Before sailing, the team needs to:
- Check latest check out report, there is information about any errors or defects at the boats.
- Pick up the spinnaker from the container
- Check in the boat in the KNS web page
It is important that the skipper / team go thoroughly over the boat before it is checked-in.
In case there are damage / defects on the boat it should be noted in the “Check in” form. Remember that the form must be submitted BEFORE the sailing begins.
When the skipper is submitting the “check in” form. It is the skipper’s confirmation that all equipment is in place and that the boat has no damage / defects beyond those already registered on the previous report.
If a skipper / team fails to submit the form the skipper will be responsible for any unreported damage or missing equipment.
Checklist before leaving the dock
Empty the boat for water. Check inside all watertight compartments in front of mast and at stern.
Make sure the keel plate is in place and secured.
Shackles: the shackles of following blocks shall be secured with cable ties:
- Main sheet blocks (3)
- Jib blocks (4)
- Spinnaker blocks (4)
Splints: following splints needs to be fully taped / covered with tape to prevent damage to the sails
- Splints at the bottom part of the forestay
- Splints at the spreader
- Splints at the side stays / shrouds
- Splint at the gooseneck (1)
- Traveller system
- Main sheet system
- Vang system
To avoid damage to the boom and the side decks, place / “park” the boom on the cockpit floor in case the main is not hoisted. Don’t place it on the side decks as it may fall down.
When hoisting the main sail, do not turn the halyard around the clamp located at the right side at the lower part of the mast. Use the clamp only for fastening. Grab the halyard below the opening of the mast and pull it vertically down, avoid friction at the cleat and at the opening.
Don’t use the pin to attach the tack of the main sail to the gooseneck, only use the white strap around the mast.
When the main is hoisted, secure the halyard with a knot to avoid loss of tension.
Make sure to ease backstay tension while hoisting the spinnaker. A tight backstay may damage the mast when the spinnaker fills.
Furling the jib
When furling the jib in or out make sure to ease the sail completely. Furling in/out should preferably be done while sailing downwind to avoid damage.
Taking down the main sail
Remember to release the outhaul before lowering the sail.
Main sail shall be rolled and stored inside the boat.
The jib shall be properly furled and secured with a sail tie to prevent unfurling in strong wind conditions while in harbour. Release the jib halyard tension. This is to avoid unnecessary wear of the luff of the jib.
Spinnaker shall be checked for damage. Wet spinnakers shall be spread out for drying in KNS classroom or eventually inside the boat. Dry spinnakers shall be put in their bag and left in the boat.
The ruder shall remain in position when the boat is left in the water, the tiller shall be secured behind the backstay.
Lift the boom with the main sail halyard to horizontal position, coil the main sheet and fix it around the boom so it’s not lying on deck.
Spinnaker sheets shall be coiled and be placed inside the boat. This applies to the barberhaul for the J/80’s as well.
All other lines shall be coiled and secured on the boom and around the winches. They shall not be lying on deck.
Rinse and if necessary wash the boat with a sponge and soap. The boats should be cleaned with soap available in the boat or in the equipment container and labeled with J70 / J80. Other type of soap can be harmful to the boat and should not be used.
The boats shall be securely moored with:
- Bow line
- Stern line
- Aft spring
- Forward spring
Use only mooring lines (don’t use sheets or control lines!). If mooring lines are missing, contact the harbour master.
Before leaving the boat make sure to fill out the “check out” form.
In case of damage
In case of damage or / and accident to the boat or to the equipment the skipper immediately have to consider whether the training session can continue or not. In doubt, the training has to be aborted. Saliling should be stopped if the damage can get worse.
If any damage on the boat or equipment priority should be given to reparation or replacement before end of your booking period. This is to ensure that the boat is ready for the next booking.
Damage to equipment / missing equipment
Damage to the equipment (ropes, lines / blocks) has to be fixed / replaced by the team itself by taking required parts / equipment out of the boatpool container, where most of spare parts can be found. Contact harbour master to get access to the container.
Any spare parts taken from the container must be reported in the check in / check out form.
Damage to sails
Damaged sails should be taken down and repaired before further use.
In case of damage to the mainsail, the main usually needs to be repaired by a sailmaker.
The battens have to be removed and the sail has to be rolled nicely. Store the sail at its dedicated place in the container and report the damage in the check out report.
In case of damage to the jib (forsail), the jib usually needs to be repaired by a sailmaker.
The battens have to be removed and the sail has to be rolled nicely. Store the sail at his dedicated place in the container and report the damage in check out report.
In case of a small rip (up to 10 cm) tape the rip by your own with your own spinnaker tape. In case you don’t have your own tape there is some in the container.
Round cut the corners of the patch. The patches will hold much better. Place the tape / patches on both sides of the cloth. In case the cloth / sail is wet, it needs to be dry before placing the patches (hairdryer available in container). Store the sail at his dedicated place in the container.
In case of damage to the spinnaker more than a 10 cm rip, the spinnaker usually needs to be repaired by a sailmaker.
Store the sail at his dedicated place in the container and report the damage in check out report.
Damage to hull
In case of a damage to the gelcoat / hull the training needs to be aborted immediately.
This is important to avoid that water will lead into the core material. Tape the damage surface immediately. Write your name and date on the tape. Report the damage in check out report.
Hitting the ground
Main reason in most of the cases when hitting / touching the ground is inattention and KNS look very seriously at such events. Immediately stop the training session and sail the boat back the harbour even if it is only a minor contact.
Contact Karl Kjørstad by mobile 93430356, email@example.com. Report the damage in the checkout report. The boat needs to be taken out of the water. Don’t leave before this is done / ensured. The boat have to stay on land and needs to be checked by KNS before sailing again.