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					          SOUTH BANK SAILING CLUB                                      Tel 0208 8788 9786

                 SPECIAL NOTICE for TIDEWAY RACES

Competitors are warned to keep clear of mooring buoys, moored vessels and of piers of
bridges, around which there are strong tidal rips. It is particularly dangerous to go up tide
of these. Navigation under bridges is difficult and can be dangerous, and competitors are
urged to keep in mind that they must not put a vessel in peril by exercising their rights
against another competitor in such conditions and must take great care at all times. The
Race Committee will rigorously enforce IYRU Rule 32 on avoiding collisions.

Competitors should keep clear of commercial vessels navigating the river. In the fairway,
competitors must not hamper the passage of vessels which can only navigate inside
such a fairway. In particular, competitors must look out for and keep clear of pleasure
boats arriving at the Tate Britain Pier and the DUKW vehicle which enters the water at
the MI5 building in Lambeth.

Large craft (pleasure boats etc) moving down tide will be travelling fast to maintain
steerage way and control, hence these craft will overtake the dinghies. In these
circumstances competitors should keep clear and/or abort their entry under bridges and
into other restricted navigation areas. Large craft coming up tide on the fairway
approaching bridges should be identified as soon possible and a decision taken as to
which bridge arch is open (normally starboard hand).

Once a large craft has entered the bridge approach it is totally restricted to a straight
course with adequate steerage speed. Approaching sailing dinghies will be swept into
the reducing sea room by the tide with little room for manoeuvre. Safety boats will give
particular attention to these hazards, but the essential action must be taken in good time
by the sailing dinghy (eg paddling to keep clear – see below),

The race planning committee have identified a significant risk that boats arriving at a
turning mark before slack tide may be swept past the mark by the current. All
competitors are required to carry 20 metres of sound line made fast to the stem head, a
kedge anchor, and a paddle. If competitors identify any risk of drifting past the sweeper
boat, they MUST immediately start paddling, anchor, or go ashore and hold the boat.
They may restart the race when they perceive that it is safe to do so.

Boats may paddle to clear an obstruction or hazard at any time during the race.
They may also paddle, but only against the tide, before their starting signal but please
note Rule 42 (Unfair methods of Propulsion) will be strictly observed.

If competitors retire they must keep well clear of boats racing and hail a safety boat to
indicate that they have retired. With the falling tide, crews of disabled boats on the first
leg should anchor or go ashore and await collection by a safety boat on the return leg.




 Don Henderson                          Enterprise Captain                          May 2009

				
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