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Sailing regulations

1. General regulations

The sailing regulations are the basis for safe and successful sailing at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg’s Pleinfeld Water Sports Centre (WSpZ). In it, important points are listed which make up good conduct on the water “. In addition, every person entering the building acknowledges the house rules of WSpZ.

“Seamanship” means “reciprocity”; it includes mutual support for each individual participant, wherever necessary and requested (e.g. boat construction and dismantling, mooring and casting off, launching). Also active assistance with rigging up and down, sailing up and down, parties together, maintenance and small repairs of the boats, as well as assistance with practice sailing, trial sailing or training.

The instructions of the sailing management or the sailing instructor on duty must be followed. In the event of violations of the sailing regulations or the house rules and/or contraventions, the right to participate in sailing is forfeited.

Participants in sailing sport at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg undertake to scrupulously observe the following points of the sailing regulations and to be liable for damage in the event of gross negligence.

2. The sailor is responsible for his safety:

  • He/She can swim confidently and has no eardrum damage.
  • He/She protects himself with appropriate clothing and sun protection.
  • He/She scrupulously observes the right-of-way rules that apply on the water.
  • He/She always carries a life jacket with him and always puts it on for sailing.
  • He/She ensures that all the equipment is on board.
  • He/She only uses plastic bottles or paper bags for drinks on board to protect against injuries.

3. The sailor shall treat the boat material and sails with care:

  • He/She uses fenders for mooring and casting off.
  • He/She wears dirt-free gymnastic or sailing shoes with a non-staining, non-slip sole and a fine profile.
  • He/She keeps the sails clear of the ground and grass during transport, tannage, bending on and off, rolling in and transporting and does not step on the sails.
  • He/She stows them in the corresponding sail bags and stores them in the shelf at the designated place in the basement (level 1) of WSpZ.
  • After sailing, he/she opens the ventilation lids and the liner and cleans the boat thoroughly inside and out with a sponge.
  • He/She protects the boat by covering it with the appropriate tarpaulin and secures it by fixing the tree support and securing the safety straps.
  • He/She hangs up wet sails to dry in the basement (level 1) of WSpZ

4. During free sailing, the sailor must observe the following:

  • He/She assumes responsibility for the boat and crew.
  • He/She chooses his crew carefully.
  • Before sailing, he/she reports to the sailing instructor on duty, indicating the selected boat type and the boat crew.
  • He/She decides before the start of sailing according to weather, wind and wave the choice of boat, sail area and courses.
  • He/She enters all trips in the logbook with the date and time of the boat rental and return as well as the name of the boat crew.
  • For safety and liability reasons, he/she checks the boat and the equipment both before and after sailing for functionality and completeness.
  • In as far as possible – and if necessary with the help of the instructor or rig master – he/she repairs minor damage immediately or replaces missing material.
  • He/She registers defects and damages that cannot be repaired or replaced by the crew under the heading “Special notes” in the logbook and confirms the entry by signature.
  • He/She immediately reports loss of material, major damage and accident to the sailing management and informs them as soon as possible if the boat cannot be returned to its berth.
  • He/She makes sure that courses in the building are disturbed or impaired as little as possible. The course has priority in all respects.
  • He/She parks his car only in the designated parking spaces. If a sailing course is taking place in the building, the car park at the house is closed to participants of free sailing.
  • He/She can stay overnight in the building after arrangement with the sailing instructor on duty, provided that a sailing instructor is present in the building. Fees according to notice board.
  • If the boat is towed away by the rescue company during free sailing, the skipper pays a rescue fee of 25€ to the rescue company.

5. During practice sailing, applies to the sailor:

  • He/She is responsible for the boat and the crew. Each crew member must currently participate in the training at WSpZ and may not yet have a sailing licence.
  • Before sailing, he/she reports to the sailing instructor on duty, indicating the selected boat type and the boat crew.
  • He/She leaves his sailing chart in the boat board while sailing.
  • He/She decides before the start of sailing according to weather, wind and wave the choice of boat, sail area and courses. He/She adheres to the given practice zone.
  • He/She enters all trips in the logbook with the date and time of the boat rental and return as well as the name of the boat crew.
  • For safety and liability reasons, he/she checks the boat and the equipment both before and after sailing for functionality and completeness.
  • He/She repairs as far as possible – and if necessary with the help of the instructor or rig master – small damages immediately or replaces missing material.
  • He/She registers defects and damages, which cannot be repaired or replaced by the crew himself, under the heading “Specials” in the logbook and confirms the entry by signature.
  • He/She immediately reports loss of material, major damage and accident to the sailing management and informs them as soon as possible if the boat cannot be returned to its berth.
  • He/She makes sure that courses in the building are disturbed or impaired as little as possible. The course has priority in all respects.
  • He/She parks his car only in the designated parking spaces. If a sailing course takes place in the house, the car park at the building is closed for participants of free sailing.
  • He/She can stay overnight in the building after arrangement with the sailing instructor on duty, provided that a sailing instructor is present in the building. Fees according to notice board.

6. The sailor shall protect the premises, installations and facilities of the WSpZ:

  • He/She scrupulously complies with the house rules of WSpZ.
  • He/She carefully closes the entrances to WSpZ to protect the building and the equipment when leaving and keeps them open only as long as absolutely necessary.
  • He/She protects the equipment from damage and moisture.
  • He/She uses the access authorisation responsibly and grants only authorised persons access to the building or the loan of equipment and boats (in the event of misuse, the access authorisation expires!).
  • He/She reports lost property to the sailing instructor on duty or to the sailing management.
  • He/She uses the lockers in the changing rooms only for the duration of his stay at the building.

7. The sailor is ecologically sensitive:

  • He/She keeps the lakes clean.
  • He/She avoids the protected areas.
  • He/She avoids unnecessary noise.

signed Head of Sailing, DSS at FAU