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79 Bay St
Double Bay, NSW, 2028

The finest Laser sailing club in the world, located in Double Bay on Sydney Harbour.

COTD Duties

DBSC Saturday Captain/CoCaptain Check List

Arrive three (3) hours prior to racing (usually 11am).


Safety is the first priority of DBSC. After safety, in our endeavour to be a "best practice Laser club" the next key objective is to have competitive and timely racing.

As PRO/COTD/CoCOTD an important objective is to make sure that races begin at 2 pm, or the AP goes up to signify a delay. In general, this means having an approximate course laid prior to the 1 pm race meeting. If you are running behind schedule, tasks such as the awning/flags and placing of tables/chairs should take second priority to those tasks required for an on-time start.


On Land Preparatory

  • Unlock Club, roller door up
  • Check status of RIBs and all other radio/electrical/mechanical gear
  • Check all OK in kitchen for day.  Check if Club BBQ that night. Check if Club being used for any function that night
  • Put on DBSC flouro jackets to identify you as Captain and CoCaptain of the day
    • Clear aisle of any response boats, dollies, Lasers on floor, etc – all to rigging area
    • Open and secure doors to deck, hoist AUS, DBSC and class flags. NB do this before erecting deck awning!
    • Erect deck awning from under canopy
    • Tables and chairs to deck
    • Hire out Club Lasers to visiting sailors – collect $30 fee and $50 deposit.  The Vice Commodore will had advised you of who was hiring boats based on the number of forms he/she had received.

On Water Preparatory


  • Identify/lay out three (large) course buoys, and two spar buoys (one yellow, one blue) plus tackle for five buoys on front deck
  • Using battery operated blower, inflate three large course buoys and tie to outside (starboard) tube of “Bergman”
  • Load other buoys and tackle boxes into “Bergman”

RIBs – “Dene Bergman”

  • Remove sun covers from RIBs “Dene Bergman” and “Paul Adam” 
  • Switch power on to western davit
  • Raise and secure both drainage flaps at stern of “Dene Bergman”, insert bung
  • Lift “Dene Bergman” to unhook Spectra static slings and get out of boat.
  • Lower “Dene Bergman” into water
  • Pre engine start – check isolation switch to green, choke (fwd RHS engine) on and priming bulb (under seat) pumped so it is firm.  Check-start engine then choke off.
  • Switch off engine and moor “Dene Bergman” to front deck

RIBs – “Paul Adam”

  • Switch power on to eastern davit
  • Raise and secure both drainage flaps at stern of the "Paul Adam”, insert bung
  • Lift “Paul Adam” to unhook Spectra static slings and get out of boat.
  • Lower “Paul Adam” into water
  • Pre engine start – check isolation switch (under seat) on and choke (fwd RHS engine) on.  Check start engine then choke off.
  • Switch off engine and moor “Paul Adam” to front deck
  • Check lifejackets and towing ropes on all RIBs
  • Check if fuel required for any boat – if so ask Dene, Andrew, Michael or Mark for assistance
  • Dress for on water – especially long sleeves/pants and hat for sun protection, sun cream

On Water pre Briefing

  • Check forecast for afternoon conditions
  • Go out onto course area – assess wind direction and strength. 
  • Lay three large course marks and two spar buoys in approximate positions (ask Commodore/Vice Commodore for guidance by radio or in boat if you wish)
  • Undertake radio check between RIBs and Club and between RIBs
  • Return to Club
  • Load flags onto “Bergman” – Full and Radial Laser class flags, Code Flags P, M, N and S, Answering Pennant, First Substitute and Black Flag plus DBSC Pennant
  • Load battery horn onto “Bergman”
  • Check starting watch and horn working
  • Liaise with Commodore/Vice Commodore re Briefing – on time at 1.00pm
  • Assist at Briefing by describing wind strength and direction and location of marks.  Do not describe course or Start procedure – those are in Sailing Instructions.

On Water Management

To guide Captains/CoCaptains in managing DBSC Club racing, please understand and achieve the following.

We are striving to be what Don Roach articulated as being a “best practice Laser Club”. What that means in effect is:

  • total responsibility for on shore and on water race day management is assigned to the Captain of the Day with support from a Co Captain
  • go out early and set up with plenty of time
  • Always take “Adam” in addition to “Bergman” (tow behind if only one licensed driver) for safety/speed to relay course reasons
  • Both “Bergman” and “Paul Adam” to leave DBSC no later than 1.20pm
  • Set courses where there is best/most consistent wind
  • Avoid lee of Point Piper
  • Set cross wind lines and separate start and finish lines.  Moor “Bergman”/"Jazzman" in start location, have “Paul Adam” position yellow spar mark approx 100m crosswind off port side “Bergman”/"Jazzman".  Ask Commodore, Vice or Rear Commodore to check line is crosswind.
  • Have “Paul Adam” position blue spar mark approx 30m crosswind off starboard side “Bergman”/"Jazzman"
  • Start on time
  • Minimise General Recall and sequence restart times
  • Recognise and respond quickly to changing wind strength and direction by adjusting already laid buoys to suit wind strength and direction
  • Adjust course length to achieve 45min race times by the lead boats
  • Minimise time between separate races on the same day
  • Assist Handicapper by recording accurately the finishing times of all participants


Start Race 1

Fly DBSC pennant from aft hole in flag rack.  NB no red or green flag – DBSC courses are always port rounding

  • At start, have “Paul Adam” stand off starting mark to identify early starters

2.00pm      Raise Radial Class Flag, horn

2.01pm      Raise Code Flag P, horn

2.04pm      Lower Code Flag P, horn

2.05pm      Lower Radial Class Flag, horn

  • If individual recall, Code Flag M, single horn and hail boat(s) if possible
  • If General Recall, First Substitute (up for one minute only), double horn and hail
  • Restart procedure one minute after lowering First Substitute.
  • Allow interval of five minutes, repeat for Full rigs


  • Record finishing sail numbers (all 6 if possible) and times for all boats, separating Radial and Full rigs on different sheets
  • Restart Radials if time permits before Full rigs finish – any Radial or Full Rig later than 10 min after the winner of its division scores DNF

Start Race 2

  • Repeat all the foregoing for the second race of the day

If rescue required and "Bergman" is being used as the start boat, tie off “Bergman” anchor line to red spherical buoy, assist boats as required and return to Start/finish location with disabled Lasers in tow, pick up red spherical buoy.

If necessary, “Paul Adam” can tow disabled back to Club – “Bergman” to remain on course and on Start/finish station at all times when not required for rescue.

After Racing

  • “Paul Adam” to recover start mark after second Full rig start
  • “Paul Adam” to recover wing mark after last Full rig has rounded it in Race 2
  • “Paul Adam” to recover top mark after last Full rig has rounded it last time in Race 2
  • After last boat has finished, hoist “Bergman”/"Jazzman" anchor, collect remaining course and finishing buoys, return to DBSC.
  • Hand results sheets to Handicapper ashore as soon as arrive at DBSC

On Water Completion

  • Hoist “Dene Bergman” and “Paul Adam’ in davits, hook up static slings, lower so that weight taken by static slings
  • Lower drainage flaps at stern of both “Dene Bergman” and “Paul Adam”, remove bungs
  • Turn off power to western and eastern davits
  • Unload all racing equipment – course buoys, starting/finishing marks, ground tackle, flags, horn, other from all RIBs
  • Turn off radios and turn off isolation switches on both “Dene Bergman” and “Paul Adam’
  • Clear rubbish, tidy tow ropes and hose down all RIBs
  • Hose down tackle boxes, store on SW corner of deck (not in Workshop)
  • Hose down buoys, store under covers in “Dene Bergman” and “Paul Adam” (not in Workshop)
  • Replace/secure sun covers on “Dene Bergman” and “Paul Adam”
  • Flush engines on all RIBs (refer diagrams following pages)
  • Deal with any problems.  
  • Advise Rear Commodore of any repairs/maintenance required for following Saturday

On Land Completion

  • Remove tables and chairs from deck to inside Club, clear deck of all other than RIBs, heavy seats, tackle boxes and BBQ
  • Lower deck awning over door and secure under canopy
  • Lower AUS, DBSC and class flags, check deck is clear
  • Close and lock doors to deck, draw curtains.  Lower curtain to W facing window
  • Oversee return of Club Lasers from visiting sailors, check all gear returned, wash down, replace in correct racks
  • Ensure Steyne Park has been cleared of all DBSC property
  • Check all kitchen and change rooms windows closed and locked
  • Turn out lights
  • Lock Kitchen door, check Workshop door to S deck locked
  • Roller door down
  • Close and lock Club.

Go home, and relax with the knowledge that you have helped the club have another successful day.