berny Posted December 16, 2007 Report Share Posted December 16, 2007 I've been interested in finding out, just what our YA membership provides for us and why it seems necessary that everyone be a member. After some researching of both YA and YNSW websites I've not been able to find any reason other than to avail yourself of the injury personal insurance the YA offers. There are no details of this cover but apparently it is personal insurance which supposedly will assist you if you are injured sailing. There is mention of some 'privileges' but no specific detail is provided, only waivers that the providers may not honour them, and if they don't, it's between you and the provider as YA don't give any guarantees. All other requirements to participate in Association, State, National or International events, are covered by your clubs' or Associations' membership 'subscriptions' and 'capitation' fees which are paid to YNSW. Besides that there appears to be no other requirements. So, why do we pay fees to YA? I have no idea. I've always thought from the beginning of this scheme, that there was some requirement which enabled/permitted you to participate in certain events but that does not appear to be the case. The only other scenario is that clubs and/or associations have made this membership a requirement to participate in their activities but I can't imagine why that would be the case unless they see personal insurance as a necessity to cover themselves in case you injure yourself during club organised events, though I would have thought, that being the case, you should be able to select you own provider, one you could be sure will honour their obligation. In any event, I would have thought that the clubs' and contestants own 5mil public liability insurance would cover these contingencies. It's a puzzle to me. Am I missing something? Bern P.S. I asked the question of Glen Stenway Sports Services Manager of YA but he palmed me off to YNSW CEO Adrian Steer. To date, surprisingly, I've had no reply from Mr Steer. [This message has been edited by berny (edited 16 December 2007).] Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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