Dinghy & Dayboat Risk Assessment



Control Measure

The environment:- Wind strength

Sea Condition

Air and Water temperature Tide

Capsize Crew in the water Drowning

Hypothermia. Windchill Head injury

Loss of way due to tide Separation from boat

Cold water shock

  1. A boat is entirely responsible for her own safety etc.
  2. It is for a boats skipper to decide if the boat and her crew are fit to sail in the conditions etc. The skipper must decide on his/her own competence and ability to sail in the conditions present and forecast.
  3. Each skipper is responsible to ensure that the boat is seaworthy so as to be able to face extremes of weather.
  4. Adequate personal buoyancy must be worn by all members while afloat at  all times.
  5. Winter wet suits or dry suits to be worn by dinghy sailors between the months of November and April. At other times of the year dinghy sailors are advised to wear light weight wet suits. Dayboat sailors should wear adequate windproof and waterproof clothing
  6. Carry paddles to overcome tidal flow in an emergency.
  7. Helmets are advised
Other craft/rocks and obstruction



Collision with obstruction or other craft. Crew in water personal injury See instructions 1-7  inclusive above

The structure and equipment of the vessel

  1. Boats are to have adequate buoyancy maintained in a proper manner.
  2. Provide mast head buoyancy if considered necessary to prevent inversion.
  3. Provide centre board control to retain centre board in down position.
  4. Ensure that rudder, and centre board and other vital equipment cannot become detached from boat in event of a capsize


Hierarchy of Risk

  1. Eliminate risk if possible
  2. Reduce risk to the absolute minimum




May 2016                  Duncan Macpherson, Rear Commodore Sail

Feb 2018                   Duncan Macpherson, Rear Commodore

January 2020             Ian Kennedy, Rear Commodore Sail

January 2021             Ian Kennedy, Rear Commodore Sail

April 2022                  Jon Pegg, Rear Commodore Sail