Shorthanded Sailing Association of Australia Inc.

 

Lord Howe Island Race 2002

 

 

Safety Compliance and Acknowledgement Form

 

for the yacht .............................…..

 

1.                    We, the skipper and crew of this yacht, agree that it is our sole and inescapable responsibility to ensure that the yacht is fully sound, thoroughly seaworthy and manned by a competent and experienced crew physically fit to face bad weather.

 

2.             We agree that it is the sole and exclusive responsibility of each yacht to decide whether or not to start in the race or, once having started whether to continue to race. The safety equipment on the yacht is adequate, properly maintained and stowed and we know where the equipment is kept, and how it is to be used.

3.                    We accept full responsibility for any mishaps that might befall the yacht and its crew during the race.  We acknowledge and accept that the Shorthanded Sailing Assoc. of Australia Inc (SSAA) is not responsible for our yacht, or us, and does not accept responsibility of any kind for any third parties with which the yacht or we may become involved.

4.             All equipment required to be kept on the vessel by Special Regulations Category 1 of the RRS, and the SSAA Special Regulations, as supplemented by the Notice of Race, functions properly, is readily accessible, and is of a type, size and capacity suitable and adequate for this race.

5.             We acknowledge that the race is one of long distance and is well offshore in unprotected waters, directly exposed to the extremes of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean, where the yacht must be self-sufficient for extended periods of time.

6.             We agree that the yacht is self-righting, strongly built, water tight and is capable of withstanding solid water and knockdowns: it is properly rigged and ballasted. We are satisfied about the soundness of hull, spars, rigging and sails.

7.             We agree/acknowledge/accept/ensure/declare that:

7.1       the engine, when running, can be securely covered;

7.2       the exhaust system is securely installed protected from bad weather;

7.3       the fuel supply system is securely installed and protected;

7.4       the SSAA  recommends we carry fuel to motor for 100nm plus charging;

7.5       NOR 12 requires all heavy items are firmly stowed, including, floor boards, frig lids, locker covers;

7.6       NOR 12 requires the batteries be secure by solid means;

7.7       the Batteries are of the sealed or Gel filled type(RRS 3.25);

7.8       the stove is gimballed, secure and can be safely operated in a seaway;

7.9       the hull, deck and all integral parts are essentially water tight;

7.10     any openings in the hull can be immediately secured to maintain this integrity;

7.11     the yacht does not have hatches forward of the maximum beam opening inwards;

7.12    the hatches are above the water when the hull is heeled 90o;

7.13     all hatches are permanently fitted + can be firmly shut in a capsize;

7.14    the cockpit and drains meet RRS 3.06;

7.15    there are  . . . . . seacocks or openings through the hull, attached to each is a means of shutting off   each through-hull opening;

7.16    the lifelines meet RRS 4.24;

7.17    the largest vertical opening in the lifelines is  . . . . .mm;

 

 

8.                    We agree/declare/acknowledge/accept that the yacht:

8.1     has a working toilet useable in heavy weather;

8.2       bunks are useable in a seaway;

8.3       has ….. water tanks which discharge through a pump;

8.4       will carry  . . . . . litres of fresh water at the start of the race;

8.5       does not have any navigation lights fitted below the upper lifeline;

8.6       carries navigation lights bulbs of at least 25 watts;

8.7       carries . . . . . spare 25w bulbs for use in the navigation lights;

8.8       the mainsail has 3 reefing points and will be rigged accordingly at the start of the race as per NOR 16;

8.9       the storm trysail is suitable for the purpose and meets RRS 4.24;

8.10    the storm trysail is sheeted independently of the main boom without battens;

8.11    the storm trysail carries the yacht’s sail numbers on both sides;

8.12    the storm jib and trysail have permanently fitted sheets: NOR 16.3;

8.13    carries a storm jib that is adequate and fit for the purpose as per RRS 4.24;

8.14    EPIRB being carried is in service until …………….………………….;

8.15    carries a PFD for each crew member as per RRS 5.01;

8.16    carries a safety harness and tethers for each crew member as per RRS 5.01 and NOR14;

8.17    carries life buoys as per RRS 4.21;

8.18    carries current flares as per RRS 4.22. The earliest expiry date is…………………..;

8.19    carries a floating heaving line, accessible, firmly attached to the cockpit as per RRS4.23;

 

9.                    We know that the yacht:

9.1     has a separate battery whose primary purpose is to start the engine RRS 3.23(c);

9.2     has a permanently installed fuel tank made of  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ;

9.3     has gas bottles that are secured, or has a stove that operates without gas;

9.4     engine is secured by . . . . . . . . . . . . .in . . . . . . . . . . . . . .places;

9.5     has both anchors secured by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .;

9.6     has wash board/s able to be opened from the inside by ……………………………….;

9.7     has wash board/s secured to the hull by……………………………………….;

9.8     has ........softwood plugs attached to openings in the yacht’s hull;

9.9     uses a lanyard of ......cm used to secure the lifelines;

9.10  has a toe rail on the side of the yacht of . . . . .mm;

9.11  has a safe jackstay system fitted using. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .;

9.12  has a safe, accessible workable fuel shut off control RRS 3.23(h);

9.13  will carry ................litres of fuel at the race start;

9.14  carries ........fire extinguishers, located. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ………………………….;

9.15  has ......bilge pumps situated. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …………………………..;

9.16  carries bilge pump handles with a device fitted to prevent accidental loss;

9.17  has........ manual bilge pump/s are fitted operable above the deck;

9.18  has......... manual bilge pump/s are fitted operable below the deck;

9.19  carries.... anchors of.......………………………… type and weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ;

9.20  has at least ..................m length of chain attached to each anchor;

9.21  has at least..................m length of rode attached to each anchor;

9.22  has the bitter end of one/both anchors secured to the hull;

9.23  carries..... many flash lights;

9.24  carries........ spare batteries;

9.25  carries.........spare bulbs.

 

10.          We are aware that the yacht:

10.1      carries a first aid kit that complies with Category 1;

10.2      has a .............………………..First Aid manual printed...............……………;

10.3      carries a  .........................radar reflector;

10.4      will have its  radar reflector fixed to the standing rigging;

10.5      has a  principal marine compass, last adjusted   ………………..…..;

10.6      does/does not carry a copy of the compass adjuster’s report;

10.7      carries a ...................……………spare compass;

10.8      carries all relevant charts, light list and piloting equipment;

10.9      carries two working GPS units;

10.10   has an.............................echo sounder;

10.11   carries Collision Regulation compliant navigation lights;

10.12   has the yacht’s sail numbers on the storm trysail;

10.13   carries a  storm jib is made of.............................;

10.14   has emergency steering equipment stowed ………………………….;

10.15   uses  ......................................................................as an alternative method of steering the yacht in the event of rudder failure;

10.16   has adequate tools and spare parts;

10.17   carries its name on miscellaneous buoyant equipment;

10.18   has retro-reflective material fitted to the life buoys and life jackets;

10.19   has retro-reflective material fitted to the crews wet weather gear.

 

11.                 We agree that the yacht:

11.1      has an SSB radio antenna that does/does not depend upon the mast;

11.2      would use.....................…………as an antenna in the event if the mast is lost;

11.3      has SSB/HF frequencies: 2182, 4125; 6215; 4483, channels 608 and 836 as per NoR 10.1;

11.4      carries VHF frequencies: 16, 73, 88:NoR 10.2;

11.5      the installation of the radios meets NOR 10;

11.6      carries an additional hand held water proof VHF radio;

11.7      will carry ......................litres of water for emergency use;

11.8      carries a ………………liferaft; as per RRS 4.19 serviced on……………stowed……………….;

11.9      carries a  DanBuoy stowed ………......................;

11.10   carries . . .red parachute flares:  red flares. . . .white flares and ……orange flares;

11.11   has a written man overboard drill routine;

11.12   crew last completed a man overboard drill on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ;

11.13   has demonstrated that it can recover a man overboard quickly;

11.14   does/does not have a GPS with a man overboard facility;

11.15   has a…………………………………………….. self-steering gear with adequate spare parts.


12.                 We are satisfied that the yacht carries on board:

12.1      adequate spare diesel filters;

12.2      additional 1m safety harness strops: NOR 14.3;

12.3      adequate tools for repairs at sea;

12.4      an adequate sail repair kit;

12.5      an emergency supply of spare water;

12.6      spare engine oil;

12.7      spare parts for the self-steering equipment;

12.8      spare alternator belts;

12.9      spare water pump belts;

12.10   spare water pump impellors;

12.11   enough diesel, having regard to the length of the race and charging requirements;

12.12   sufficient other spare parts.

 

13.                 We know that SSAA recommends that a prepacked grab bag be carried with the following items: 

2 ‘cyalume’ sticks or equal; 1 daylight signalling mirror and 1 signalling whistle, 2 red parachute flares; 3 red hand flares;  watertight receptacles containing fresh water, nylon string and polythene bags;   1 EPIRB;   1 handheld VHF radio;    sunscreen protection; any prescription medication required by the crew; spare glasses;  sunglasses;  vital documents, including shipping documents, passports, visas;    torches, spare bulbs and spare batteries;  light lines for lashing and lanyards;  drinking cups;   log book, note book, pencils, multi tool pocket knife;   1 handheld GPS;   fishing lines and hooks.

 

14.                 We acknowledge that:

14.1    Both crew hold current Senior First Aid certificates, or higher qualification;

14.2    Both crew have attended an AYF Sea Safety and Survival course, or equivalent;

14.3    …………………………….holds an HF radio proficiency certificate: NoR 13.7;

14.4    The radio check required by NoR 10.5 will be done with ……………………………………...

14.5    Each crew will carry a high intensity light or strobe: NoR 14.1;

14.6    SSAA recommend the use of marker dye: NoR 14.1;

14.7    SSAA recommends crew carry and wear inflatable PFDs;

14.8    SSAA recommends that the yacht carry an personal EPIRB for each crew: NoR 15.5;

14.9    the yacht carries a 406Mhz EPIRB purchased on..................…… from.............................: registered in..………………….. name.

 

15.           The skipper/co-skipper is a financial member of the SSAA for the calendar year 2002 as per NOR3.5.

16.           The yacht/crew have completed the qualifying voyage as per NOR4.2.

17.           The necessary insurance has been arranged with…………………………………………….and a certificate of currency has been provided, as per NOR 5

15.                 We agree that if we ask for assistance at any time during the race and such assistance as is available is afforded us, we will accept full responsibility for any resulting financial costs.

(Signed)  Skipper  …………………………………………………………..

(Signed) Co-skipper………………………………………………………..

Yacht      ………………………………………………..