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Rickey Point Sailing Club

Buoy Field Guidelines

3/99 - 1/01 – (amended 6/4/06)


The following is a list of rules, responsibilities, and management of the Rickey Point Sailing Club (RPSC) Buoy Field and Premises.


Original permits were issued to the RPSC by the Corps of Engineers (OYB-1-012698) and the National Park Service (PNR Coda 640-9-054).  (need to add current community access point permit or agreement info here when obtained.)  All individual RPSC members must live up to the conditions set forth by these guidelines.  RPSC is responsible to be in compliance with the National Park Service regulations for our permit site.


1.      Only authorized members should talk to the National Park Service and other agencies regarding the management of this permit.

2.      Members and guests are personally responsible for using all buoy field facilities.  The Rickey Point Sailing Club assumes no liability from accidents incurred on club grounds and facilities.

3.      The buoy field manager shall be responsible for initiating and supervising all installation, maintenance, and upkeep of buoys, ground tackle, moorings, dock and premises as outlined in these guidelines, and in Article IV Board of Directors, Section IX Buoy Field Manager duties.  The buoy field manager shall have the use of a buoy at no charge for attending to these duties.

4.      Ground tackle sequence is listed as follows for all buoys:

Ÿ         Buoy

Ÿ         Upper Chain 3/8” regular or 5/16” high test - approximately 4’ long.           

Ÿ         5/8” Nylon mooring line with 5/8” galvanized thimbles.

Ÿ         1/2” galvanized eye swivel

Ÿ         3/8” galvanized lower chain

Ÿ         Mooring block 1,200 pounds concrete (estimate)

Ÿ         connections with 7/16” shackles w/ pins wired tied

Ÿ         Scope for all buoys is 2 to 1 at full lake level

NOTE:  Any modifications must not lower the breaking strength or change the length of the ground tackle.

5.    Buoy holders are responsible for connecting a pennant from boat to buoy.  Maximum pennant length is 10 feet.  Pennant may only be connected to the top of the buoy on the newer pull-through buoys, otherwise they must be connected to the 7/16” shackle on the bottom of the buoy.  Pennants are subject to inspection by the buoy field manager.  It is requested that you remove your pennant when you haul your boat at the end of the season, or risk losing it for the following year.

6.     Parking will be permitted only on the flat above the point (see map).  Short term parking (10 minutes max) will be permitted on the point above the dock for loading and unloading only.

7.     The dock will be for loading and unloading only, not moorage.  The time limit for loading is 30 minutes.

8.     Buoys will be numbered using the same size lettering as your boat registration according to row and buoy number (ex. 4-3).  The buoy field manager will assign buoys, keep a list of current buoy holders, and maintain the waiting list.  Any questions or concerns should be made to the buoy field manager.

9.     “In-Season” will be defined from June 1st to November 1st.  Any buoy holder who is not planning on using their buoy for an extended period during the ‘in-season’ time is requested to contact the buoy field manager to discuss allowing a waiting-list member to use the buoy on a temporary basis.  Temporary assignments of buoy use during the in-season will be made by the buoy field manager according to waiting list order.  Buoy holders are not to assign use of their buoy during the in-season time without going through the buoy field manager.

10.   On 7/15 of each year a RPSC board member shall send written notice by certified mail or email to any buoy holder who has not put their boat on their buoy, and has not made contact with the buoy field manager.  If the board receives no contact or appeal by 8/1 then the buoy will be reassigned to the next member on the waiting list.  If an appeal is made then the board shall consider the appeal and make a decision no later than 8/1.  RPSC will consider hardships, as well as the past year’s use.  The club would like to see all buoys in use.

11.  Off-season use of buoys can generally be more flexible.  However the buoy field manager should be made aware of your intentions for off-season use.  The buoy field manager reserves the right to have boat owners move or remove boats from the buoy field if needed for maintenance purposes.

12.   During the in-season, the club is responsible for providing maintenance to the dock and flashing buoy.  The club will also cover maintenance outside this period if 6 or more boats are on buoys.  These buoy users will have to provide the necessary labor, bare the cost, and notify the USCG to change operational period.

13.   Buoys will be removed by the Buoy Field Manager at the end of the season.  If any buoy is left in the water the Club is required to have the Flashing Buoy in operation.

14.   Buoy holders shall remain buoy holders as long as they maintain RPSC membership and use of buoys, dock, and premises in good standing with these guidelines and the Constitution/By-Laws of RPSC.  Any member in direct violation with the intent of said guidelines and/or By-Laws may lose buoy holder rights or privileges through a majority vote of the RPSC board.  In this event, buoys will then be reassigned to waiting list members in order of seniority on the list.  As stated in the By-Laws, RPSC board members will consider hardships and circumstances before making a decision to reassign buoy holder rights.

15.   Fees in addition to club membership will be charged to all buoy field holders (with the exception of the buoy field manager) to cover costs incurred by the RPSC.  These costs may include (but are not limited to) fees to NPS, insurance, maintenance or upgrades to facilities, etc.  The club will assess these costs and adjust fees accordingly through due process.


Board of Directors

Rickey Point Sailing Club