Notice to members – Strong Winds Wednesday 13 September

A strong cold front is forecast to generate strong frontal winds on Wednesday 13th September. The Bureau of Meteorology has not yet issued any wind warnings however a strong wind warning is likely, and a gale warning is possible, with the potential for damaging winds (more than 40 knots) and abnormally high swells, seas, and tides. Bureau of Meteorology warnings available HERE

We ask all members to check their boats for preparedness. See extract from our Emergency Procedures below for recommended actions. Please utilize the fine weather today and tomorrow to come down to the club and ensure your boat is ready. Now is the time to take action to prevent damage.

Reduce Windage:
Check and ensure all sails (including furled jibs), mainsails, sail covers, biminis, dodgers and other canvas are secure. For small storms, you can wrap sails with line to help secure them. If you are going away for an extended period remove jib from furling system.
Check life rafts/tenders and other objects that can catch wind are secure.
Flags should be lowered and stowed.
Halyards should be pulled away from the mast and snugged securely.

Dock Lines:
Check for chafe and wear on mooring weights and lines and replace or double up mooring lines if necessary.

Boat Systems:
Check batteries for charge and charge if needed. Electricity to docks may be lost or turned off if the storm surge is over the docks. Best not to leave perishables in the fridge/freezer.
Bilge pumps should be on automatic.
Close the fuel and all overboard sea cocks.

Ports, windows, and hatches should be securely closed in watertight conditions.
Remove all loose gear from decks.

Please advise the Harbour Office if you are unable to check your boat. Please also report any unsecured objects or other hazards you may see to the Harbour Office.