RYC Bye-Laws

These Bye-laws are issued by the Committee in terms of the Constitution in order to facilitate the smooth operation of the Club facilities to the overall benefit of the members. They will also assist new members to become aware of the conventions, which have arisen over the course of time. They are subject to change from time to time by order of the Committee and such changes will be posted on the notice board. Updated Bye-laws will be circulated to members annually.

1. General Obligations

1.1 All members assist in the maintenance of the Club premises through work parties etc.
1.2 All sailing members will act as duty officers from time to time during the sailing season.
1.3 All sailing families assist with the serving of tea and the provision of refreshments from time to time during the sailing season.
1.4 Visitors may be introduced to the Club for a period not exceeding six weeks, after which they shall be expected to apply for membership.
1.5 Sailing visitors must be introduced to the Sailing Committee and will be expected to pay a race fee of
R 5.00 per race.

2. Operation of the Clubhouse

2.1 The kitchen is out of bounds to all members other than ladies on tea duty and Committee members.
2.2 The bridge is out of bounds during race periods to all members except the bridge crews and Committee members.
2.3 All sailing members are entitled to a key to the main boat sheds (for access to the hose pipes). Only Committee members and those with special duties shall have keys to the main Clubhouse.
2.4 Subject to the approval of the Committee, the Clubhouse may be hired for functions at the rate set out in the Schedule of Fees. The Hirer is responsible for all damage and breakage’s and for cleaning up after the function. He is also responsible for locking up and the correct setting of the burglar alarm.
2.5 The upstairs Committee / Lounge area is out of bounds to all wet sailors and swimmers. No dogs are allowed in this area

3. Operation of the Boatsheds

Boatsheds are allocated only to regular sailing members as they become available upon written application to the Secretary. The following conditions of occupation apply :
3.1 The Redhouse Yacht Club accepts no responsibility for damage to or loss of boats or equipment stored in the Club boatsheds as a result of floods, theft or any other cause. Members’ boats etc are not covered by Club Insurance.
3.2 Boats may only be parked in the bay you are allocated.
3.3 Individual sheds : Each occupant must ensure that his boatshed doors are left locked, as the security of these sheds is dependant on all doors being kept locked. Only approved padlocks may be used.
3.4 As there is a great risk of damage to the doors and hinges from being blown by the wind, occupants must always hook their doors open when taking their boats in and out and then close the doors. Doors must not be left standing open while sailing.
3.5 Each occupant shall be responsible for keeping his bay in a good state of repair, especially the doors. Maintenance that the Committee deems necessary for the boatshed structure will be recovered by means of a maintenance levy.
3.6 Alterations by a member to any bay may only be made with the approval of the Committee.
3.7 It is the responsibility of members to ensure that hose pipes are not left outside after sailing.
3.8 Any member selling his boat will not be allowed to sub-let his space. This will be done by the Club Committee.
3.9 Boatsheds are intended for members who sail regularly. If the Committee considers that a member is not making proper use of his boatshed space, or is only using it as a storage space, they may re-allocate his boatshed space in favour of an active member on the waiting list.
3.10 A rental fee will be levied in advance for the use of a boatshed space. Renewal rental fees shall be paid out not later than the date of the official opening of the season.

4. Club Equipment

4.1 Any person wishing to use Club boats may only do so with the express permission of the Chairman of Junior Sailing or the Commodore.
4.2 Any person using one of the Club’s boats is solely responsible for repair or replacement of any loss or damage.
4.3 The Club’s boats may only be used under adult supervision and at the borrower’s sole risk.
4.4 The Club’s rescue boats and outboard motors may only be operated by a Committee member or person on duty authorized by the Committee.
4.5 Any person operating, travelling on or accepting assistance from a rescue boat does so at their own risk.
4.6 Members using any club equipment are responsible for its proper and orderly replacement into its correct storage place.

5. Club Grounds

5.1 Parking of motorcars is only allowed in designated areas.
5.2 All motorcars brought into the grounds for the purpose of loading and off-loading shall immediately afterwards be removed to a designated parking area.
5.3 Camping and caravan parking is allowed in the club grounds subject to prior arrangement with the Committee at the rate set out in the Schedule of Fees.
5.4 Campers are allowed to use the men’s change rooms but are not allowed to use the Clubhouse, except at regattas. Campers may use the braai places at any time.
5.5 Boats may be parked in the Club grounds by prior arrangement with the Chairman of House & Grounds.

6. Multi-Tired Optimist Trailer

Space on this trailer may be hired for the transport of any Optimist to an official away regatta. Boat owners are responsible for the securing of boats which are transported at the sole risk of the said owner. Hire rates shall be as set out in the Schedule of Fees.

7. Liability

All persons using the facilities of the Club and all competitors who sail do so entirely at their own risk. The Redhouse Yacht
Club and the persons concerned in the running of any race or events on this program or otherwise are hereby expressly excluded from any liability whatsoever for damage to property or personal injury sustained during racing or at any other time.

8. Discipline

If, in the opinion of the Disciplinary Committee, a Member has committed a wilful breach of rules or any Clause of any Agreement into which the Commodore has entered with any local or Government Authority, or Third party, on the Club’s behalf, or is guilty of any conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Club, whether within or outside the Club precincts, the Committee may, at it’s discretion:
• expel such Member, or,
• call upon such Member to resign and if he / she fails to resign, expel such Member, or,
• deprive such Member of the rights and privileges of membership for any time or period.
No disciplinary action shall be taken before the Member shall have been given an opportunity to appear before the Disciplinary Committee to explain his / her conduct. The decision of the Disciplinary Committee in each case shall be subject to appeal by the Member concerned to the Club Committee. The penalty imposed would be subject to ratification by a two-thirds majority of the Club Committee.