23 June 2017

Hi Everyone,

Included in this email are three items:
•    Some information on Health & Safety for TYPBC
•    Details of BoPSAT on TV on Sunday
•    Reminder to join us at TYPBC to watch the Americas Cup

Health and Safety at the Club
 We have all heard about Health and Safety at work and in the media. Many people believe it’s just a lot of paperwork, and the odd accident never hurt anyone. While it does create paperwork (doesn’t everything), it’s not about the odd accident, it’s about eliminating risks and hazards that cause life changing injuries or deaths. The Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club employs staff, which means the club has to meet all the legal requirements and responsibilities of the Health and Safety Act 2015. This means the club have the primary responsibility for the health and safety of everyone influenced by it’s activities; not just their workers. This includes the members, sailing school students, guests, and the general public who may be effected by our activities. The club must do what’s reasonable to ensure the health and safety of workers, members, customers and others at the club. We need to consider how others, for example visitors, customers, children and young people, or the general public could be put at risk by the activities of the club. The club and it’s members and staff should then take action to eliminate, or where they can’t be eliminated, minimise those risks. The most important parts of Health and Safety are • Communication – Tell everyone involved what’s happening, and of any known risks, • Clear policies, guidelines and procedures, • Training - Ensure people involved know what to do, and when to do it. It is the responsibility of all members, not just the committee members to identify and eliminate those risks or hazards that would get the club on featuring on the TV News if something bad happened. This starts with doing the simple things well, including - • Ensuring your vessel is in good working order, is seaworthy, and is suitable for the conditions (forecast) you will be sailing in. • You have the necessary skills and knowledge onboard to sail in the conditions forecasted, and you can self rescue (recover from a capsize)  if needed. • You have the correct working safety equipment for you and your guests, and you know how to use it. - lifejackets (that fit), VHF, flares, bailer, etc. • Have a safety briefing with your crew and guests, showing them where the safety gear is and what to do in a situation/emergency. - think airline safety message. The club is doing a lot of good things at the moment including the pre race briefings, and shipping warnings via the VHF, but Health and Safety is a moving target, and we need to continuously look at what we are doing, how we are doing it, and where can we improve. Therefore Lynne will be working through the various areas and activities of the club to ensure we are doing the best we can. Finally, if you notice any hazards or dangerous situations, please report it immediately to the race officer/tower or to Lynne, the Club Manager, so something can be done.

Phil Scherer


This week following a tipoff from Heather Burling in Bermuda, we had Newshub in town to do a story on the sponsored sailing programme run by BoPSAT.  They filmed at Merivale School and the Sailing Centre and we understand that the story will air on the ‘Super Sport Sunday’ segment of the six o’clock news between 6.30 and 7pm this Sunday night.  For those members who only watch One News, that’s TV3!

BoPSAT are keen to expand the sponsored sailing programmes and are looking for sponsors, endowment fund donors, and enthusiastic volunteer instructors – we will pay for you to get your YNZ qualification.  Contact Stu on 574 1169.

Americas Cup
Come and watch the Americas Cup live at TYPBC on Sunday and Monday at 5am. Free coffee and tea, coffee cart outside. Donation towards cost of Sky and Junior Sailing.