News from the Darwin Sailing Club
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DSC will be conducting a Safety & Sea Survival course July 1st & 2nd. The course is a requirement for at least 30% of crew in a Category 2 race and highly recommended for all offshore cruising and racing participants. This will be the only course in Darwin before the upcoming races to Indonesia and Timor Leste. Numbers are limited, so early enrolment is advised.
The popular, biennial Fastnet race, was first held in 1925 in the Irish Sea and is run by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. A severe storm during the 1979 race resulted in the deaths of 17 competitors and the loss or abandonment of 23 yachts. This led to a major overhaul of the rules and the equipment required for the competition.
In the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race of 1998, fierce storms and violent winds battered the fleet with the loss of six sailors and five yachts. A total of 55 sailors were rescued and a subsequent coroner’s inquest made recommendations which have been adopted into the Yachting Australia Special Regulations.
At least 50% of the crew, including the skipper when racing in a Category 1 and at least 30% for Category 2 shall hold a Safety and Sea Survival Course certificate of competence. This course is a pre-requisite for ocean racing, not only to meet the safety requirements but to demonstrate an acceptance of your personal and team responsibilities for safety on board an ocean going boat.
All who are planning to spend time on a boat in open water will find this course stimulating and enlightening. It is not only of interest to sailors but also helps shore crew to understand the safety requirements of offshore sailing and the search and rescue process in the event of an emergency.
Pre-requisites: Your fitness to be able to complete the wet drill and other activities is anticipated.
Course Outline: The Theory component of the syllabus comprises four sections.
1. Yacht preparation
2. Crew preparation
3. Racing & Weather
It will be delivered over two days (approximately 16 hours).
The theory component covers the following elements:
What to Bring
Notebook and pens.
2017-20 AS Special Regulations. Not mandatory but useful to have with you: You can view/download an electronic version of these regulations at: http://www.sailing.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/170601-Special-Regulations-Part-1-Keelboats-1.pdf
Examples of current Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) used on vessels you have set to sea on, as well as experiences to share with other attendees.
Wet Drill will be held on Sunday, so you must bring the following gear:
Footwear must be worn for this course
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