THE Royal National Lifeboat Institution has given warning to amateur sailors to undertake proper training or risk the imposition of statutory controls at sea.
Basic rules for amateurs
Make sure there is fuel in the petrol tank
Check the weather forecast beforehand
Wear a safety harness when sailing at night or when the wind gets above force 4
Donít sail after dark or in fog
Donít drink at sea
Put the sails up while still in harbour
If there is a strong wind, put a reef in the sail before you put it up: itís easier than at sea
Make sure that at least one person on board can work the VHF radio
Never follow the yacht in front: the skipper may know even less than you
What a strange list [img]/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
Of course The Times may have mangled it, but leaving aside the contradiction between wearing a safety harness at night, which would be a fat lot of use without stropping on, and not sailing at all at night, haven't they left out some of the key points such as:
Undertaking training before skippering a vessel and
Always sailing within the ability of skipper, crew and vessel?
What other points would forumites have on their 'must do' safety list.