With summer upon us it is an opportune time to remind all Members of SSCBC of our Code of Conduct, both onshore and offshore.
SSCBC has adopted the Australian Sailing Member Protection Policy with the aim of ensuring Members are protected from adverse actions by other Members and can enjoy the Club. A copy of the Policy is on the Club website. I encourage you to familiarise yourself with the Policy.
As the sailing season is now fully underway I want to highlight the Sailing/Boating Participant Code of Conduct which is set out below:
“Competitors are expected to comply with the Basic Principle outlined in the Racing Rules of Sailing. As a competitor you shall:
- Be tolerant of other users of the waterways and surrounding environs.
- Never argue with an official.
- Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging other sailors/boating participant, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviour.
- Not abuse other crew members.
- Abide by the Australian Sailing Anti-Doping Policy.
- Work equally hard for yourself and/or your crew. Your boat’s performance will benefit and so will you.
- Be a good sport. Applaud your opponents when they get one up on you.
- Treat all participants as you like to be treated. Do not bully or try to take an unfair advantage of another competitor.
- Cooperate with your fellow sailors/boating participants, without them there would be no competition.
- Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit not just to please others.
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.”
I am really excited about the forthcoming summer. I hope you are similarly excited. Just remember that the Club is for the enjoyment of all our members and that we need to conduct ourselves in a manner that does not impinge on everyone’s enjoyment.