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Rules that apply to all users

Access: The main gate is kept locked, except during club events, please ensure if you may be last out you lock them, always bring a set of keys with you to the club. We suggest if you wish to lock a gate whilst down at the club lock the nearest gate to the barrier in case of an accident.You must lock up after you finish, both the clubhouse and gates, especially if you think you are the last person (check the clubhouse if you are last out). Everyone should have keys and if you are one of the last either lock up or check someone there has keys and will lock up. If in doubt lock up.

Speed limits: There are speed limits on the access road. In the interests of safety and keeping road maintenance costs down, please obey these limits. This is especially important in the vicinity of parked cars near the clubhouse and slipways where there are likely to be young children.

Catering: The galley and bar are open for the purchase of food and drinks during club racing and social events. At other times, members may make themselves hot drinks and an honesty tray is provided for payment, you must wash up anything you use properly (it may be you using it next time!), and put it away.

Smoking: There is no smoking in the clubhouse.

Dogs: It is a condition of our lease that dogs are kept under control at all times. All dogs are to be kept on a lead in the vicinity of the clubhouse or play area. Any fouling is to be cleared up by the person responsible for the dog. Dogs are not permitted in the clubhouse, except working dogs for disabled persons.

Berthing or bot park: Dinghies, windsurfer boards and windsurfer trailers only may be stored in designated club berths upon payment of a berth fee.

To enable the boat park to function correctly the following guidelines should be adhered to; your cooperation is appreciated:-

  • 1.New or existing members requiring a boat berth should contact the boat park manager by email:-
  • 3. A current year sticker showing your membership number will be issued upon payment of the boat berth fee. This will be fixed by the Boat Park team on the plaque to the left of your berth.
  • 4.Members who have not renewed their membership by 1st March will have their dinghies moved to a holding area with a monthly fee applied as per NCSC Constitution.
  • 5.No craft other than dinghies and boards may be stored at the club and only one dinghy is permitted per berth.
  • 6.All designated berths (except some Toppers/Oppies) have sunken anchor points; members are required to ensure their craft are suitably tied down.
  • 7.All Dinghies and Boards on NCSC property must carry a minimum of £2m 3rd party insurance.
  • 8.Members are responsible for ensuring their berths are kept tidy and foliage cut. Please do not rest or tie your dinghies onto the berth dividers.
  • 9.Should you sell/buy a dinghy to/from an existing member and keep the berth please contact the Boat Park Manager in order to keep the data base current.
  • 10.There is a designated area for windsurfer trailers and a limited number of windsurfer board berths within a container.
  • 11.Dinghy trailers must not be left in car parking areas. Trailers may be stored either in your boat berth or in the area within the trees adjacent to the main carpark . Please mark your trailer with your name and/or membership number.
  • 12.Vehicles are not permitted to enter the dinghy park under any circumstances.

There is a very limited number of windsurfing berths in a container for regular users of the water. Please contact David Eberlin there is normally a waiting list.

Liability for loss or damage. Liability: Members of the Club, their guests or visitors may use the Club premises and any other facilities of the Club entirely at their own risk and, by implication acknowledge that the Club will not accept any liability for any damage to or loss of property belonging to Members, their guests or visitors to the Club.

Insurance: ALL persons and craft whether cruising or racing, stored or sailed at the club must carry current third party insurance with a minimum cover of £2,000,000. Failure to comply with this requirement will be considered a gross misconduct, which may result in the member responsible for the craft being expelled from the club, and further action as appropriate.

If you bring visitors to the club you are responsible for them, and must remain on site whilst they are here. If you are letting them helm your craft please ensure they are insured to do this and are competent.

Accidents / Incidents: All accidents and incidents must be recorded on the incident form which is kept by the key cupboard. This includes breakages etc to allow an insurance claim to be made if appropriate. First aid is also available in the training hut & near the key cupboard a defibrillator is available at the club, and a spine board is in the Disabled WC. There are often First Aiders and doctors who are members at the club during activities. Please also record any near misses which can help all of us avoid a more serious incident.

Child Protection: The child protection policy is available from the Secretary, on the website and a copy is in the clubhouse.

Photographs: We often take photographs for use on the web and publicity and the like, these may also be published. If anyone has any objection to photos of themselves or their sons/daughters being used please will you let us know, and we will endeavour to exclude the people concerned. Rights to use names and likenesses members and club users automatically grant to the club authority without payment the right in perpetuity to make, use and show any motion pictures, still pictures and live, taped or filmed television of or relating to events at the club.

It is a condition of membership that up to date e mail, telephone number and postal address is provided to the membership secretary. If you are not recieving the email newsletter every month your email may be incorrect in the database. You can update your details on Sailing Club Manager the link takes you to a help page. Any issues please contact the Vice Commodore.

Rules applying to all water users

Sailing season

The sailing season is defined by the lease sailing must not occur outside these times as doing so may result in our lease being revoked. The current sailing season is (dawn to dusk):

  • Any day from 2nd February to 30th September
  • All October: Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays & Nottinghamshire half term
  • 1st November through to 2nd February: Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the year. (plus 1st Jan)


The intended and main overarching use of the waters is for sailing craft and the necessary powered craft, for example RIBs, to provide support for training, safety cover or race management purposes.

Permitted sailing craft

Use of the water is restricted to monohull sailing dinghies under 22ft in overall length (including any bowsprit or similar contrivance when fully extended) and/ or with a PYN not lower than a 505 which is currently 912, and windsurfers.

Any person wishing to sail a boat with a lower PYN must have prior permission from the Sailing Committee.

Catamarans, Trimarans and other multihull boats are not permitted under the terms of the lease at any time.

Other craft (canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards (SUPs), cruisers, rafts, rowing boats or motor boats) are not generally permitted use of the water. The use of other craft (list as previous) may, on occasion, be permitted. This will generally be as part of an organised activity, and in all instances approved by the Sailing Committee. The following aspects will be reviewed by the Sailing Committee when considering any applications for use of the water:

  • Other members' use of the water should be respected and that sailing / windsurfing is a priority
  • Such craft should keep clear of areas where sailing and windsurfing is occurring.
  • All craft must carry suitable 3rd party insurance (to a minimum value £2m)
  • A formal request (email or letter) is made to the Sailing Committee for use of the water NOTE, if the request is from an active club member, such member should first check the requested date on Sailing Club Manager for viability. No request will be considered unless the member can confirm that a prior check has been made.
    No organised club meeting, racing or regular activities are carried out without the express written permission of the NCSC Exec
  • RIB safety cover must be arranged in advance with suitably trained personnel and then only with the permission of the Sailing Committee
  • All safety boats are responsible for providing emergency cover to any sailor in difficulties on the lake without exception.
  • The Club, through quorate NCSC Exec agreement, retains the right to forbid use of other craft on either lake at any time for a limited or extended period with no need to provide any reasons or justification
  • Other craft are not to be stored on the club's premises unattended at any time unless with the express written agreement of the Exec, and with suitable security provisions will have to be in place at the cost of the owner

The form to fill in is on the weSup page

Sailing during Racing

During club racing cruising craft must keep clear of racing craft and the start and finish area (adjacent to the committee boat). Cruising sailors who do not keep clear will be asked to leave the water.

During Open Meetings no cruising is normally allowed, except with the express permission of the Race Officer.


All sailors take to the water entirely at their own risk and the club cannot be held responsible for any loss and damage to persons or property however caused. Every owner / user warrants the suitability of their sailing craft for use on the water. The safety of the craft and her entire management, including insurance, shall be the sole responsibility of the owner / user who must ensure that the craft and crew are adequate to face the conditions that may arise. Junior members must be supervised when cruising and parents, or their representatives, are responsible for ensuring that appropriate safety cover is available.

The club controls all sailing and all members must adhere to the instructions given by the Race Officer. The Race Officer may be overruled, and must abide by, the joint instruction of a Flag Officer, the President or the Sailing Secretary, together with one member of the Sailing Committee or by three members of the Sailing Committee.

Safety Craft

Adult members of the club who have undertaken the Club Safety Course (even if holding an RYA level 2 certificate or above) and are deemed competent by the Bosun and Sailing Committee may use a safety boat to provide safety cover outside of club events. All boats must be checked prior to use according to the Club Safety Boat course, refuelled and properly locked away after use. All adult members are encouraged to be familiar with the use of the safety boats in case of an emergency whether as crew or driver. Those under 14 years are not allowed in the safety boats, except when being rescued or as part of a training activity. Those under 18 years may not drive a safety boat unless they hold a Level 2 RYA Powerboat certificate or when they are being trained as part of an organised club training event, when an RYA Powerboat instructor is on board. A boat being used for safety should have an adult (over 18) on board. All safety boat users are advised to read RYA G16 (reference copies in clubhouse).The priorities for a safety boat and it's crew are never in doubt and are in the following order.

  1. Safety of yourself and your crew
  2. Safety of crews being rescued
  3. Safety of other crews
  4. Prevention of further damage to disabled boats and windsurfers
  5. Recovery of disabled or capsized craft
  6. Assist the OOD to set the course and other uses such as coaching, training etc

Please refer to which is updated regularly by the bosun, contains copies of duty notes and advice, including safety video links. Use barrier code to log on.

Personal buoyancy

No person is allowed on the water without adequate personal buoyancy. This shall be at least a waistcoat type buoyancy aid, appropriate to body weight and in good condition, except in the case of adult windsurfers (over 18 years old) wearing a torso or full body wet suit, who may choose not to wear a buoyancy aid at their own risk. SUP users must wear a waist or ankle leash at all times when on their board along with an approved buoyancy aid or EN ISO certified waistbelt Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Anyone not complying with this policy will be required to leave the water. Parents are strongly advised to ensure that young children must wear adequate personal buoyancy when playing near the water and must be adequately supervised at all times. The buoyancy aid should be properly adjusted and fit well, so it cannot slip off (over the head). Note that the slipways and pontoons may not be used by children except for safety / training reasons.


It is strongly recommended that adequate warm and windproof clothing is worn at all times on the water, especially in the cold months when wet suits or dry suits should be worn.

Distress call

When in need of assistance on the water, wave both arms high in the air, reaching across the head but not crossing. A bright flag can also be useful.


Swimming is only permitted as part of an organised activity approved by Sailing/ Executive Committee. This is undertaken by our associate group Nottingham Open Water Swimming (NOWS) - Love Open Water at specific times (see Open water swimming details)


Fishing is not permitted at any time

Cruising time

Last updated 14:32 on 2 August 2021

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