707 Helms

We recognise that our members, in applying to become an Accredited Helm (skipper) will bring forward a variety of skills and experience. The 707 Sub-Committee will maintain a list of Accredited Helms & which level they are Accredited at. Levels of Accreditation will be decided by the 707 Sub-Committee & the opinions of existing, experienced 707 Helms will be taken into account. For us to Accredit each one (i.e. accept them as individuals to whom we will make available club boats), we must be satisfied that they are competent to take out a vessel and use it in a manner consistent with their experience and competence. It is expected that each helm will show due diligence and due caution in those areas where experience is still being built and where using club 707s is part of building that experience. As a guide, we want our Accredited Helms to be competent in:

Level 1 Helms:

Boat handling under sail: Sail choice. All points of sailing. Reefing. Sail and boat trimming.
Boat handling under engine: Pre start checks. Using engine. Manoeuvring on/off pontoon.
Safety: Safety briefing. Lifejackets. VHF radio. MOB procedure.
Navigation: Interpreting charts. Knowing ‘rights of way’ and small vessel’s responsibilities in confined waters.
Level 1 Helms should restrict themselves to sailing in maximum forecast wind speeds of 10kts. If the wind speed increases above this level while out sailing they may carry on sailing (appropriately reefed & dependant on sea state) but if the wind speed approaches 15kts they should head back to port. There should be at least 1 other crew aboard who is capable of returning the boat to port if the Helm is incapacitated. If there is another Accredited Helm aboard as part of the crew, the boat can be sailed to that helms experience level.
Level 1 Helms can take part in Club Racing & 707 Challenges (White Sail) where support is available. (As a guide a Level 2 RYA Keelboat qualification/equivalent sailing experience would be a starting point as a Level 1 Helm).

Level 2 Helms:

Competent in all Level 1 areas. In addition they should be competent in: Flying a spinnaker.
Understand basic Racing Rules if taking part in Club Racing/707 Challenges.
Level 2 Helms should restrict themselves to sailing in maximum forecast wind speeds of 15kts. If the wind speed increases above this level while out sailing they may carry on sailing (appropriately reefed & dependant on sea state). There should be at least 1 other crew aboard who is capable of returning the boat to port if the Helm is incapacitated. If there is another Accredited Helm aboard as part of the crew, the boat can be sailed to that helms experience level.
Level 2 Helms can take part in Club Racing & 707 Challenges, including spinnakers, where support is available. (As a guide a Level 3/Spinnaker RYA Keelboat qualification/equivalent sailing experience would be a starting point as a Level 2 Helm).

Level 3 (Racing) Helms:

Competent in all Level 1 & 2 areas. In addition they should be competent in: Knowing racing rules. Safely matching boat handling skills and crew skill levels to the racing conditions (wind, tide, sea state, fleet size etc).



To become an accredited skipper email: bosun@banffsailingclub.co.uk

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