The RYA recommends that the ‘Disclaimer of Liability’ in World Sailing’s Notice of Race and Sailing Instruction Guides is removed and, in Notices of Race, replaced by a ‘Risk Statement’.
Before using the recommended Risk Statement, race organizers should:
The RYA provides guidance on the legal aspects of race, training and event management in its publication ‘Race, Training and Event Management – The Legal Aspects’ which is available to affiliated clubs, recognised training centres and members.
Rule 3 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states: ‘The responsibility for a boat's decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone.’
Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:
The RYA recommends that for events where inspections may be conducted a statement be added to the Notice of Race.
The fact that race officials may conduct inspections of a boat does not reduce the responsibilities of each competitor set out in this Notice of Race.
The RYA recommends that on the entry form a declaration is included which entrants are required to acknowledge.
I agree to be bound by the Racing Rules of Sailing and all other rules that govern this race. In particular, I confirm that I have read the Notice of Race and accept its provisions and agree that my boat will conform to the requirements set out in the Notice of Race throughout the event.
The management of racing involves the use of participants’ personal information. Within the United Kingdom, the use and storage of personal information is regulated by the Data Protection Act 2018. The RYA is able to provide guidance on the requirements of this Act to RYA affiliated organisations.
The RYA recommends that a privacy statement is included in the Notice of Race. The RYA recommends that, before using this template, the organizing authority reviews the personal data requirements of the event to ensure that the statement is adequate for the event. This is essential when personal data may be used for purposes other than the direct administration of the event.