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Standard Operating procedures

 

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES     Amended 7/13/2017

PURPOSE:

SOPs will be used as inter-club communications by the Executive Board to keep members informed of the specific duties and rules of the Club. SOPs will not override the Club Constitution or By-Laws but may be changed at any time by the Executive Board.

  1. SAFETY
  2. BOATING GUIDELINES
  3. RACING GUIDELINES
  4. AWARDS AT FRUITLAND PARK VETERANS PARK RACES:
  5. CLUB COMMUNICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIP DUES:
  6. MEETINGS.
  1. SAFETY

1.1 The Site Safety Director will be identified by wearing a visible safety vest. He will ensure both NAMBA and local safety rules are complied with.

1.2 Crowd control will be used by keeping nonmembers a safe distance from the course. At Lake Mira Mar, the line is between the oak tree and PVC marker near the bridge. At Fruitland Park, the safety line will be behind the marked path running parallel with the lake.

1.3 Drivers will operate their boats from the designated Driver’s Box. Maximum of four drivers at Lake Mira Mar. Fruitland Park Driver’s Box will be designated by the Race Director.

1.4 Never swim out to retrieve a boat.

1.5 When aboard the rescue boat, never wear boots and always wear a PFD.

1.6 There will be no drugs or alcohol allowed at any meeting or event.

 

  1. BOATING GUIDELINES.

2.1 Test & tune days at Lake Mira Mar are on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 to 11am, except the second Thursday of the month 9 to 11am will be the monthly Club meeting and training at the Dunkin Donuts meeting room on 441/27.

2.2 Racing will begin at Fruitland Park Veterans Park are 0900 , 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month.

2.3 The Site Safety Director has full authority at each location to ensure the safety of all drivers and spectators.

2.4 While a rescue operation is in motion, all boats will cease running.

2.5 Normally, only four boats will be allowed on Lake Mira Mar at any time.

2.6 During test & tune, when a boat is disabled, all fast boats will cease operation.  Scale boats may operate with caution -THIS MEANS EVERYBODY!

2.7 Under the following conditions; a club member may use the club’s 12 foot Jon Boat, equipment, and hand trailer. The boat, hand trailer, oars and two life jackets are secured behind the city fence at Fruitland Park Veterans Park. The president and vice president of the club are point men and control of the boat and equipment.

  1. A minimum of two club members must be present.
  2. One person must be on shore with a telephone.
  3. The member in the boat will wear a PFD and be physically able.
  4. The boat and all equipment will be returned and secured.
  1. RACING GUIDELINES.

3.1 The city of Fruitland Park requires liability insurance. Consequently, all racers using the lake at Fruitland Park must be a member of NAMBA. NAMBA membership cards may be inspected periodically.

3.2. The Racing Director has full authority to ensure racing is fair, organized and fun!

3.2 Racers will operate clockwise and observe the lane rules. All races will start after all participants round the offshore buoy. There will be a 1 lap penalty for failure to rpound the offshore buoy.

3.3 Racers need to demonstrate acceptable driving experience before racing at Fruitland Park with other racers. Acceptance will be determined by the Race Director. Recommend single boat operation for beginners and then practice with senior Club members.

3.4 The Racing Director will combine or separate classes of boats as deemed necessary for safe and fair competition.

3.5 Each Saturday, Fees for racing will normally be $5.00 per racer or as directed by the Race Director and Treasurer.

 

  1. AWARDS AT FRUITLAND PARK VETERANS PARK RACES:

Rules of conduct will be as described by NAMBA in the official rule book.

Each week end, ribbons will be awarded in each class for 1st place.

Point values for each heat race are as described by NAMBA.

Point values for the most points accumulated from the heat races will be; 3 points for 1st place 2 points for 2nd place and 1 point for 3rd place.

In a case of a tie, 1st and second place points will be evenly split between the drivers. This applies to all classes.

There will be  sessions per year:

January thru June.

July thru December.

 

The racer with the most points in each class will receive an award to be determined at a later date.

 

  1. CLUB COMMUNICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIP DUES:

5.1 Annual dues may be collected in November for the following year. Membership dues will be $10 for the year beginning Jan 1st.  Nonpaying members will be dropped from the rolls January 31st.

5.2 Scale boat members have the option to pay $10 and  are encouraged to do so.

5.3 DELETED.

5.4 The Club web site will keep the Club SOPs, membership list and other information up to date.

5.5 Because emails and the web site are the Club’s primary method of communications, any member who does not use email or the web site will be responsible to have a buddy to keep him informed. Any member who desires NOT to receive information through these channels must notify the President and the name will be removed.

 

  1. MEETINGS.

6.1 Test & Tune days at Lake Mira Mar are on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 to 11 am, except the second Thursday 9 to 11am will be the monthly Club meeting and training at the Dunkin Donuts Meeting room on 441/27, North of the Villages Hospital.

6.2 Fruitland Park Veterans Park Lake, 1st and 3rd Saturday 0900-1200

 

6.6 Training classes second Tuesday of the month 1000-1150 at a location to be determined.