NSW Maritime Q & A from the BSC Information Night
Click on the link below to download the PDF following questions posed at a BSC Information Night meeting at the club on Wednesday 27th February. Appended to them is a brief summary of the answers from the speakers, NSW Maritime's Boating Services Officers Dave Smith and Summer Tonsen.
The Club actively encourages safe sailing. Think safety, sail safely. The Club is very proud of its excellent safety record, however we believe this can only be maintained if we actively pursue a range of initiatives aimed at minimising the risk to the sailors and boats.
The Cruising Regulations are also referred to as the Green Book. All boats participating in Club cruising events must comply with these regulations. There are several special regulations categories and these apply to different types of cruising events. These categories are Inshore, Short Coastal, Long Coastal and Ocean.
Inshore applies to all Club cruises in sheltered waters such as Pittwater and Cowan Creek; Short Coastal usually consists of a coastal passage, by day and may include some night sailing; Long Coastal usually consists of a series of offshore coastal passages (legs) where boats must be self sufficient for at least seven days; and Ocean are generally trans-oceanic events, where boats must be completely self sufficient for extended periods of time. For further detail please refer to the Green Book.
Each boat participating in Club cruising events requires a valid and current Green Book audit certificate. Although most audits are conducted by accredited Club auditors over the four Saturdays prior to the Season Opening Day, audits may be arranged through the Sailing Office as mutually convenient. Green Book audit certificates are current for 12 months from the date of completion of a successful audit. New Members who have joined the Club after Opening Day can contact the Sailing Office to arrange an audit on any given Saturday.
An audit can be as simple or as complicated as owners wish it to be. Owners are asked to submit a completed Audit Form to the Sailing Office prior to the audit so that neither the volunteer auditor nor owner, waste time in conducting the audit. The audit forms are available from reception or alternatively, they can be downloaded here.
It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that all equipment and any related documentation for the relevant category is on board and that the equipment is laid out to facilitate the audit process. If you need advice on how to set-up your boat with the appropriate equipment please contact the Sailing Office to arrange for an auditor to contact you and provide expert advice or click here for safety and equipment audit section of the website.
"The safety of the boat and her crew is the sole and, inescapable responsibility of the owner, or owner's representative, who shall do their best to ensure that the boat is fully found, thoroughly seaworthy and manned by experienced crew who have undergone appropriate training and, physically fit to face bad weather."
Neither the use and application of the Special Regulations, nor an audit, in any way diminishes the complete and unlimited responsibility of the owner or owner's representative.
It is the owner's responsibility to ensure that all crew know the location of equipment on the boat, and how to use or deploy the equipment, for example how to use flares, wear and use PFDs, set storm sails, and know how to conduct man overboard recoveries. Crew training is part of the process of achieving safe sailing.
All equipment for all crew necessary to comply with the Special Regulations category of event, as notified in the Sailing Instructions or Notice of Race, shall be maintained on the boat for the event at all times. Additional equipment may be specified by the Club for particular events. Some events require additional crew qualifications, for example, First Aid, Safety and Sea Survival Courses, and crew experience.
Club Safety and equipment audit information
Pointers for a successful Equipment Audit
Ensure that the correct equipment is on board and then complete an audit form which available from the Website or Sailing Office.
- lodge the signed form and make an appointment with the Sailing Office
- only boats which have lodged a form will be allocated an appointment.
- at the appointed time have all required equipment on display.
Previously audited yachts may enter RPAYC (only) Cat 7 events by completing a Statutory Declaration.
Green Book (Cruising) audit certificates expire on the anniversary of an audit.
Check dates on Fire Extinguishers, medical kit, flares, EPIRBs, PLBs now.