The Jacomo Sailing Club considers safety (especially on-the-water) to be of major importance. We strive to run the club in a safest manner possible and conduct races with safety in mind. This tab is intended to be a source of safety related information that you can use to build your safety awareness. These checklists are intended to be a reminder of safety related things you may have forgotten or gotten out of the habit of doing. Do a quick review before you start the season. New or novice sailors should find it helpful as well.
The Race Committee (RC) is equipped with throwable personal flotation devices (PFDs) and usually has an inflatable raft available to assist in rescue. There is also an attached ladder in the front of the RC boat to aid in boarding if you are in the water. A lightning detector, weather radio and marine/shore communications devices are usually on board as well. The small runabout can also be dispatched by the RC for sailor assistance and rescue. Be aware that the RCs primary responsibility is personal safety, not equipment.
The Reference tab has links to more detailed information. You can find information on general boating safety/rules as well as sailing information.
REMEMBER: It is a fundamental principle of maritime law that the skipper is responsible for the safety of his vessel and its crew.
JSC Skipper/Crew Safety Checksheet
RC Safety Checklist
Links to more Safety-related Information:
How to choose the right lifejacket
US Sailing Safety
Types of PFDs (life jackets):
USCG pfd selection
Nautical know how pfd basics
Missouri Boating Guidance:
Right of way: see pages 14-17