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(as agreed at committee 18 June 2018, amended October 2022)


One or other of the club's safety boats is kept in its mooring at the far end of Thurne Dyke and may be use by any member for legitimate purposes only.


Legitimate uses of Safety Boat.

For mooring holders and other members to access the club site, club moorings, and other moorings in the close vicinity (moorings between the club site and Thurne Mouth only)

To carry out maintenance to the club site (for instance volunteers on the mowing rota) and to transport equipment and materials to the club site.

To take to another club's open event attended by members but only with the prior permission of the committee. Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request this at least in time for the last committee meeting before the event for which it is required.  N.B. in these circumstances it should not be used as a ’safety boat’ by that club.
No arrangement to take the safety boat to another club to be used as a safety boat will be permitted without a formal request being received by the committee in writing from the borrowing club and that being approved by the committee in writing.

Rules for the casual use of the safety Boat

Keys, kill cord, outboard hood are for the time being to be kept in the usual place in Thurne. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need to know the location.   Please check there is sufficient fuel and notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if it is getting low.


The borrowed safety boat may NOT be left on the club site or other mooring unattended, for instance whilst you go sailing. It may be needed by another member.


If one safety boat is away on loan to another club or being serviced or repaired etc., the other must be left in the dyke mooring. It is the responsibility of whoever takes the safety boat away to ensure that the other is left in its place in Thurne Dyke. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the location of the keys for the second safety boat


On the rare occasions that both safety boats are unavailable, a notice will be placed on the website front page giving the dates and the moorings officer will endeavour to contact volunteers on the mowing rota so other arrangements can be made.


No non-member should be permitted to operate the safety boat.


Please sweep the safety boat out after use with the duspan and brush kept under the rear seat for the purpose.


Any problems with the safety boat or it’s engine must be reported to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





9.30 am - Saturday 27th April 2024 - Thurne Dyke

As you will know,  EACC puts on many events over the year - cruising, racing and social - and we rely on volunteers and help for members for all of these, both in the organisation and participation.  Safety is paramount to everything EACC does, and for all the racing events we need safety boat crew - we can't run the event without them.  The safety boat crew have an essential role - not just being available to assist any yachtsman who needs help, but to lay and take in the course markers, to follow the fleet if needed and generally assist the OOD (Officer Of the Day).  

We are running a training event on Saturday 27 April so that Members can learn/refresh the skills to do safety boat crew, or perhaps just increase their confidence in these skill. The session will include training on bringing a boat alongside a mooring, retrieving a boat in trouble and returning boats back to moorings. These are all useful skills in your everyday boating and are not just for EACC.
The training is run by Ian and Kira Mason, who have many years of experience in this field and we are grateful for them for donating their time to EACC. The training is free for members, but spaces are limited and available on a first come first served basis.
So if you would like to learn/refresh some boat handling skills, have a great day out on the water and be able to help EACC out in the future, please sign up by emailing Cally to register.
The session run from 9.30 ish to 3.30 ish and will start at Thurne Dyke next to where the Safety Boat is moored (through the gate opposite the Public Toilets at Thurne). You will need to bring a buoyancy aid, a packed lunch and suitable clothing for the weather conditions. The training team will not say no to any biscuits offered, but this is not compulsory!
Any questions, please contact Cally
Thanks - and remember that your club needs you!
Cally Smith (EACC 2nd Mate)