Team Rules

TAMUG Sailors for Life

Inshore Sailing Operating Procedures

Offatts Bayou Safety:

1. When sailing out for practice in the Bayou, always use the “buddy system” i.e., a minimum of two sailboats together).
2. Wear a lifejacket on the water.
3. Complete the swim test (more rigorous than that required by the PE classes or the National governing body) and waiver prior to sailing.
4. Use the Team’s boats only during organized team events; they are not for general recreation.
5. Check the weather prior to sailing (wind speed, water and air temperatures, forecast). Suitability of sailing conditions is based on the weather and sailor skill. Wetsuits, dry suits and “spray gear” are encouraged as conditions warrant.  For example, a wet suit is recommended when the combined air/water temperatures are below 120F, and a dry suit is recommended when the combined temperatures are below 100F.
6. The maximum wind speed during which sailing practice can be exercised is predicated on the sailors’ skill levels. Various options are available as the wind speed increases to “tame” the sailboats and maintain a safe learning environment. These include using storm jib and/or mainsail, sailing close under the weather shore, boat selection (i.e., Laser, FJ, 420), and skipper/crew assignments based on experience.  Under some circumstances of limited experience, consideration is given to keeping some sailors ashore and limiting those who sail. On-the-water activities will be suspended when wind conditions exceed 34 knots (formerly “Small Craft Warning”) in Offatts Bayou.
7. Sailing should be suspended if there is visible/audible lightning/thunder in the area.
8. Before sailing, check the status board and inspect the boat (e.g., standing rigging, plugs, ring-dings, halyards).
9. Launch and rig the coach boat with gas tank, anchor and marks prior to sailing. Safety equipment should include paddle, tow line, throw cushion, first aid kit, and phone or marine radio.
10.In the absence of the Coach, have a senior person in charge, designated by the Coach.
11.Identify health concerns to the Coach. Report injuries or boat damage to the Coach.
12.Each member of the sailing team should complete the “Skills Check list” during the first semester on the Team.

Swim Test: (required for all members of the Sailing Team and for participants in KINE 199 Competitive Dinghy Sailing before first time sailing)

1. Tread water for 10 minutes with sailing shoes on
2. Swim 100 yards any stroke

Senior Person:

1. In the absence of the coach (whether at practice or for a regatta), a senior person in charge will be designated by the coach. Call the coach when equipment is safely stowed after practice. During away regattas, call the coach when departing and arriving at the site, and with racing results.
2. The “senior person” should ensure, prior to attending a sailing regatta, that one “Pre-Event Planning Form” is completed and that each participant completes an “Assumption of Risk”, and submits this documentation to the Student Life Office.  An “After Event” report is completed on return to campus.
3. The senior person on travel is responsible for the safety and behavior of the sailors from departure to return. Special responsibility lies in ensuring “safety at sea” and that the sailors under supervision can handle the existing conditions; keep people ashore if necessary.
4. Requisite training to qualify as senior person includes “officer training” thru Student Life Office and completion of the training record booklet. These are the minimum requirements for earning a “varsity letter.”

Disciplinary Actions

Infractions that might have broken a university rule should be handled by the Office of Student Life. All other infractions that do not break a university rule but rather simply compromises a team rule should be handled within the team. The procedure for this type of infraction should be to hold a hearing similar in format to those held by Student Life. The team captains shall conduct said hearings  and determine punishments in conjunction with the team coach and advisor. The punishment from said hearings will range from running a lap around the Teichman Campus after practice for minor infractions to a year or more suspension from the team for the most extreme infractions.

Team Travel:

1. The “senior person” should ensure, prior to attending a sailing regatta, that one “Pre-Event Planning Form” is completed and that each participant completes an  “Assumption of Risk Form”, and submits this documentation to the Student Life Office. An “After Event” report is completed on return to campus.
2. For “long distance trips” (e.g., to Mississippi, Kansas, Florida, etc.), it is recommended that drivers have one alert passenger in the front seat and rotate to a new driver every four hours.
3. Whenever travel situations permit, the team will travel and lodge together.
4. The Senior person designated by the coach will coordinate logistics

Physical Fitness:

All members of the Sailing Team (including KINE 199 participants) should participate in the Physical Fitness Tests during the semester. Any student who cannot participate due to health reasons should discuss the matter with the Coach or Advisor and inform the Student Services Office.

1. Box Hops: Continue for 80 seconds.
2. Pull ups/Inverted row: No time limit.
3. Push Ups: Repeat for 80 seconds.
4. Crunches: Repeat for 80 seconds.
5. Planks: Time determines grade.
6. Wall Sits: Time determines grade.
7. Sit and Reach.


1. All members of the Sailing Team will complete the Sailing Team Waiver, particular to sailing activities, and will submit it to the Coach.
2. Visiting organizations (e.g., Boy Scouts, high school teams) will complete the Visitor Waiver and submit it to the Coach.
3. During Home Regattas when TAMUG uses the Galveston Boat Club (GBC), all participants will complete a GBC waiver and submit it to the Coach.

Boat Maintenance:

1. Boat discrepancies should be reported on the “Status Board” located in the Tool Shed.
2. General maintenance, cleaning and minor repairs (washing, waxing, sewing, taping, installation of replacement parts) will be performed by the members of the Sailing Team. Major repairs (e.g. fiberglass work following hull punctures) will be performed by a local contractor.
3. Periodic maintenance days will be scheduled to repair boats as the conditions warrant.
4. Complete boat overhauls (masts down, clean, wax, inspection, part replacement) are conducted once each season when boats are taken in/out of storage.

Hurricane Preparation:

With adequate notification the following should be completed:

1. Move sailboats to Pelican Island warehouse and sails/rudders inside Bennison.
2. Board up Bennison windows and turn off power.
3. Move motorboat behind shed, secured to pole or foundation.