Sail Away Program Description
The goal of the program is to grow sailing in the King Harbor community by providing adult sailing instruction and access to low-cost boat charters. The King Harbor Youth Foundation (KHYF) owns a set of small keelboats for supporting this program. KHYF is committed to furthering the sport of sailing and enhancing the safety of all boating activities in our local waters.
The program goals include:
- Increased sailing opportunities for sailors of all ages and skill levels
- Providing easy, inexpensive access to sailing
- Improving sailing and racing skills
- Creating opportunities for quality time on the water with friends and family
This is the basic “User’s Guide” to the KHYF Sail Away program boats and describes rules and responsibilities for using the boats. It provides information for boat familiarization and processes for signing out boats and safety guidelines for using the boats.
The program boats include a Cal 20 and Martin 242s, shown above, which are both popular and fun one-design racers as well as stable and forgiving day sailors. The beauty of the Cal 20 and Martin 242 is their simplicity. The Cal 20 offers something for every sailor, from the landlubber beginner to the seasoned salt. The Martin 242 offers a more challenging sailing experience with greater sailing performance.
Requirements for Charterer
Before taking a boat off the dock, every charterer must:For insurance reasons, be a member, immediate family of a member, or a bona fide guest of King Harbor Yacht Club. Submit a signed Sail Away Agreement Form that incorporates a Waiver of Liability and Damage Responsibility to KHYF. Be an officially “Qualified Individual” with the Cal 20 or Martin 242. This qualification is accomplished by contacting the KHYF Sailing Director and scheduling a qualification checkout. Passing classes done with Blue Pacific Yachting also makes you a Qualified Individual. During the checkout the charterer will be evaluated for sailing and boat operation skills and will be instructed on the use of the boats and safety. Requirements for becoming a Qualified Individual are described below. We need your help to run the KHYC/KHYF Sail Away Program. On the last page of the participant form we are asking every participant to identify volunteer interests. Please sign up if you have an area of interest, and you will be contacted.
- Sail Away Program charterers may bring guests to sail with them as long as the charterer is onboard. Note the charterer is subject to KHYC Policy Rules with regard to non-member guests.
- The Sail Away Program charterer need not steer the boat at all times but the Sail Away Program charterer onboard takes full responsibility for the safe and careful operation of the boat and its equipment.
- The Sail Away Program charterer will skipper the boat off and back onto the dock.
- Children under 12 years of age must wear a proper fitting Personal Flotation Device (PFD) at all times while on the boats and on the docks.
Insurance Policy Statement
The Sail Away Program Charterer is responsible for any damage caused to program boats, other boats, docks, or KHYC or KHYF facilities resulting from operating the chartered boat. Such liability for program boat damage is limited to $500 per program boat involved and $1,000 for any other boat or facility. A $500 credit card deposit will be required prior to charter to cover this liability.
Prior to usage boats you shall: Use Calendly (calendly.com/khyfsailaway) for scheduling your sailing time. When you go to the site you will see the 2-5 hr options connected with a specific boat. After you click on the option you want a calendar will pop up, select the date you want, and the start time you want. If the time you want is not there that means that boat is already taken. Reservations are required.Boats are available for sailing from sunrise to sunset.
When you arrive to go sailing the boats will be at the KHYC dock. Pick up a handheld VHF radio, Check In/Out sheet and waivers for any of your guests from the Hood Room. There are two orange life jackets already on the boat and any additional PFDs you need from the life jacket rack next to the ice machine. Fill out the CHECK OUT column of the In/Out sheet and assure all hardware is on the boat and in working condition. If there are ANY hardware or boat issues, please contact the KHYF Director or his designee PRIOR to departing. Please return the boat at the time you reserved on the online calendar system. If you would like to take the boat out longer, VERIFY in the online calendar that someone else has not reserved the same boat after your reservation. If no one has reserved the boat after your reservation you can continue to use the boat and pay the additional hourly fee after you return.
When you return, fill out the CHECK IN sheet and note any hardware or equipment that is missing or damaged and needs repair. You will be responsible for any lost or damaged hardware. You will not be responsible for any maintenance issues that arise. If significant damage occurs, please notify the KHYF Director or his designee immediately of any damage so it can be appropriately documented.
- To be considered eligible for the usage program, a charterer, age 18 or older, shall demonstrate a minimum competency of sailing and navigation ability and be designated as a QI by the KHYF Director or his/her designee.
- Competency is defined as:
- Possessing the ability to operate the vessel in a manner such that no persons or property in the immediate area are threatened or damaged by their actions
- Possessing the ability to safely rig, dock and maneuver the vessel
- Knowledgeable in the usage of all safety gear and procedures
Qualified Individual Responsibilities
- QIs are expected to be knowledgeable and compliant of all KHYC/KHYF policies regarding boat and facility usage.
- The QI will be held liable for damage to other persons or property resulting from any willful negligence or gross misconduct.
- The QI will be responsible for making sure that the vessel is returned in the same condition, or better than it was at checkout. If there is any damage to the vessel, or any equipment is not functioning properly, the QI is required to note the issue on the CHECK IN/OUT sheet.
Watch the Weather
As the program participant, you are solely responsible for the safety of the vessel and your crew when out on the water. Check the weather before leaving the dock, check for small craft warnings or advisories. If winds are forecast to diminish, adjust your sailing plans to remain in close proximity to the Club. The Club will not provide a tow back to the dock if the wind dies or you run out of gas.
A few other things you should know…
- The Sail Away Program is managed and operated by KHYF on the KHYC site. KHYC staff should not be asked for help with the Sail Away Program. Instead, please contact the KHYF Director or his/her designee.
- KHYF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and, as such, relies on volunteer staff, donations, and fees from sailing instruction and boat charters to fund this and other programs.
- Maintenance of the boats is accomplished by volunteers who have a love of sailing and want to support expanding sailboat access in the King Harbor area. If you have boat maintenance skills and would like to support maintenance of the boats available for charter, please contact the KHYF Director. The maintenance program matches maintenance needs with a set of volunteers on a case-by-case basis to assure the boats stay in working condition.