Hot Weather Policy


Hot Weather Policy

for Yachting SA and its Affiliated Clubs


Yachting SA recognises that on-water activities offer a cooler environment than land based sports, but recommend that sailing clubs and class associations read the Sports Medicine Australia guidelines and consider these recommendations when conducting regattas, especially when young sailors are participating.
Sailing Clubs should have an ACTION PLAN for hot weather.

Key considerations when planning/conducting sporting activities in hot conditions
  • All participants, including the umpires, officials and volunteers must be considered.
  • The risk for injury or illness is extreme when exercising in very hot conditions.  
  • When the forecast is for dry hot conditions the Ambient Temperature should be used. 
  • Dehydration will make an athlete more susceptible to fatigue and muscle cramps, and may lead to heat exhaustion and/or heat stroke. 
  • To avoid dehydration, SMASA recommends that all participants should:
    Drink at least 500 mls (2 - 3 glasses) of water prior to commencing exercise
    Continue drinking at least 200 mls of water every 10-15 minutes during exercise. 
  • If any players or officials experience any symptoms of High Heart Rate, Dizziness, Headache, Loss of endurance and/or skill, Confusion or Nausea, they should stop the activity and seek medical advice if the symptoms continue or worsen.

General advice on treatment of persons with heat related illness
  • Lie or sit  the victim down 
  • Loosen and remove excessive clothing 
  • Cool by fanning or using a hand held water spray bottle (or both). 
  • Give them cool water to drink if conscious or give them ice chips to suck 
  • Apply a damp ice pack(s), well wrapped in a towel, to the groin and armpit regions 
  • Seek medical assistance

Inclement Weather Policy


For details of policy for strong winds and extreme sea conditions refer to
Recommended Class Wind Limits, which provides a guide to maximum wind speeds, which were recommended by Class Associations sailing in South Australia.

Competitors and officials should be aware that in accordance with the Racing Rules of Sailing:
The decision to start a race will be at the sole discretion of the Race Officer, however competititors must understand that they participate in a race entirely at their own risk.
RRS Rule 4, Decision to Race states: "The responsibility for a boat's decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone."

Competitiors remain solely responsible for the seaworthiness of a boat whose entry is accepted and the sufficiency or adequacy of its equipment.