Welcome to the website of Weston's best kept secret - the Weston Bay Yacht Club.
The club aims to serve all Weston's wind and water users, be that as a sailor, windsurfer, canoeist, land sailor, jet skier, kite flyer or whatever it is you want to do. We also have a social section for those who prefer the indoors!
We have hot showers and changing rooms, as well as our bar and lounge and fully equipped kitchen - or galley if you prefer.
We offer mooring space along the River Axe for approximately 100 yachts. We also have a training room for holding our RYA approved courses.
We really hope you'll find a home for yourself at our club - we're looking forward to meeting you!
Meanwhile, please feel free to browse our site to find about the club, as well as useful information about the local water conditions.
Saturday 17th October 2015 - 10:00 start.
HW WsM 09:49 11.33m
The event is open to all member clubs of the Bristol Channel Yachting Association. Each club team may enter four boats with only the best placed three boats being allocated points in the race. The winning boat will receive ¾ point, 2nd boat – 2 points, 3rd boat – 3 points, and so on. The team with the lowest number of points will be the winner.
The Rules covering this event are:-
The race will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), by the prescriptions of the RYA, except as changed by these Sailing Instructions.
The race may be held in spite of adverse weather conditions and it is the responsibility of the owner to ensure the safety of his yacht and crew.
Handicapping will be based upon the PY / Byron system. Handicap figures for all competing boats must be provided to Weston Bay Yacht Club Handicapper by the respective Clubs prior to the race. If competing boats do not have a Byron handicap figure, then the WBYC Handicapper will do his best to allocate a figure if the boat is listed on the Byron web site (www.byronsoftware.org.uk). In these circumstances it is the responsibility of the boat skipper (or the competing Club) to provide all information which would affect allowances from the basic figure well before the race day.
Any change to the sailing instructions will be posted at the WBYC clubhouse and promulgated by VHF Channel M1 (37) not later than one hour before the start of the race.
The course chosen by the O.O.D. will be displayed at the clubhouse at least one hour before the start. Competitors arriving shortly before the race will be given details via VHF Channel M1 (37). The race will normally last approximately 3 hours.
Safe water mark approximate position - Weston Bay 51° 19`.9 N 003° 00`.84 W approx.
Start in Weston Bay at the safe water buoy. Then Gore buoy to South. Then West Culver to South. Then Barry West (Welsh Water) to South.
Finish at Barry between clubhouse flag pole and orange inflatable buoy off Jackson’s Bay (just West of harbour entrance).
Starting Signals with Committee boat on station
0955 Warning. Numeral Pennant No.1 broken out and sound signal.
0956 Preparatory. Flag ‘P’ broken out and sound signal.
0959 One-minute. Flag ‘P’ lowered and long sound signal.
1000 Starting. Pennant lowered and sound signal.
Starting procedure if committee boat can not be deployed
0950 Warning. 10 minute warning given on VHF Channel M1 (37)
0955 Preparatory. 5 minute warning given on VHF Channel M1 (37).
1000 Start signal with 10 sec countdown given on VHF Channel M1 (37)
Weather permitting a committee boat will be anchored north of the safe water buoy and the start line will be between the committee boat and the buoy.
If the committee boat can not be deployed the starting line will be an imaginary line passing through the safe water mark buoy in Weston Bay in transit with the end of Birnbeck Pier to the north. Boats will start to the south of the safe water buoy between the buoy and Brean Down.
Individual recalls will be indicated by a call on VHF Channel M1 (37). Any yacht that is on the course side of the starting line when the starting signal is made and which fails to return and start properly, will have 10% added to her elapsed time.
If a general recall is required this will be called on VHF Channel M1 (37).
The course may be shortened to finish at any mark of the course.
Finish at Barry on a line between the clubhouse flagpole and an orange inflatable buoy off Jackson’s Bay just west of Barry entrance. Competitors to note their own time and advise of approach on VHF Channel M1 (37).
There will be a time limit of 8 hours after the start for the first yacht to finish. The time limit for all other yachts is 9 hours after the start. Competitors retiring are requested to report to Race Control by radio on VHF Channel M1 (37).
Any protest must be handed to the O.O.D. in writing within one hour of the protester finishing and be accompanied by a fee of £5.00, which may be forfeited at the discretion of the Protest Committee. Protests will be heard as soon as possible.
Anchors must not be stowed projecting over the bows of competing yachts during the race.
The names and handicaps of the competing boats in each team should be sent to the Sailing Secretary WBYC contact Pat Jensen tel 01934 629019, mobile 07792 492573, email jensen712 at btinternet.com as soon as possible together with a declaration that each boat has adequate third party insurance cover.
Course and racing information and instructions will be transmitted by radio on VHF Channel M (37). WBYC cannot be held responsible for any misunderstandings which may arise during such communications and recommends that competitors arrive early enough to examine the latest Race Instructions and the course information at the clubhouse.
Barry Yacht Club has kindly offered to find berths within the harbour for vessels staying overnight. Please use VHF Channel M1 (37).
THE CLUB CANNOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SUITABILITY OF THE BERTH TO WHICH YACHTS ARE DIRECTED. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH SKIPPER TO ENSURE THAT THEIR YACHT NEITHER TAKES NOR CAUSES DAMAGE IN THE ALLOCATED BERTH.
It is hoped that boats will be able to remain at Barry overnight on Saturday so that it will then be possible to present the Weston Plate trophy to the winning team at the Barry clubhouse
DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
Each boat skipper is entirely responsible for the safety of the boat and crew and nothing, whether in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions or anywhere else, reduces this responsibility.
It is for the skipper to decide whether the boat is fit to sail in the conditions in which she finds herself. By going to sea the skipper confirms that the boat is fit for those conditions and that her crew is competent to sail and compete in them.
Nothing done by the organisers can reduce the responsibility of the boat skipper, nor will it make the organisers responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, howsoever it may have occurred, as a result of the boat taking part in the racing. The term “organisers” encompasses everyone helping to run the race and the event, and includes the organising authority, the race committee, the race officer, the committee boat crews and the shoremasters.
Each competing boat is required to hold adequate insurance and in particular to hold insurance against third party claims in the sum of at least £1,000,000.
Secretary :- Pat Jensen Telephone 01934 629019, Mobile 07792 492573, email jensen712 at btinternet.com.
Assistant :- Tony Hoskings Mobile 07867 973596