On numerous occasions our Sailing Coordinator, Allicia, and I have reminded competitors that crew and safety declarations are required for boats entering club events - and we have made it clear that failure to do so may result in being scored DSQ. Over the past few weeks warnings were announced and in my case I named the boats that had not completed a crew declaration.
The decision to enforce RMYS SIs is not taken lightly. However, recent discussion concerning the Ports Marine Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 has reminded us that RMYS should be proactive when seeking to ensure crew safety. These declarations are seen as a positive step toward RMYS fulfilling its obligations.
Please ensure you complete the necessary declarations before sailing. Specifically a season Safety Declaration and a race day Crew Declaration, which are both required prior to any series or event.
If you are uncertain of what is required please contact Allicia or me directly.
Skippers are reminded they must lodge a boat safety declaration with the office. Most club races are covered by a Category 6 declaration. However, for some events a higher category declaration will be required, in these cases the specific requirement will be in the NOR. Skippers are also reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure the boat and crew satisfy the safety requirements when racing.
Safety declarations should be submitted using the current Australian Sailing 2017-2021 SR Equipment Audit Forms.
Forms can be downloaded from the links below or please contact the office.
The prime purpose of the Crew Declaration is to provide crew details if a recovery operation is required between the time the boat leaves the pen or mooring and the time she returns after the race.
With this in mind crew declarations need to be completed before racing. Alterations to an existing declaration are allowed after the event however, this does not imply a declaration is not required before the event. Please refer to RMYS SI’s V5.0 clauses 1.5(e) and 1.5(f)
Please be assured that the Sailing Committee and General Committee are united in the goal of ensuring crew safety.