting on the transmit button (particularly on handhelds).
* If unable to set to CH37A switch off radio (it will reset) and try again - if all else fails, follow instructions on radio.
* Use chanel 12 to contact Avon Mouth Coast Guard if you have an emergency and cannot contact the Officer of the day at the Sailing Club.
Checks - Engine
* Ensure kill switch is in up position.
* Starter motor will only operate in neutral.
* Check cables and fuel lines are connected.
* Check vent is open and unobstructed.
* Check fuel level.
* Ensure engine is completely lowered and fixed.
* The engine alarm will sound on overheading or pressure failure. Raising the engine slightly may assist cooling, but if this has no affect stop the engine if safe to do so or as soon as possible. Inform Officer of the Day and get towed back.
(Updated on 03/09/2007)