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 critical rules and safety information for Windsurf fleet members. More detailed rules, procedures and safety information is found in the Windsurfing Handbook.
Windsurfers are required by law to have a PFD when windsurfing. Members must comply with the law and the ClubLocarno Member Rules
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.
A 3/2 wetsuit is adequate for sailing in the summer around Jericho, and for people who do not tend to get cold. A 4/3 or wetsuit is a good choice if you like to sail in the spring and autumn or to sail in the summer but tend to get cold. For experienced windsurfers to sail in the off-season, a 5/4 or a drysuit, with boots and a hood is strongly recommended.
For beginners: A wetsuit is generally described in terms of its thickness (in millimetres). 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.
Before using the equipment you must sign out both the sail and the board. This is how the next member knows when to expect the gear back (i.e. when it will be next available for use). Signing in is also beneficial for member safety and it provides a way to track gear use by members. You are responsible for all equipment that you sign out. If you would like to take over a sail that someone else has already signed out, be sure you sign out the board and sail in your name and sign in the gear for the other member as well! Always be sure to check for damage, and that the gear is rigged properly before taking it out.
Read these handbook articles to
Members shall sail within the following high wind limits for the respective windsurf skill level:
|Skill Level||High Wind Limit|
|Level 1||No greater than 15 knots|
|Level 2||No greater than 20 knots|
|Level 3||Within personal limits to stay safe (factors include sea state, weight, sail size, board size, skill level)|
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.
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.