The following information have been sourced to assist Members with items of safety and safety care & management. All publications are guides only.
Australian Sailing Special Regulations Equipment Compliance for Boats competing in Yacht races
The following are the current Australian Sailing Special Regulation Compliance Forms (Blue Book (racing)) used by the Club:
Category 1, 2 & 3 races also require a radio inspection forms. The NoR for a race may request additional frequencies to the ones listed in this Radio Audit Form.
Category 1 & 2 races also require boats to have a AIS transponder installed as well are the boat to carry a satellite phone.
- RPAYC 2013 -17 Cat 1 & 2 Radio Inspection form - Note additional frequencies may be required, check relevant Notice of Race for details.
Race documentation may also require additional information as outlined in the current RRS 'Blue Book' and specified in the Notice of Race.
Personal Floatation Devices (PDFs), Servicing and Types
It is a legal requirement that inflatable lifejackets are to be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Servicing an inflatable lifejacket should be carried out annually, unless the manufacturer specifies and permits a longer period. For newly purchased inflatable lifejackets, this period commences from date of purchase. If you are unsure when you purchased a particular inflatable lifejacket and cannot tell when it was last serviced, it is prudent to have it serviced immediately.
Burke Service Information
Marlin Service Information
Racing Rules of Sailing and Australian Sailing Special Regulations
The Racing Rules of Sailing & AS Prescriptions & Special Regulations (Blue Book) can be purchased online from Australian Sailing, or purchased from Chandlery's or Boating book shops.
Servicing Fire Extinguishers
Members can have their fire extinguishers inspected with the Bosun's Locker or Betta Fire Services. Betta Fire will be at the club on Saturday 18 June from 8-2pm and will inspect extinguishers from the Regatta Office.
Note: to pass an audit inspection New extinguishers will require the owner to produce the receipt for the extinguisher.
Fire extinguishers, including those purchased more than 6 months prior to inspection, shall be serviced, tested and fitted with a current tag by a licenced organisation/individual in accordance with:
- The manufacturer's instructions and
- Section 10 of Australian Standard AS1851-2012 Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment.
The licenced organisation/individual shall be accredited for Portable Fire Extinguisher Maintenance by the FPAA (Fire Protection Association Australia).
New extinguishers have to be commissioned. They have to be certified and the numeral 1 stamped in the appropriate date column. At the expiry of the 6 month period extinguishers have to be certified again with the numeral 2 stamped in the date column. The process is repeated until new extinguishers are needed.
Under the Australian Sailing Special Regulations Fire Extinguishers shall be serviced/tested, by an authorised person, according to the manufactures' instructions. A recipt of this serives is required to be submitted & appropriate tagging of the extinguisher when having a Special Regulation Equipment compliance audit conducted.
For further information on recycling expired fire extinuisher visit the Fire and Rescue NSW website.
Maritime Safety Briefing
This podcast safety briefing is presented jointly by RMS (Maritime) and Yachting NSW.
It is intended for the use of clubs to draw members and competitors to the attention of the risks you need to be aware on the water; and your obligations when part of an event that is conducted under an aquatic licence. View here
Disposing of expired Flares
Distress signalling flares can help save lives in an emergency but are only as good as their use-by date.
Flares expire after three years. After this time, there is no guarantee they will fire when needed. Flares must be replaced before they expire and old flares, which are classed as explosives, must be disposed of properly.
Flares can now be placed into special containers at Maritime coastal service centres or integrated registries where they are stored for collection and transported to the Sterihealth facility at Silverwater, Sydney. The expired flares will then be destroyed at ultra-high temperature under strict environmental conditions.