Constitution

BRIGHTON SAILING CLUB
CONSTITUTION

Based on the RYA Model Constitution. www.rya.org.uk © Royal Yachting Association Updated: 20 January 2012
The model constitution is divided into the following sections:
1. Names and Objects
2. Officers
3. Membership
4. Management Committee
5. Trustees
6. Meetings of the Club
7. Dissolution of the Club
8. Byelaws, Etc.
 

SECTION 1 - NAME AND OBJECTS

1.  The name of the Club shall be 'The Brighton Sailing Club' (hereinafter referred to in these rules as the Club).
2. The objects for which the Club is formed are to promote and facilitate community participation in the sport of sailing and to provide social and other facilities for members as may be from time to time determined.

SECTION 2 - OFFICERS

Officers of the Club  *3. The Officers of the Club shall be Full or Family members of the Club and shall consist of a Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, an Honorary Secretary and an Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Membership Secretary. Officers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting in each year and shall hold office for up to three years, retiring at the termination of the Annual General Meeting in each year. All Officers of the Club shall be eligible for re-election.
   

Duties of Honorary Secretaries etc.

Duties of Honorary Secretary 4. The Honorary Secretary and Honorary Membership Secretary) shall:-
  (a)

 Keep a register of Club members' names and addresses;

  (b)

 Conduct the correspondence of the Club;

  (c)

 Keep custody of all Club documents;

  (d)

 Keep full minutes of all meetings of the Club, the Committee as defined in S.4 and sub-committee which shall be confirmed and signed by the appropriate Chairman upon the agreement of the Club, the Committee or sub-committee at the next following meeting of the Club, the Committee or sub-committee;

  (e)

 Administer such insurance policy or policies as may be needed fully to protect the interests of the Club, its Officers and its members;

  (f)

Maintain contact with the Club's Legal Advisor to ensure that the Club's affairs are managed in accordance with current law.

  (g)

 Maintain any such certificates or registrations, and complete any such non-financial returns, as may be required by law.

Duties of Honorary Treasurer 5. The Honorary Treasurer shall :-
  (a)

Cause such books of account to be kept as are necessary to give a true and fair view of the state of finances of the Club.

  (b)  Cause all returns as may be required by law in relation to such accounts to be rendered at the due time.
  (c)

 *Prepare an Annual Balance Sheet as at 1st December in each year and cause such Balance Sheet (and accounts as necessary) to be audited at least once annually and shall thereafter cause the same to be exhibited in the Club premises at least fourteen days before the date of the Annual General Meeting.

Duties of Honorary Auditors 6. The Honorary Auditors shall:-
  (a)

Be appointed at the Annual General Meeting in each year and shall be two appropriately qualified members of the Club;

  (b)

 The Auditors shall audit the accounts * and Annual Balance Sheet of the Club when called upon to do so and shall give such certificate of assurance as to the accuracy of the said accounts as shall be required by law or by the Committee;

  (c)

If either unwilling or unable to act, inform the Committee who shall appoint a substitute to hold office until the termination of the next Annual General Meeting.

SECTION 3 - MEMBERSHIP

Categories and votes of Membership 7. There shall be the following categories of membership with power to vote at all meetings of the Club as indicated hereunder. The rights and privileges of each category of members are as defined in the latest edition of the byelaws of the Club.
A FULL MEMBER – being a person who, at the date of election, shall have attained the age of eighteen years shall have one vote.
A FAMILY MEMBER - which expression shall include one or two co-habiting adults and all children within their guardianship under eighteen years of age. The family unit shall have one vote, exercisable by either adult.
AN HONORARY MEMBER - who shall have no vote.
A SOCIAL MEMBER - who shall have no vote.
A TEMPORARY MEMBER - who shall have no vote.
    AN AFFILIATE MEMBER - who shall have no vote
   

No member may use the Club premises, or any of the facilities of the Club until forty-eight hours have elapsed from the date of posting of notice of election.

   

* Candidates for membership shall have no privileges whatsoever in relation to the use of the Club or premises.

Membership Entrance & Subscription Fee 8. The rate of Entrance and Subscription fee for each category of Membership shall be proposed by the Committee to the members at the Annual General Meeting in each year. Any proposed changes shall be approved by a majority of those present and entitled to vote and shall become operative on the first day of January in the year following. The current rate of Entrance and Subscription fee shall be prominently displayed in the Club premises.
  (a)

 Membership of the Club shall be open to anyone interested in the sport of yachting on application regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs. Membership may however be limited according to available facilities on a non-discriminatory basis.

  (b)

 Membership subscriptions will be kept at levels that will not pose a significant obstacle to people participating.

  (c)

 The Club Committee may refuse membership or, subject to Rule 18, remove it, only for good cause such as conduct or character likely to bring the Club or sport into disrepute. Appeal against refusal of membership may be made to the members.

9.  Members shall also make the following annual payments:- 
  (a)

An annual boat permit fee of such a sum as the Committee shall from time to time prescribe which shall entitle a member a space in the Club's boat park.

  (b)

 All members shall pay the Entrance fee (if any) and their first annual subscription upon election to the Club and thereafter on the first day of January in each year. Provided that a member elected after the first day of June in any year shall pay half the annual subscription applicable for that year and that a member elected after the first day of November in any year shall not be required to pay any subscription in respect of the year of election, but shall pay, on election, the Entrance fee and the annual subscription in respect of the year following election. Members' duty to provide an up to date address

10. Every member shall furnish the Honorary Membership Secretary with an up-to-date address which shall be recorded in the Register of Members and any notice sent to such address as shall be deemed to have been duly delivered.

Election and retirement of members Candidates for election

Application for membership 12.  An application for membership shall be in the form from time to time prescribed by the Committee, and shall include the name, address, and occupation of the candidate.
Election of Members 13. *Upon receipt of an application for membership, the Honorary Secretary shall enter such application in a Register of Candidates and there shall be an interval of at least two days before the meeting of the Committee at which such application for membership shall be considered. The election of all classes of members is vested in the Committee and shall be a simple majority vote of those of the Committee.

(a) The Committee may refuse applications only for good cause such as conduct or character likely to bring the Club into disrepute. The Honorary Secretary shall inform each candidate in writing of the candidate's election or non-election. He shall furnish an elected candidate with a copy of the Rules and Byelaws of the Club and make request for such payments as are necessary.

 [(b)Appeal against refusal to elect may be made to the members in General Meeting.
Payment of Fees upon Election 14. Upon election, a candidate shall pay, within one calendar month, such Entrance and other fees as shall be requested. In default of such payment, the election shall be void unless sufficient cause for delay be shown.
One year’s temporary absence of 15. A member who, for any reason, anticipates inability to use the Club or its facilities for the whole of any one year shall be excused payment of the annual member subscription and other annual fees provided that notice in writing is given to the Honorary Secretary before the last day of November in the previous year. A member wishing to be re-instated during the year in question shall pay such portion of the annual subscription as the Committee shall require.
Retirement of a member 16. A member desirous of retiring from membership shall give notice in writing to the Honorary Secretary before the last day of November and shall not then be liable to pay the subscription for the following year. Upon re-application by a past member the Committee may, at its discretion, excuse payment of an Entrance Fee. A member who is admitted as a member of the Supporters’ Club shall automatically cease to be a member of the Club and need not serve notice of their retirement on the Club. In this Rule, “Supporters’ Club” means the Brighton Sailing Club Supporters’ Club, which is an affiliated club pursuant to Rule 74.
Arrears of Subscription 17. The Committee may cancel, without notice being given, the membership of any member whose annual subscription and other annual fees are more than three months in arrears provided that the Committee may, at its discretion, re-instate such member upon payment of arrears. No member whose annual payment is in arrears may enter any Club event or regatta or vote at any meeting.

Conduct of Members

Under-taking by members to comply with rules 18. Every member, upon election and thereafter, is deemed to have notice of, and undertakes to comply with, the Club Rules and the current Byelaws and Regulations of the Club. Any refusal or neglect to do so, or any conduct which, in the opinion of the Committee, is either unworthy of a member or otherwise injurious to the interests of the Club, shall render a member liable to disciplinary action by the Committee, which may include expulsion or non-renewal of membership.
Disciplinary action against members PROVIDED THAT, before taking any such disciplinary action, the Committee shall call upon such member for a written explanation of the member's conduct and shall give the member full opportunity of making explanation to the Committee, or of resigning.

A Resolution to apply any sanction shall be carried by a simple majority vote by those members of the Committee present and voting on the Resolution.

Appeal against expulsion or non-renewal of membership may be made to the members in General Meeting.

Upon expulsion of a member, the Committee may dispose of the former member’s boat and/or trailer in accordance with Clause 72.
Guests in the Club 19. Members shall enter the names of all guests in the Visitor's Book. Not more than [three] guests may be introduced in any one day and the same guest may not be introduced more than [six] times in any calendar year.
Damage to Club property 20. A member shall not knowingly remove, injure, destroy or damage any property of the Club and shall make restitution for the same if called upon to do so by the Committee or by the Honorary Secretary upon the instructions of the Committee.
Exhibiting of notices 21. A member shall not cause any communication in whatever form to be exhibited on Club notice boards or premises without permission of the Honorary Secretary.
Settlement of Accounts 22. A member shall settle any indebtedness for refreshment or otherwise before leaving the Club premises, or in accordance with any byelaw relating to the settlement of such indebtedness. Suggestions 23. All suggestions shall be entered in the Suggestion Book and signed by the Member.
Complaints 24. Complaints of any nature relating to the management of the Club premises shall be addressed in writing to the Honorary Secretary. Under no circumstances shall a servant of the Club be personally reprimanded by a member.
Members of other RYA Clubs 25. A member of any Club affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association (a list whereof is published by the said Association) may be authorised to use the premises of the Club by any member of the Committee of the Club. Such authorisation shall specify between which dates the said person may so use the premises.
Competitors in Club races 26. Any person who is a competitor or crew member in any race sponsored by or on behalf of the Club is entitled to the use of the Club premises within a period of  24 hours before and after the race in which they are competing.
Power to expel those admitted under rules 25 & 26 hereof 27. The Honorary Secretary or any other person who has received the authority of two members of the Committee, may expel, temporarily or permanently, any person who has the right to the use of the Club premises only under Rules 25 and 26.

Limitation of Club liability

Limitation of Club liability 28. All references to the Club in this Rule shall mean each and every individual member of the Club from time to time. Members are bound by the following Rule which shall also be exhibited in a prominent place within the Club premises:- Members of the Club may use the Club premises, and any other facilities of the Club, entirely at their own risk and impliedly accept:-
    (a) The Club will not accept any liability for any damage to or loss of property belonging to members.
    (b) The Club will not accept any liability of personal injury arising out of the use of the Club premises, any other facilities of the Club either sustained by members or caused by the said members whether or not such damage or injury could have been attributed to or was occasioned by the neglect, default or negligence of any of them, the Officers, Committee, Trustees or Servants of the Club.
29. Membership of the Club and acceptance of these rules by the member will be deemed to constitute consent to the holding of relevant personal data for the purposes of the Data Protection Acts.

SECTION 4 - MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Constitution of Committee  30. The Management Committee (herein referred to as 'the Committee') shall consist of the Officers, ex officio, and not less than four nor more than twenty Full or Family Members *(who have attained the age of eighteen years) elected at the Annual General Meeting each year to hold office until the termination of the next following Annual General Meeting.
Retirement of members of the Committee  31.  At the Annual General Meeting each year two of the Full and Family members shall retire in order of election or seniority. In the case of equal seniority the order of retirement shall, failing agreement between the members concerned, be determined by lot. Members retiring under the rule shall not be eligible for re-election to the Committee until the Annual General Meeting next following the meeting at which they retire.
Candidates for election to Committee e 32. Candidates for election to the Committee (not being Officers of the Club) shall be those members of the retiring Committee eligible to offer themselves for re-election and such other full or Family members whose nominations (duly proposed and seconded in writing by Full or Family members of the Club) with their consent shall have been received by the Honorary Secretary at least twenty eight days before the date of the Annual General Meeting in each year. Such nominations, together with the names of the Proposer and Seconder shall be posted to the Club premises at least fourteen days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting.
Election of Committee by ballot 33. If the number of candidates for election is greater than the number of vacancies to be filled then there shall be a ballot.
No contest for election 34. If the number of candidates for election is equal to or less than the number of vacancies to be filled then all candidates shall be deemed to be elected if two thirds of those present at the Annual General Meeting, and entitled to vote, vote in favour of such election.
35. In the event of the ballot failing to determine the members of the Committee because of an equality of votes the candidate or candidates to be elected from those having an equal number of votes shall be determined by lot.
Casual vacancy 36. If, for any reason, a casual vacancy shall occur, the Committee may co-opt a Full or Family member to fill such a vacancy until the next following Annual General Meeting.
Retiring Commodore ex officio 37. A retiring Commodore shall serve as an ex officio member of the Committee in the year immediately following his retirement.
Committee Meetings 38. The Committee shall meet at least every two months making such arrangements as the conduct, place of assembly and holding of such meetings as it may wish. The Commodore or in his absence a Chairman elected by those present shall preside.
Voting at Committee 39. Voting (except in the case of a resolution relating to the expulsion of a member) shall be by show of hands. In the case of equality of votes the Commodore or Chairman (as the case may be) shall have a second and casting vote.
Quorum 40. Five members personally present shall form a quorum at a meeting of the Committee.
   

Powers of the Committee

 Management of Club by Committee *41. The Committee shall manage the affairs of the Club according to the Rules and shall cause the funds of the Club to be applied solely to the objects of the Club or for a benevolent or charitable purpose nominated by General Meeting. [(a)In particular the Committee shall ensure that the property and funds of the Club will not be used for the direct or indirect private benefit of members other than as reasonably allowed by the rules and that all surplus income or profits are re-invested in the Club.]
Powers to make Byelaws and Regulations 42. The Committee shall make such Byelaws and Regulations as it shall from time to time think fit and shall cause the same to be exhibited in the Club premises for fourteen days before the date of implementation. Such Byelaws and Regulations shall remain in force until approved or set aside by a vote of a General Meeting of the Club.
Appointment of sub-committees 43. The Committee may appoint such sub-committees as it may deem necessary and may delegate such of its powers as it may think fit upon such terms and conditions as shall be deemed expedient and/or required by the law. Such sub-committees shall consist of such members of the Committee or of the Club as the Committees may think fit. Officers of the Club shall be ex officio members of all such sub-committees.
Disclosure of interest to third parties 44. A member of the Committee, of a sub-committee or any officer of the Club, in transacting business for the Club, shall disclose to third parties that he is so acting.
Limitation of Committee's authority 45. The Committee, or any person or sub-committee delegated by the Committee to act as agent for the Club or its members, shall enter into contracts only as far as expressly authorised, or authorised by implication, by the members. No one shall, without the express authority of the membership in General Meeting, borrow money or incur debts on behalf of the Club or its membership.
Members’ indemnification of Committee 46. (a) In pursuance of the authority vested in the Committee by members of the Club, members of the Committee are entitled to be indemnified by the members of the Club against any liabilities properly incurred by them or any one of them on behalf of the Club wherever the contract is of a duly authorised nature or could be assumed to be of a duly authorised nature and entered into on behalf of the Club. The limit of any individual member's indemnity in this respect shall be a sum equal to one year's subscription at the then current rate of that category of membership unless the Committee has been authorised to exceed such limit by a General Meeting of the Club..
Contractual Liability 46. (b) The Committee shall endeavour to ensure that the following clause is incorporated in every contract, lease, licence or other agreement entered into by the Committee and/or Trustees of the Club, as appropriate. “The liability of the [Committee/Trustees] for the performance of any contractual or other obligation undertaken by them on behalf of the Club shall be limited to the assets of the Club.”
Nomination of Honorary Members by Committee 47. The Committee may nominate for election at an Annual General Meeting such Honorary Members as the Committee may think fit. The total of such Honorary members shall not, however, at any time, exceed 5 per cent of the total number of members. The election of Honorary Members shall be put to the vote at the Annual General Meeting each year and such Honorary Members shall be duly elected if two thirds of those present, and entitled to vote, vote in favour of election.
   

Purchase and supply of excisable goods

 Purchase & Supply of Excisable Goods *48. The purchase for the Club of excisable goods and the supply of the same upon Club premises shall be exclusively and solely under the control of the Committee, or of a special sub-committee appointed by the Committee. Intoxicating liquor may only be sold for consumption on the Club premises to persons over the age of eighteen who are entitled to the use of the Club premises in pursuance of the Rules, Byelaws and Regulations for the time being in force. No Junior Member under the age of eighteen may purchase or attempt to purchase intoxicating liquor within the Club premises nor may a Junior Member under the legal age purchase or attempt to purchase tobacco or cigarettes within the Club premises.
Hours of Sale of Excisable Goods *49. The Committee shall cause the Club bar to be opened (subject to terms of the Club premises certificate) at convenient times (and such times shall be prominently exhibited in the Club premises) for the sale of excisable goods to persons who are entitled to the use of the premises of the Club in pursuance of these rules (except Junior Members as aforesaid) PROVIDED THAT visitors' names and addresses and the name of their introducer shall have been entered in the Visitor's Book upon entry to Club premises.
Profits from Sale of Excisable Goods *50. No person shall take a commission, percentage or other such payment in connection with the purchase of excisable goods for the Club. Any profit deriving from the supply of such goods shall (after deduction of the costs of providing such goods for the benefit of the Club) be applied to the provision of additional amenities or the purchase of property to be held in trust for the benefit of the Club.
Accounts relating to excisable goods *51. Proper accounts of all purchases and receipts shall be kept and presented at the Annual General Meeting in each year and such information as the Honorary Secretary or Honorary Auditors may require shall be furnished to enable any statutory return or statement and the payment of excise or other duty or tax to be made.

SECTION 5 - TRUSTEES

Number of & terms of reference 52. There shall be at least three Trustees of the Club who shall be appointed from time to time as necessary by the Committee of the Club from among Full, Family or Honorary Members who are willing to be so appointed. A Trustee shall hold office for a maximum term of [ten] years, or until he shall resign by notice in writing given to the Committee or until a resolution removing him from office shall be passed at a meeting of the Committee by a majority comprising two-thirds of the members present and entitled to vote.
Property of Club vested in Trustees 53. All the property of the Club, including land and investments, shall be held by the Trustees for the time being, in their own names so far as it is necessary and practicable, on trust for the use and benefit of the Club. In the event of the death, resignation, or removal from office of a Trustee, the Committee shall nominate a new Trustee in his place, and shall as soon as possible thereafter take all lawful and practicable steps to procure the vesting of all Club property into the names of the Trustees as constituted after such nomination. For the purpose of giving effect to any such nomination, the Honorary Secretary for the time being is hereby nominated as the person to appoint new Trustees of the Club within the meaning of Section 36 of the Trustee Act 1925 and he shall by Deed duly appoint the person or persons so nominated by the Committee.
Powers of Trustees 54. The Trustees shall in all respects act, in regard to any property of the Club held by them, in accordance with the directions of the Committee and shall have power to sell, lease, mortgage or pledge any Club property so held for the purpose of raising or borrowing money for the benefit of the Club in compliance with the Committee's directions (which shall be duly recorded in the Minutes of the proceedings of the Committee) but no purchaser, lessee or mortgagee shall be concerned to enquire whether any such direction has been given.
Indemnity of Trustees from Club 55. The Trustees shall be effectually indemnified by the members of the Club out of the assets of the Club from and against any liability, costs, expenses and payments whatsoever which may be properly incurred or made by them in the exercise of their duties or relation to any property of the Club vested in them, or in relation to any legal proceedings, or which otherwise relate directly or indirectly to the performance of the functions of a Trustee of the Club.

SECTION 6 - MEETINGS OF THE CLUB

Annual General Meeting 56. An Annual General Meeting of the Club shall be held each year in the month of December on a date to be fixed by the Committee. The Honorary Secretary shall at least fourteen days before the date of such meeting post or deliver to each member notice hereof and of the business to be brought forward thereat.
Business at Annual General Meeting 57. No business, except the passing of the Accounts and the election of the Officers, Committee, Trustees and Honorary Auditors, and any business that the Committee may order to be inserted in the notice convening the meeting shall be discussed at such meeting unless notice thereof be given in writing by a member entitled to vote to the Honorary Secretary at least forty two days before the date of the Annual General Meeting.
Special General Meeting 58. The Committee may at any time, upon giving twenty one days notice in writing, call a Special General Meeting of the Club for any special business, the nature of which shall be stated in the summons convening the meeting, and the discussion at such meeting shall be confined to the business stated in the notice sent to members.
Special General Meeting upon request of members 59. The Committee shall call a Special General Meeting upon a written request addressed to the Honorary Secretary by at least [ ] members. The Committee shall give twenty one days notice in writing of any such Special General Meeting. The discussion at such meeting shall be confined to the business stated in the notice sent to members.
Chairman at Meetings 60. At every meeting of the Club the President, the Commodore, the Vice Commodore, the Rear Commodore  or, in their absence, a Chairman elected by those present shall preside.
Quorum at Meetings 61. Fifteen members entitled to vote and personally present shall form a quorum at any meeting of the Club.
Entitlement to vote at Meetings 62. Only Full and Family members shall vote at any meeting of the Club. Other members may attend but are not entitled to vote.
Voting at Meetings 63. Voting, except upon the election of members of the Committee, shall be by show of hands.
Equality of Votes 64. In the case of an equality of votes the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote, on any matter other than the election of members of the Committee.
Voting on Rule Change 65. On any resolution properly put to a meeting of the Club relating to the creation, repeal or amendment of any Rule, Byelaw or Regulation of the Club such Rule, Byelaw or Regulation shall not be created, repealed or amended except by a majority vote of at least two-thirds of those present and entitled to vote.
(a) Provided that no such change shall jeopardise the Club’s status as a Community Amateur Sports Club within the meaning of the Finance Acts, or in any event alter its objects or winding-up provisions.

SECTION 7 - DISSOLUTION OF THE CLUB

Dissolution of the Club 66. (a) If, upon the winding up or dissolution of the Club, there remains after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities any property whatsoever, the same shall not be paid to or distributed amongst the members of the Club. The Committee shall dispose of the net assets remaining to one or more of the following:
(i) to another Club with similar sports purposes which is a charity and/or
(ii) to another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered CASC and / or
(iii) to the sport’s national governing body for use by them for related community sports.

SECTION 8 – BYELAWS

Rights and privileges of members 67. The present rights and privileges of each category of membership shall be as follows:-

A FULL MEMBER shall have the full use of all the Club facilities.

A FAMILY MEMBER, his/her co-habitee (if any) and all the children within their guardianship under the age of eighteen shall have the full use of all the Club facilities subject only to Rule 48.

AN HONORARY MEMBER shall have the full use of all the Club facilities.

A SOCIAL MEMBER shall have the full use of the Club-house facilities.

A TEMPORARY MEMBER (which expression may include members of another RYA recognised Club or organisation) shall have the full use of the Club facilities but:-
(a) Shall have no right to enter Club races or regattas unless specifically authorised by the Honorary Secretary or Committee.
(b) Shall have no right to introduce visitors to the Club or the facilities thereof.
(c) Shall have no right to take any part in the management of the Club.
(d) Is deemed to have notice of and impliedly undertakes to comply with the Club rules, current Byelaws and Regulations as if he or she were a member of the Club and so far as the said Rules, Byelaws and Regulations may be deemed to apply to such Temporary Member.
(e) Shall be liable to be expelled from the Club premises or to be prohibited from using the Club facilities if, in the opinion of the Honorary Secretary, he or she shall not have reasonably complied with the above conditions.

AN AFFILIATE MEMBER shall have use of the club facilities as described in the requisite Memorandum of Understanding.

Control of dogs 68. Dogs shall be permitted on Club premises and shall be kept under control at all times. Any complaints from a member or members concerning a dog’s behaviour shall be addressed to an Officer who may, if the behaviour is not bought under control, require the owner to remove the dog from the premises.
Control of car parking 69. Cars may only be parked in areas designated for such parking so as not to cause an obstruction to other cars or to the approaches to the Club premises.
Opening of Club premises 70. The Club premises shall be open to members at such times as the Committee shall direct. The present hours of opening are as follows: Wednesday 20:30 23:00 and Sundays 09:30-16:00
71. The permitted hours for the supply of intoxicating liquor are as follows:- Monday – Thursday 10:00-23:00, Fridays and Saturdays 10:00-02:00, Sundays 12:00-22:30, Good Friday 12:00-22:30 and Christmas Day 12:00-15:00 19:0022:30 and the bar will be open at these hours or at such other hours as may be decided by the Committee subject to any restrictions imposed from time to time by the Licensing Authority.
Abandoned Boats and/or Trailers 72. If, at any time, any fees payable to the Club by any member or former member (whether by way of arrears of subscription or facilities fees, dinghy park fees or otherwise) shall be one month or more in arrears and a boat and/or trailer the property of a member or former member remains upon the Club premises then the member or former member shall remove the boat and/or trailer from the Club immediately. If the member or former member fails to remove the boat and/or trailer then the Committee may:-
(a) Move the boat and/or trailer to any part of the Club premises without being liable for any loss or damage to the vessel howsoever caused.
(b) Give three months’ notice in writing by registered post to the member or former member at his last known address as shown in the Club Register and thereafter sell the boat and/or trailer and deduct any monies due to the Club from the net proceeds of sale before accounting for the balance (if any) to the member or former member.
(c) Alternatively, if the boat and/or trailer is unsaleable, after giving notice in writing as aforesaid, dispose of the boat and/or trailer in any manner the Committee may think fit and deem the cost of doing and any arrears as aforesaid to be a debt owing to the Club by the member or former member.
(d) the Club reserves the right to charge storage for the boat and/or trailer until such time as the owner collects the boat and/or trailer or until notice has been served under clause (b) above.

PROVIDED ALWAYS THAT:-

Proper evidence is available to show that all reasonable steps have been taken to trace a member or former member and that when and if the boat and/or trailer is sold the proceeds of sale (unless any indebtedness by the member or former member to the Club) shall be placed upon bank deposit account and retained against the eventuality of a claim by the owner (whether he be the said member or former member or otherwise) for a period of six years.
Lien 73. In addition to Rule 72 the Club shall at all times have a lien over members' or former members' boats and/or trailers parked on the Club's premises in respect of all monies due to the Club, whether in respect of arrears of facilities fees or subscriptions or otherwise and shall be entitled to retain possession of the boat and/or trailer until such time as all monies due to the Club have been paid in full.

SECTION 9 - Club Regulations

Administration and subscription.   Subscriptions and  Fees must be paid in accordance with Section 3  In addition  to Section 3 pp 17 boat owners rejoining after Februay 28th will be liable to an adminstration fee equal to the joining fee  subject to committee approval.
    Unwaged membership is defined as a member receiving means tested state benefit. Proof of entitlement will be required.
Security   All doors controlled by key cards are to be closed on exit/entry. Under no circumstances should these doors be propped open. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary measures including expulsion from the club.
 Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults  

 All members of the Club agree to follow the good practice guidelines and agree to abide by the Code of Conduct as set out in the policy and procedures for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, which is available on the Club’s website here.

    A member may not remove or borrow equipment  from other members craft, lockers or sail and spar storage areas except where given prior permission by the owner or the committee in the case of club housekeeping.
All equipment and facilities belonging to the  club and other members will be treated with respect and care. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary measures including expulsion from the club.
    Members will store equipment in an oderly manner in the lockers and storage areas as directed. All equipment is left at the owners risk.
    Key holders to the club house will be Committee members or those sanctioned by the committee. Outdside of these criteria keys will be returned to the memberhsip secretary.
    Bicycles are not permitted inside the club premises or against the red railings.
Beach   Boat spaces are allocated by the Beach Master subject to availabilty. Unauthorized boats will be subject to rule 72. Criteria considered in the allocation of spaces include length of membership, level of participation in club events and weight of boat.

All boats must be chained to a hauser, the racking or other imovable object. All catamarans, and such other craft as the Committee direct, must remove their masts immediately after the last race of the season at the latest. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary measures including expulsion from from the club.

    A boat trailer is only permitted on the beach in an agreed boat space (see above). Unauthorized trailers will be subject to rule 72.
   
  Sailing   All club racing is conducted under ISAF rules.
    The club will accept sailing dinghys and catamarans
    All boats must participate in at least one race per year.
    All full members will perform duties as prescribed by the committee. Typically this is 2 race duties, 2 bar duties and 2 maintanence duties per year.
  Guests brought to the club are limited to 3 visits. Then they are expected to apply for membership
    Sailors should keep personal belongings and gear in an orderly way. All belongings are left at owner’s risk
    In good seamanlike manner all sailors are expected to assist in the launch and retrieval of the safety boat and assist each other on and off the water.
Revised May 2016