Request for skipper rights
As a skipper you assume responsibility over the safety of your crew and the boat. Always assess your and your crew’s skills in relation to the prevailing weather conditions (wind strength) before sailing. It is your responsibility to make an informed final decision about whether or not to sail.
Being a good skipper isn’t about being a superhero sailor, it is about making good decisions. Especially for beginner sailors it should be common practise not to head out if the conditions are too rough.We do encourage members to skipper boats and train on their own, but if you are feeling unsure then it is better to stick to the lighter days first.
Skippers must be familiar and follow all the boat care instructions and the after sailing report. Always have a plan for how to leave and enter the mooring or boatslip and communicate it with your crew.
All skippers are expected to know their boats and to be able to do minor repairs. Skippers take responsibility for the boat (see what you agree to as part of the request process), in case of damage this means money. Any damage that is not normal wear and tear will be invoiced.
As a rule of thumb, you should be at the following levels for skipper rights:
- Laser 16: you have experience as a crew member in this boat, you know the basics of sailing and can maneuver the boat with some confidence, you are able to sail the boat safely in and out of the harbor without an instructor/motorboat, you can handle special situations such as a capsized boat.
- 606 and Elliott: you have experience as crew member in these boats, you have sufficient sailing experience to sail this boat with confidence in any situation, you know at least the basics of the rules of racing (“when boats meet”).
- SM40: you have experience as crew member in these boats, you are an experienced sailing racer and you have experience with handling 12 meter, 4 ton beauties like this – it’s not the same as handling a 6 meter, 600 kg boat.