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Coach Resources

Powerpoint Presentations from past Dinghy Sailing Shows

RYA Safer Coaching Guidelines

Fitness for Sailing

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What Safety Boat to Dinghy ratio should I plan for?
A: This is a common question and quite a difficult answer. Most of the details are in the Race Training and Event Management document.

The basic answer is that there is not a set ratio. It would be impossible and impractical to set down 1 to 6 as at an inland lake with a force 2 you might be completely safe to run the coaching by walking around the lake ( e.g. West Kirby).

Conversely sailing a force 6 in the Solent with lots of chop might need 1 on 1. The club/coach is required to provide rescue cover that would 'reasonably' protect sailors from the dangers of sailing. Like all risk assessments it depends on: conditions, sailor's age, ability, type of boat, type of rescue boat, qualifications of rib drivers, etc.

The important thing is that you have evaluated your club, conditions and your racers and provided cover for them and written down those thoughts somewhere. e.g. Risk assessment.

Youth and beginners required more cover because the likely hood is that they will capsize and this is detailed in the Race Training and Event Management document.

(Updated 14/02/18)

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