Updated Sail Training Policy and Procedure for approval and request to use the boats in the sail training fleet.
Sail Training Policy ( effective: Sept. 1, 2008. ) section regarding member use of the sail training boats.
"A limited number of single and double-handed sailboats are available through the Sail Training Program for non-racing use by members and their families. These boats include Optimists, Picos, Lasers, Windsurfers and Flying Juniors. Only members who have been previously "Authorized" by the Sail Training Commander or a designee will be able to use the sail training boats. The Sail Training Commander will define the procedure to get "Authorized", plus a procedure to reserve and check out boats for use, then communicate the procedure to the AYC membership and AYC general manager. Additionally, in a limited number of situations, with appropriate adult coaches in responsible positions, the Sail Training Commander may authorize the use of sail training boats for use in junior racing events. Members assume all responsibility for care and return of the boats, and will be held responsible for any damage which occurs while the boat is checked out to their care."
Sail Training Boat Use: Pre-Approval, Authorization Procedure.
Only people who have been previously "authorized" by the sail training commander or a designee will be able to use the sail training boats. To get "Authorized" people should have demonstrated that they are familiar with the boat, its safe use, proper rigging and proper stowage of equipment. The "Authorization" can be accomplished by the sail training commander asking an instructor or competent adult volunteer who has worked with that individual to either verify that persons knowledge or to do any necessary additional teaching for that person before they check the boat out for use.
If no references are available, then an appointment with the sail training commander, or instructor must be made to do a certification sail to demonstrate the skills in use of the requested boat. In addition, use by "Junior Members" will require identification of a "Responsible Adult" who will be in charge of use by the respective junior. A responsible adult will generally be a parent responsible for oversight, safety, check-in and check-out of boats. Authorization is initiated by emailing the sail training commander with references. Once authorization is done, the name will be added to the "Sail Training Boat Authorization Use List" which will be on file in the AYC office.
Boat Reservation and Checkout:
"Authorized" Members who want to use the boats should check with Sail Training Commander prior to using them ( call or email ) to ensure there are no conflicts with sail training events. The sail training commander will alert the office of the intended use. Just prior to use they should check in with the AYC office to let them know that they are going to use a boat. If there were any problems with the boat they should notify the office or sail training commander. Members can request blocks of use periods so they don't have to go through sail training commander for each and every use. On days when the AYC office is closed, members should call the Sail Training Commander prior to any use that was not already planned and approved