Windsurfers, as all sailors, have a responsibility to ensure their own safety.
Windsurfing is an individual sport and thus the windsurfer must often rely on his or her own skills and ingenuity to ensure a safe, fun existence. Review the Sailing Rules, of the Jericho Sailing Centre Association.
Below are rules and safety information for Windsurf fleet members. Additional information, best practices and safety information is found in the Windsurfing Handbook.
Not only is sailing with a buddy a safe thing to do, it also provides a social opportunity for a new windsurfer - one of the best things of being a part of a club. We encourage members to exchange emails, lounge on the grass or on the beach where the windsurfers hang out and simply get to know their fellow sailors. As part of a club, not only is it important to watch out for each other, but it can be fun to sail together, race, practice freestyle tricks or simply to have a beverage on the patio.
It is strongly recommended that no level 1 sailor goes out in winds over 15 knots. Anyone that does so is solely responsible to any damages that incur to club equipment and to themselves.
When practicing for Level 2, which takes place in higher winds, another advanced windsurfer must be close at hand to assist and advise.
Members are permitted to sign out equipment for a 2 hour period. Most people, however, will only windsurf for an average of about 1 to 1½ hours - keep this in mind if you are waiting for the return of the gear. Please be mindful to watch out for other members who might be waiting for high demand gear (e.g. foils). Remember the Locarno Way.
Be prepared for the wind to die approximately one hour before sundown. The wind generally dies off (often dramatically) around 6:00 -7:00pm in the summer, so be warned. If you take that last run out into the middle of the bay expecting the wind to blow you back in around this time, you may be forced to do a self-rescue all the way back to shore. Jericho Rescue may approach you to make sure you are OK, then advise you to start paddling back so don't count on the water taxi backup. If the winds should die, don't panic. It generally takes about a 1/2 hour to paddle back to shore from the area around the ships in the middle of the bay. Simply stay close to shore if sailing in the early evening hours during the summer. Note: if you should happen to paddle back when it's dark out, the beach gates to Jericho could be closed so you'll have to walk around to the parking lot entrance.
It's a member's responsibility to assess and wear the appropriate wetsuit for the current conditions.
The following table is a guide only. Members must wear a wetsuit based on their personal needs and constitution and current conditions.
|Indicative water temperature
|10c - 18c
|4/3 mm, boots may help
|5/4 mm or dry suit, plus boots, gloves and hood
A wetsuit is generally described in terms of its thickness (in millimeters). For instance, a wetsuit with a torso thickness of 3 mm and an arms/legs thickness of 2 mm will be described as a "3/2". Windsurfing wetsuits are designed so that you can comfortably hold your arms out straight and hang on to the boom. Water will run off the shiny neoprene and not cool you in the wind. The wetsuit should be snug everywhere without cutting off circulation.
Members must sail within the following high wind limits for the respective windsurf skill level:
|High Wind Limit
|No greater than 15 knots
|No greater than 20 knots
|Within personal limits to stay safe (factors include sea state, weight, sail size, board size, skill level)
Look out for clinics and other information to help you progress. Contact a fleet captain or the director if you want to move up a level.
Before using equipment you must sign-out both sail and board using the Craft Sign-out System.
Equipment is only to be rigged/de-rigged and tuned on the GRASS or on the RIGGING MATS PROVIDED!