21. DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
21.1 Individual persons participate in BCOSS events entirely at their own risk. See ISAF Racing Rule 4, Decision to Race. The organising authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the event.
21.2 The Event Organisers shall not be liable for any loss, damage, death or personal injury howsoever caused to the owner/competitor, his skipper or crew as a result of their taking part in the event or events. Moreover every participant in the event warrants the suitability of his boat for the event or events. A boat is entirely responsible for its own safety, whether afloat or ashore, and nothing whether in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions or anywhere else, reduces this responsibility. It is for boats to decide whether it is fit to sail in the conditions in which it will find itself. By launching or going to sea, the boat confirms that it is fit for those conditions and that its crew is competent to sail and compete in them.
21.3 Nothing done by the organisers can reduce the responsibility of the boat nor will it make the organisers responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, however it may have occurred, as a result of the boat taking part in the event. The organisers encompass everyone helping to run the event and the series, and include but is not restricted to the Organising Authority, the Event Committee, the Event Officers, Trot boats, Support Boats, Beach-masters
21.4 The provision of support boats does not relieve the competing boat or its skipper of their responsibilities.
21.5 The owner or owner’s representative of all boats is responsible to ensure that the vessel competing is equipped and seaworthy so as to be able to face extremes of weather; that there is a crew sufficient in number, experience and fitness to withstand such weather; and that the safety equipment is properly maintained, stowed and in date and that the crew know how to use it.
21.6 IT IS ALSO STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT THE OWNER, SKIPPER OR OWNER’S REPRESENTATIVE OF ALL BOATS SHALL REQUIRE EVERY PERSON ON BOARD TO WEAR A LIFEJACKET IN APPROPRIATE CONDITIONS.