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Code of Conduct for Radio Sailing

Competitive sports can bring out hyper-competitive behavior in people and this has the potential to spoil everyone's day and damage our sport.  While racing is underway, the Race Officer is empowered under Rule 69 of the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) to warn and then act on breaches of sportsmanship.  But this only applies between the start and the finish of the race.

Fact is that there are no briefings or inductions into any RC clubs about expected behavior so if members behave badly outside of a race itself, formally they are not breaking any rules but they may be discouraging others from participating in the sport.  In addition, most clubs sail in areas accessible to the public and bad language can bring the sport into disrepute.

In an effort to foster a welcoming culture some clubs have instituted a Code of Conduct.  A simple one-page form filled out on membership renewal or joining to advise members on the behavior expected of them at club venues.  This also provides club officials with a tool to address the situation if it occurs and it applies from the race course to the carpark.  But probably the most valuable part of a Code of Conduct is that for a minute each year, the time it takes to fill the form out, each member is reminded of what is expected of them.

Two QRYA clubs have now implemented a Code of Conduct.  Moreton (MRYS) started last year and Kawana (CKRY) this year.  The QRYA fully supports this approach and encourages other member clubs to consider implementing one. 

A generic form is linked here as an example, but if you would like an MS Word version please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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