Safety Information

A full printout will be issued to all vessels at the skippers briefing

This compilation of information aims to act as a reference to be kept at hand during your passage to Rio de Janeiro. It is organised by the type of risk it addresses and is neither comprehensive nor complete. A full printout will be issued to all vessels at the skippers briefing.

There is always a significant level of risk in yachting related activities, especially where an ocean crossing is attempted. This information pack aims to provide participants with some tools to manage the risks.

Encouraging responsible and safe practices, minimising the inherent risks of yachting, reducing the possible consequences in the event of an incident, and knowing what resources to deploy in a developing chain of events, are some of the aims of this reference booklet.

 Introduction, Acronyms and Crisis Management
AYacht, Skipper MMSI, Tel, Email, Crew number, Type (to be distributed at the skipper’s briefing)
BRadio Communications
DMedical Advice Form
EFirst Aid Contents List
FHypothermia Treatment
GTracker Installation & Operation
HMOB procedures
JRace Compliance Form – to be completed at the finish

The Race Committee is very aware of the potential dangers of trans-ocean passages. All boats are required to be equipped and crewed to “be completely self-sufficient for extended periods of time, capable of withstanding heavy storms and prepared to meet serious emergencies without the expectation of outside assistance” (Offshore Special Regulations)

The Race Committee will by the time the race starts have a database of all the communication equipment on board each boat, together with contact details of the entire crew’s next of kin to facilitate contact in the event of an emergency. This database will be given to both Cape Town Radio (CTR) and the Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (MRCC) in Cape Town.

All participants should be aware that they cannot rely on any SAR operation being able to rescue them. The best they can expect is that another vessel will be diverted to collect them from the boat or life-raft. It is thus very important that a means of communication is mobile and can stay with the crew.

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