Further to my e-breeze article in October 2017 concerning safety and crew declarations and now following the recent protest against competitors being scored DSQ. The Sailing Committee is keen to clarify our position on these matters.
Unfortunately we have not yet received a written report from the recent protest hearing. I can advise that the protest was up held and the disqualified boats have been reinstated for that specific event.
I and SC are reluctant to comment further before we can publish the protest hearing out come and reasons for the decision.
Meanwhile I share again my eBreeze article form October 2017.
“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 DSQ. Over the past few week 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 is required prior to any series or event.
If you are uncertain of what is required please contact myself or Allicia directly.
Skippers are reminded they must lodge boat safety declaration with the Office. Most club races are covered by 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 here.
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.”