As we all know, skippers have a large number of responsibilities when it comes to preparing for a day on the water. This includes making sure both ourselves, our crew and our boats are in a condition suitable for sailing…and in particular, the conditions on the day.
As a pre-requisite to sailing, all members are required to comply with their respective class rules and club specific sailing instructions and safety requirements (as per the safety declaration at the commencement of sailing each year).
While all members are encouraged to read their respective class rules to ensure compliance, the committee note a couple of key areas that are currently causing problems to race organisers.
– Race Sign On & Off: As a key safety measure, the AYC race management require all competitors to Sign on prior to leaving the beach, and sign off again. This sign off process is to be completed a maximum of 30min after the last boat comes ashore. (Refer Section 17 of the Sailing Instructions). Any boats who fail to sign on, or sign off will continue to be scored as a DSQ in the results.
– Accurate Boat Registration Information: For the Sign on/Off process to be effective, all skippers must ensure the information on the sheet is accurate. This includes boat type, boat name, Skipper, Crew and Sail Numbers. This is not only essential to the Race Committee to effectively administer racing on the day, but also critical to the Post Race Handicapping. Skippers are reminded that sail numbers are required to match their hull numbers and overall boat registrations. Replacement sail numbers can be sourced from any good sailmaker (ie, Irwin Sails – +61(3) 9555 7328) or your class association.
If skippers wish to temporarily race with a alternate number, special mention to the Handicapper and on the sign on sheet is required. This will only be accepted for a limited number of races, while skippers source replacement numbers.
– Hull Identification: As a requirement of racing, all boats are required to have all appropriate boat identification details affixed to their boats. This includes,
2. Boat Name
4. Sail Number
Full details can be found on the Yachting Australia Website at: http://www.yachting.org.au/sport-services/safety/special-regulations/2013-2016-special-regulations-part-2-off-the-beach-boats/
Signage can easily be procured from local signwriters or online at sites similar to this…(http://www.ausfish.com.au/sticker/)
As per usual, if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to grab a committee member or myself to provide a little guidance and/or assistance.