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From1st November new members can join for 14 months paying the price of 12 months. They will pay the annual fee of £30 plus the £10 joining and get the remainder of 2017 membership for free, and membership for the whole of 2018.
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Safety on Club Boats (weather forecast)
 
Before going down to the boat the skipper will:
  • have checked the local weather forecast for the area of fishing. This may include a shipping forecast , as well as an inshore waters forecast for the Bristol Channel.


 

Inshore water forecast area - Land's End to St David's Head includes the Bristol Channel.

                                        Shipping forecast area
  • have obtained a weather forecast from the internet (metoffice) and television for Swansea, Mumbles and the Bristol Channel.

Swansea five-day forecast (example only)

Date

Time

Weather

Temp

Wind

Visibility

Dir

Speed

Gust

Thu
26
Dec

1800


8 °C

S

20 mph

31 mph

Very Good

2100


8 °C

SSE

26 mph

41 mph

Moderate

Fri
27
Dec

0000


10 °C

SSW

30 mph

50 mph

Good

0300


10 °C

SW

28 mph

46 mph

Excellent

0600


9 °C

SW

33 mph

53 mph

Excellent

0900


9 °C

SW

32 mph

53 mph

Excellent

1200


9 °C

WSW

29 mph

49 mph

Excellent

1500


8 °C

WSW

24 mph

41 mph

Very Good

1800


8 °C

WSW

23 mph

39 mph

Very Good

Night


5 °C

WSW

18 mph

31 mph

Good

Sat
28
Dec

Day


7 °C

W

10 mph


Good

Night


4 °C

W

15 mph

27 mph

Very Good

Sun
29
Dec

Day


9 °C

W

15 mph

26 mph

Very Good

Night


7 °C

S

24 mph

46 mph

Moderate

Mon
30
Dec

Day


10 °C

WSW

18 mph

29 mph

Very Good

Night


8 °C

S

21 mph

38 mph

Good


Skipper in charge
 
The skipper of the a Club boat reserves the right to return to the marina at any time during a fishing trip if s/he feels the safety of the boat or its anglers may be compromised in any way.
 
All anglers are recommended to wear a life jacket when under way on Club boats and must follow the instructions for wearing given by the skipper of the boat at other times. 
 
The RYA recommends a life jacket should be worn:
  • by non swimmers
  • at night
  • in a tender
  • when reefing
  • at any time the skipper asks
  • in rough weather
  • when the user wants to wear it.
 
It should be noted that all anglers going to sea in small boats should wear life jackets at all times. Anglers under 16 years of age must wear life jackets at all times when on board boats. All other anglers on board Club boats have access to life jackets.  It is the responsibility of every angler to to wear a life jacket unless they are sure they don't need to. cover.
 
Club boats are built a code standard and have the appropriate safety and navigation equipment for the fishing trips undertaken, and have club and personal public liability insurance. See disclaimer opposite.

RNLI's and lifejackets
Whether they’re training or out on a shout, RNLI crew members always wear life jackets. They know that, whatever the weather, the sea is extremely unpredictable and can turn at a moment's notice. They see people caught out all the time, people who’ve risked or even lost their lives. A life jacket will buy vital time in the water and could save life, but only if being worn.

It is also important that your life jacket is the correct size and type for you and your sport, that it is properly fastened and that you understand how to operate it.

It is the skipper’s responsibility to show the crew where life jackets are stowed, how to don and secure them and when and how to operate them.

The RNLI recommends that, when you use your boat and your tender, everyone wears a buoyancy aid or a life jacket. Remember, it is important to use the crotch strap.

 Disclaimer
  • MMBFC does not accept any liability for personal accidental injury or the loss of or damage to any personal property (e.g fishing tackle), however caused whilst on/or fishing from Club Boats or in other Club fishing events.

  • The Membership Fees of Mumbles Motor Boat and Fishing Club (MMBFC) includes Third Party Personal Liability Insurance Cover whilst out fishing.

  • It does not provide Personal Accident or Property (e.g. Fishing Tackle) Insurance Cover. Neither does the Insurance Cover for the boats.

  • All Club Members are responsible for taking adequate precautions for the safety of themselves, their equipment/property, and of others who may be affected by their activity. Although the Club provides some basic guidelines on fishing and boat safety, it is no substitute for common sense, care and watchfulness.

  • Members must fully co-operate with the Club's officials, membership ID cards must be available for inspection when requested.

  • All MMBFC Committee decisions final and are subject to change without prior notice.


Note: Fishing tackle can be covered by household insurance or purchased from the insurance company.



 Beaufort force

Force 1-3 (1-10 knots)
Occasional wave crests. Wave height 0-0.9m. max. for Mumbles Belle.
 
Force 3-5 (7-21 knots)
Boisterous seas at the top of the Force range when sheltered water should be found. Wave height 0.9-2.5m. max. for Oystercat.
 
Terms used in the forecasts
 
Gale warning: If average wind is expected to be F8 or more.
Strong wind warning: If average wind is expected to be F6 to F7.
Imminent: Within 6 hours of the time of issue of the warning.
Soon: Within 6-12 hours from the time of issue of the warning.
Later: More than 12 hours from the time of issue of the warning.
Visibility:
Good - greater than 5 miles. Moderate - between 2-5 miles.
Poor-100m to 2 miles. Fog - less than 1000m.
Fair: No significant precipitation.
Backing: Wind changing anticlockwise direction eg NW to SW.
Veering: Wind changing in clockwise direction  eg NE to SE.
General synopsis: How and where the weather systems are moving.
Sea States: Smooth; wave height 0.2 to 0.5m. Slight; wave height 0.5 to 1.15m. Moderate; wave height 1.25 to 2.5. Rough; 2.5 to 4.0m.
 

Before the actual departure from the marina the skipper will have:

  • checked the weather forecast at the marina office and with the Coastguard. Also with the marine safety information broadcasts on VHF by Coastguard.
  • a list of checks on the engines, fuel levels, fresh water levels. etc.
  • briefed the crew and anglers; making sure they are aware of their roles, given a safety brief, including the wearing of life jackets, told how to move around the deck and the use of fishing tackle safely.

Some of the items in the safety brief would include: How to put on and use a life jacket, ensuring a life jacket fits correctly.   The crew will be familiar with the flares location and operation, first aid kit location and use, fire extinguishes, summoning help by VHF man over board and abandon ship procedures.

Underway
 
Once underway and still in sheltered water, the crew will remove lines and fenders and store safely.  The crew and anglers will take up safe positions before entering open water. 
 
The helmsman will be gentle on the throttle to ensure the anglers are not thrown off their feet.

Life jackets

A life jacket should be worn:
  • by non-swimmers
  • at night
  • in a tender
  • at any time when told to do so by the skipper
  • in rough weather
At other times, when out in a boat members should wear a life jacket unless they are sure they are sure they don't need to.
 
MMBFC recommends that members going recreational sea fishing in Club boats wear a life jacket unless they and the skipper are sure they don't need to.
 
MMBFC believe everyone going on the water should wear life jackets. While this is particularly important at times of heightened risk, accidents can happen at any time.
 
MMBFC believe that knowledge, skill and experience are he foundations upon which personal safety and responsibility are built. For junior members, until they have acquired the knowledge, skill and experience, the wearing of a life jacket is essential when on a Club boat.  Adult members wearing life jackets make good role models in shaping a junior's education about safety at sea.
 
MMBFC wants to achieve a continuous ethos of self-reliance and responsibility for a persons own safety on board our boats, which includes awareness and knowledge of the life-jackets available and the importance of choosing the appropriate device for the chosen activity.
 
A significant part of the work done by the MMBFC is aimed at ensuring boat fishing members are well equipped in terms of knowledge and experience for boat fishing activity they are participating in.
 
A number of formal risk assessments have been carried out for fishing from Club boats and the dangers associated with using fishing tackle on boats.