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QM Respect is an initiative aimed at promoting a culture of mutual respect and appreciation within our club. It emphasises the importance of treating fellow sailors, instructors, officials and volunteers with respect and dignity. It encourages positive attitudes and behaviour both on and off the water.

The goal of QM Respect is to create an environment where everyone can enjoy sport to the fullest, whilst recognising and appreciating the hard work and dedication of those who make it possible.

This introduction will explore the key elements of the QM Respect initiative and why it is so important for users of the club.

QM Team

Respect the QM team who support members and guests going afloat and recovering from the water, as instructors and as the safety team. The club is unique in having a team on and off the water looking after all aspects of the running of QMSC. The club is responsible for younger members in the team and for many of them this can be their first job. If anyone is unhappy with the service provided by the staff, please speak to the Duty Officer to manage the situation rather than addressing the staff member directly.


QM delivers the highest quality of racing and expects everyone taking part to ‘respect’ race officials, safety crews and fellow competitors. This means creating an environment for the best club racing in the UK whilst being welcoming to new members and younger sailors. We expect everyone at all levels to abide by the Racing Rules of Sailing, to act ethically and respectfully, and provide a great place to learn and master competitive sailing.

Race Officers

Members giving their time to deliver club racing each week should be celebrated. This is all done at the mercy of the weather and shifting wind conditions - they make racing happen. Please keep calm when things don’t go exactly to plan, your Race Officers are committed to supporting the best possible racing.


We have a clear safety policy & safety briefing. Club members and other users of our water must take responsibility for their own safety both afloat and onshore. The club will use its best endeavours to provide on-water safety cover but that does not alter the individual responsibility of club members and other users of our water. Acceptance of this policy is a condition of going afloat. Respect the weather, go sailing in the right conditions for you and, in high winds, get advice from the team who will help.

Code of Conduct

We have a clear code of conduct policy document. Queen Mary Sailing Club expects that all users (members, visitors, participants, coaches, instructors, officials, parents and volunteers) of QMSC show respect and understanding for each other, treat everyone equally within the context of the sport and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the club.

Discrimination and equality

We are committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability or any other personal characteristic. Sailing has traditionally been a male dominated sport and QMSC is working to increase diversity within the club. QMSC does not tolerate discrimination of any kind. It is important to consider your language even in casual conversation to help drive progress in this area. We expect the support of all club members on this journey.


We are a guest of Thames Water and conditions for our licence to run the club can be found in the byelaws document. Please respect the team who have the task of upholding these byelaws on behalf of all QMSC users.


Thank you for reading, respect to you, happy sailing at Queen Mary.