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                   Issue 2.0
                                                                   Contents

1.      INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................................ 1
     1.1.       OBJECTIVES OF THE LOGICA SAILING CLUB................................................................................... 1
     1.2.       HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION OF THE CLUB ..................................................................................... 1
2.      EVENTS AND SAFETY ..................................................................................................................... 2
     2.1.       SAFETY AND 'GETTING INVOLVED' ................................................................................................. 2
     2.2.       ADVERTISING ................................................................................................................................ 2
     2.3.       TRIP TYPE ..................................................................................................................................... 2
     2.4.       BOATS ........................................................................................................................................... 2
     2.5.       BOOKING OFFICER AND EVENT REPRESENTATIVES ....................................................................... 3
     2.6.       BOOKING YOUR PLACE .................................................................................................................. 3
     2.7.       CHEQUES....................................................................................................................................... 3
     2.8.       GUESTS ......................................................................................................................................... 4
     2.9.       MEMBERSHIP ................................................................................................................................ 4
     2.10.      VOLUNTEERS ................................................................................................................................ 4
     2.11.      SAILING SCHEDULE ....................................................................................................................... 4
3.      THE TRAINING SCHEME................................................................................................................ 5
     3.1.       THE GRADES IN THE SAILING CLUB ............................................................................................... 5
4.      EQUIPMENT ....................................................................................................................................... 7
     4.1.       SLEEPING AND TOILET ................................................................................................................... 7
     4.2.       CLOTHING ..................................................................................................................................... 7
     4.3.       GENERAL ...................................................................................................................................... 7
     4.4.       SKIPPERS ....................................................................................................................................... 7
     4.5.       CLUB EQUIPMENT AND HIRING KIT ............................................................................................... 8
5.      LIBRARY AND MAGAZINES .......................................................................................................... 9
     5.1.       BOOKS........................................................................................................................................... 9
     5.2.       REFERENCE ................................................................................................................................... 9
     5.3.       VIDEOS .......................................................................................................................................... 9
6.      QUESTIONNAIRE ............................................................................................................................ 10
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1. Introduction
   The sailing club is a BRILLIANT OPPORTUNITY to obtain the training and experience you need to
   learn how to crew and skipper yachts at sea. As well as providing subsidised trips, we take care
   of booking the boats and filling them up with witty and amusing ship mates for you!

   These pages provide most of the information you will need if you are thinking of sailing with
   us. If you want to be kept informed about the Sailing Club and forthcoming events, please
   complete the questionnaire at the end of this pack. If you need any more information, look at
   the Logica Sailing Club Web pages on the Logica Sports and Social Web site or contact the
   Publicity Officer.

   1.1.      Objectives of the Logica Sailing Club
    1. To provide safe enjoyable sailing as a staff benefit available to all Logica UK employees.

    2. To organise sail training at all levels to develop the skills of our members and maintain
       the viability of the club.

    3. To provide a wide variety of sailing events to broaden the experience of our members and
       enable the club to grow.

    4. To provide challenging sailing that develops the character of our members and provides
       the necessary experience for safety in all conditions.

    5. To publicise our events within Logica to attract new members and promote Logica, the
       Logica Sports and Social Club and the Logica Sailing Club.

   1.2.      History and Description of the Club
   The club was originally established in 1981 and currently has about 40 active members, as
   well as many more who sail on an occasional basis – you don’t have to be an active member to
   come to an event.

   A number of different events are organised each season and these include Jolly weekends for
   first timers, training weekends, cruising holidays and social events. Events are advertised on
   notice boards and on the Web pages. The majority of events take place during a weekend. On a
   typical weekend the crew meet up on Friday night. Two nights are spent on board the yacht,
   we sail all day Saturday and on Sunday, returning home by early Sunday evening. Breakfasts
   and lunches are provided and are eaten on board. We generally go to pubs for evening meals.

   We also have adventure breaks, channel crossing to France (weather permitting) and longer
   trips in the West Country and Scotland. The club charters a variety of yachts from a number of
   charter companies around the UK.
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2.          Events and Safety
     The events include one, two, three and four day weekends catering for all levels of experience.
     One to three boats will go out on the water for each event.

     2.1.     Safety and 'getting involved'
     Sailing is fun but it is important to be alert to danger. You don't need any experience to join us
     but we do ask you to muck in and respect the authority of the skipper. To ensure safety the
     Booking Officer will ensure that a competent crew is provided for each yacht on each trip.

     The sailing club totally depends on our experienced members to ensure that trips run safely
     and enjoyably. So, all you experienced crew, please come along and help us make the trips as
     exciting and adventurous as possible!

     2.2.     Advertising
     Events are regularly publicised on the notice boards and on the Logica Sailing Club Web
     pages.

     2.3.     Trip Type
     The table below gives a brief description of each type of trip:
               Trip type                                                  Description
      Jolly                          Pleasant two days sailing in the Solent, ideal for novices. Lots of fun and visits
                                     to pubs.
      Coastal                        A fun sail, typically off Dorset, visiting pubs you would never know about!
      Adventure                      Cross Channel, involving night sailing, or in non-familiar waters (weather
                                     permitting). Have a French beer and baguette.
      Cornish                        A coastal sail, typically off the Cornish coast. Try out the local beer and oggies.
      Leading Hand Training          Two intensive training weekends for novices. First step to being RYA qualified.
      Watch Leader Training          Advanced training over two weekend. You can skipper a boat in daylight.
      Skipper Training               Training for aspiring skippers over two or three weekends. A Coastal Skipper or
                                     Yachtmaster RYA certificate means you can charter and skipper a boat.
     Note: Weather and other safety conditions may mean that event objectives and sailing plans have to be curtailed.


     2.4.     Boats
     The club charters a range of yachts of varying size from 32’ onwards. The majority of our
     charters are bare boat, for these we provide all the crew and the skipper, except for training
     boats - which have a professional skipper on board.




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   2.5.      Booking Officer and Event Representatives
   The Booking Officer oversees the running of events, delegating the organisation of a trip to an
   Event Representative and making sure that there are always enough safety crew on board.

   Event Representatives take responsibility for an individual trip. They take bookings, collect
   cheques and ensure the boat is full. Their role includes helping to organise transport and kit, to
   look after newcomers and to ensure that everybody who is coming on the trip is aware of dates,
   times and meeting places.

   The posters on the notice boards throughout Logica buildings or the Web pages will tell you
   who to contact for a particular event. Otherwise contact the Booking Officer.

   The cost varies depending on the event type and boats involved but will be supplied on the
   poster advertising the even. The cost covers sailing, overnight accommodation on board,
   training (where applicable), and breakfast and lunch on board.

   2.6.      Booking your place
   Bookings should always be made by contacting the Event Representative and sending a
   cheque to the Event Representative at least four weeks in advance of the trip. At least
   two experienced crew are assigned to all trips, for safety reasons. The remaining places are
   allocated to newcomers and to crew. While every attempt will be made to satisfy requests to be
   allocated to the same yacht as your friends, sometimes this will not be possible.

   If a trip becomes oversubscribed then a ballot will be held four weeks before the trip. Before
   booking you should make sure that you have (or are able to borrow) suitable clothes.

   The club reserves the right to cancel trips, change itineraries and ask crew to stand down if a
   yacht is not available or for reasons of safety; namely adverse weather or lack of experienced
   crew.

   2.7.      Cheques
   Cheques MUST be sent to the Event Representative at least four weeks in advance of an event
   to secure your place(s). Make your cheque payable to Logica Sports and Social Club. Please
   write the event dates, the names of the people that you are paying for, staff numbers and a
   return address, on the back of the cheque.

   Your cheque will not be cashed until after the event takes place. However, you will not get
   your money back if you fail to turn up on the day, so it is vital to check your diary before
   booking!




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   If after booking, you find that you cannot take part and the trip is less than four weeks away,
   then the only way to avoid paying is to find a replacement of the same level of experience or
   higher (the Booking Officer may have a list of reserves). If you give more than six weeks
   notification of cancellation then your cheque will be returned uncashed.

   If you cannot sail at short notice due to work commitments then you are responsible for
   obtaining a refund from your project!! Cheques are non-returnable.

   2.8.      Guests
   Priority will be given to Logica staff but guests are also welcome. Guests are subsidised by the
   club at the same rate as Logica staff.

   2.9.      Membership
   There is no membership as such, as all events are open to all Logica staff subject to availability
   and overall experience constraints (we have to ensure that each boat has enough experienced
   people on board). However, the Booking Officer maintains a list of those who have expressed
   an interest in sailing (see questionnaire), this is to facilitate mailshots and the co-ordination of
   events.

   The list contains personal information such as addresses and home telephone numbers and is
   only distributed to skippers on a need-to-know basis. In addition, the dietary and health
   information from the questionnaire is maintained confidentially and only used where Event
   Representatives need the information in connection with an event. You are asked to inform
   the Booking Officer of any changes in your details.

   2.10.           Volunteers
   The success of our club depends entirely on the volunteers who help run it. They are the
   Committee and Event Representatives. There is a lot of work involved in bringing safe and
   enjoyable sailing to every member.

   Are you interested in running an event? You will need to be committed and organised. The
   work is always appreciated by everyone concerned and Event Representatives have even been
   known to receive three cheers and a clap for their efforts!

   2.11. Sailing Schedule
   A sailing schedule is planned and booked by the club’s Committee members. All events will
   be advertised on the Web pages and notice boards.

   The schedule is likely to change depending on demand so please contact the Booking Officer
   for more information. See the Logica Sailing club web site for the latest calendar.

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3. The Training Scheme
   The club relies on its members to provide the knowledge and experience required to crew its
   events safely. To achieve this, and to enable the club to grow, we follow an active training
   schedule and a number of trips are organised each year specifically for training. The scheme
   has a number of grades and is designed to meet the club's own needs. The Royal Yachting
   Association (RYA) courses map onto our training scheme. Successful completion of RYA
   courses will result in the award of the relevant RYA certificate.

   We need a regular supply of new members to make sure there are experienced crews in the
   future. So, do sign up for the training and invite your friends too.

   If you are interested in the training scheme run by the club, please get in contact with the
   Booking Officer or Publicity Officer.

   3.1.      The Grades in the Sailing Club
   1 Leading Hand - A Leading Hand is a novice who is following the first of our training
   courses. No previous experience is necessary. On successfully completing the course a
   RYA Competent Crew certificate will be awarded. The Leading Hand training course takes
   two weekends to complete. The dates for the Leading Hand Training trips will be advertised.
   In addition to the training weekends the trainees are encouraged to attend a number of Jollies
   to gain experience and to put into practice what they have learnt. To record progress,
   candidates are encouraged to buy a logbook (about £4).

   2 Watch Leader - A Watch Leader is someone who has completed the Leading Hand training
   and is sufficiently competent to take charge of the boat under normal conditions when the
   skipper is off watch. The Watch Leader therefore has a good working knowledge of collision
   regulations, navigation and general seamanship. The Watch Leader training scheme imparts
   this knowledge through training weekends and longer trips, night sailing and experience on a
   variety of yachts. Watch Leaders are also trained to lead to a level so that if the Skipper is
   incapacitated the Watch Leader can take charge in order to get the boat and crew safely into
   port. The Watch Leader grade is equivalent to the RYA Day Skipper.

   3 Offshore Watch Leader - An Offshore Watch Leader is a qualified Watch Leader with
   sufficient experience and expertise to take charge of the yacht on longer passages and in all
   conditions, for example taking the yacht through busy shipping lanes at night. This stage of the
   training scheme is aimed at giving the participant the experience needed to become a Skipper.
   In order to qualify as an Offshore Watch Leader the participant must successfully complete the
   RYA Day Skipper practical course and satisfy a Logica skipper that they are competent to the
   standard required.



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   4 Skipper - A Skipper is able to command the yacht under all conditions and to plan and
   execute passages in safety. The scheme provides participants with the opportunity to gain
   experience of commanding and manoeuvring a variety of vessels. In order to qualify formally
   as a Skipper the participant must pass the RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster examinations -
   both theory and practical.

   The achievement and promotion to Offshore Watch Leader and Skipper grades is ultimately a
   matter for the Commodore and the individual concerned. Similarly, new but experienced
   people will be graded via discussion between the individual, the Committee and the
   Commodore.




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4.       Equipment
     A list of items needed for sailing in the Solent, English Channel, Scotland or the Channel
     Islands is given below with optional items in italics.

     4.1. Sleeping and Toilet
      sleeping bag                                  Other toiletries
      Towel                                         medical needs
      Toothbrush and toothpaste                     Suncream


     4.2. Clothing
      jacket and trouser waterproofs                Sailing boots or white soled wellies
      white soled plimsolls or deck shoes           Shore shoes
      bathing costume                               Socks
      Underwear                                     Trousers
      Shorts                                        Shirts
      T-shirts                                      Jerseys/sweatshirts
      sun glasses                                   Sun hat
      Coat                                          woolly hat
      Scarf


     4.3. General
      soft holdall (no suitcases!)                  small bag for going ashore
      camera and films                              Watch
      money, eurocheques, credit cards              pencil/pen
      Sweets                                        String
      RYA log book                                  passport (foreign travel only)
      Harness and strap                             Whistle
      Scissors/sewing kit                           plastic bags (useful)
      soap powder (for long trips)                  wet wipes
      driving license                               paperback (longer cruises)

     4.4. Skippers
      Safety equipment                              Charts
      Weather charts                                Ship's log
      Other paperwork                               Torch
      Binoculars                                    Penknife or shackle key
      Hand bearing compass                          Radio/cassette


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   There should be no problem with the basic items listed for beginners, except perhaps the
   waterproofs or boots. You definitely need a full set of waterproofs (top and trousers), not so
   much to keep you dry as to protect you from the cooling effect of the wind. A thin cagoul and
   over trousers are fine to begin with but they are susceptible to abrasion and tearing on a yacht
   and most people invest in tough sailing oilies if they anticipate regular sailing. In any event,
   you must buy or borrow some kind of waterproofs. These can be hired from the boat yard –
   make sure you tell your event rep what you need and they will arrange to book it with the
   boatyard.

   Sailing shoes or plimsolls are fine in warm weather but they become wet and cold early or late
   in the season. Sailing boots avoid these problems and are advisable throughout the season.
   They look like gardening wellies but have a softer sole which gives a good grip on a slippery
   deck.

   Note: no external buckles, zips or rings should be worn. These things can scratch woodwork
   and fibre-glass badly. Plimsoles and wellington boots must be white soled. You wouldn’t want
   to be responsible for scratching or making black marks on yachts worth around £70 000!!

   4.5.      Club Equipment and Hiring Kit
   The club has a selection of sailing boots for hire at reasonable rates. Sizes 4 to 10 are available
   on a first come first served basis. Proceeds go towards the Royal National Lifeboat Institution
   (RNLI). Please contact the Librarian for access to the kit.

   There may also be waterproofs available to borrow.

   Please donate any of your old sailing gear to this scheme, if it is still in working order.

   Waterproofs, wellies and sleeping bags can usually be hired from the charter firm.




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5. Library and Magazines
   The following books and VHS videos are available for loan and are stored in the LSSC
   administration office. Please contact the Librarian for access.

   5.1.      Books
          Introduction and Basic Seamanship:
          This is Cruising
          Cruiser Handling
          This is Boat Handling at Close Quarters
          RYA Day Skipper Course Book

          Advanced Seamanship:
          Passing the Yachtmaster Exam
          Guide to Rules of the Road
          Manual on Sail Trimming, Rig Tuning and Crew Work
          In addition we have a complete set of Yachtmaster correspondence exercise and reference
          texts available (one section at a time).

          Navigation
          Practical Yacht Navigator
          Yachtmaster Navigation Exercises

   5.2.     Reference
          Admiralty chart 5011 (chart symbols)
          Reed's Almanac (back copies)

   5.3.     Videos
          Logica Sailing Club in Scotland, August 1995 (2 copies)
          The Whitbread Race 1985/6
          RYA Life on the Line (safety and rescue)
          Shape of Speed (sail trimming)




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6. Questionnaire
   If you would like to be kept informed about the Sailing Club and forthcoming events then
   please complete the questionnaire on the following page and return it to the Booking Officer.

   Please note that the information, such as addresses, telephone numbers, dietary and health
   requirements, is maintained confidentially and only distributed to skippers and Event
   Representatives on a need-to-know basis. You are asked to inform the Booking Officer of
   any changes in your details.




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                        LOGICA SAILING CLUB QUESTIONNAIRE
                                      Please return to the Booking Officer

Name :

Work location :

Work telephone number :

Address :



Home telephone number :

Special dietary requirements :



Health information (such as medical conditions):




Estimated sailing grade* : Novice
                           Leading Hand
                           Watch Leader
                           Offshore Watch Leader
                           Skipper

RYA qualifications to date:




Other information :



Signature :

* Delete as applicable. See section in handbook for a description of sailing grades



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