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Event Specific Safety Notices for incorporation in the Race instructions

Event Specific Safety Notices for incorporation in the Race instructions

The text below must be included in the Race Instructions. In addition, discipline specific notices may also need to be included. These are shown in the tabs on the left. You also need to include a general safety notice that can be found here. http://www.windsurfingnz.org/content/safety-notice-competitors

1. INTRODUCTION

The safety of competitors, volunteers, & the public is of utmost importance. The organisers of this event takes this responsibility seriously, and have taken formal steps to ensure the race environment is as safe as possible. Windsurfing and windsurf competitions are inherently risky.

2. EVENT SAFETY OFFICER

The Event Safety Officer is in charge of safety at the race site. Any instructions issued by the safety officer, verbal or written, must be adhered to. The penalty for non-compliance is disqualification.

3. SAFETY INFORMATION

A skippers meeting will be held before the competition commences. For multi day events, a skippers meeting will occur at least once and at the start of each day.

All competitors must attend the skippers meeting to hear the safety briefing.

A notice board will be displayed at the event site showing a map of the area and indications areas where hazards may exist. The notice board also includes phone numbers of people/organisations that may need to be called in case of emergency. It will also include an up to date Metservice forecast.

4. FUNDAMENTAL RULES OF COMPETITION

Competitors attention is drawn to ISAF Funboard Racing Rules (FRR) 2001, Part 1, Section 1. The pertinent sections are replicated herein:
Safety
1.1 HELPING THOSE IN DANGER
A board or competitor shall give all possible help to any person or vessel in danger.
1.2 PERSONAL BUOYANCE
Each competitor is individually responsible for wearing personal buoyancy adequate for the conditions. A wetsuit is a minimum that must be worn to meet this requirement. Shorts & rash shirts are unacceptable – you must wear a wetsuit. Penalty for non-compliance – disqualification .

5. SIGNING ON & OFF THE WATER

It is critical that the organisers know at all times who is, or is not, at the race venue. In order to manage this, the following system is to be used:
See the relevant sections under the event specific tabs on the left for further information.

6. TETHERING RIGS

All rigs present at the race site must be under control at all times. This might include, but is not limited to:
▪ Being attached to a board.
▪ Tethering of the rig to a tree or stake/screwdriver in the ground.

7. THE WEATHER FORECASTS & YOUR ABILITY TO MANAGE WEATHER CONDITIONS

Located on the briefing board is the days MetService Recreational Marine Weather Forecast. Make sure you read this, and in combination with observing the current wind/water conditions on the race course, carefully assess your ability to manage them safely. DO NOT LEAVE THE BEACH IF YOU ARE NOT CONFIDENT IN DEALING WITH THE CONDITIONS.

8. CONSIDERATION OF OTHER BEACH USERS

No competitor/boat to exceed 5kts within 200 meter’s of shore.

9. OTHER CRAFT ON THE RACE COURSE

We do not have exclusive use of any stretch of water that races are held on. There will be other craft on the course at some stages of a race – be aware of them and treat them as you would during any other meeting of two vessels at sea. STANDARD RIGHT OF WAY RULES APPLY to any situation whereby a competitors board is in proximity with another non-competing craft. Specifically:
a) Any vessel traveling a registered route (ie. a ferry, barge etc.) ALWAYS has right of way – ALWAYS keep clear!
b) Power should give way to sail (don’t force the issue though as you will lose). In reality, ASSUME the other vessel HAS NOT SEEN YOU and KEEP CLEAR of them!
c) If the other vessel is bigger than you, and, even if you have right of way, use common sense - KEEP CLEAR!

10. OBSTACLES ON THE RACE COURSE & RACE ENVIRONMENT

All possible efforts will be made to make you aware of any significant restrictions on where you can sail during the Race & Safety briefing. They will also be highlighted on the briefing board.

11. RIGHT OF WAY RULES

See the relevant sections under the event specific tabs on the left for further information.

12. ON THE WATER ACCIDENTS

In event of a collision, or equipment failure, or extreme wind/water conditions that result in your inability to continue sailing:
a) STAY WITH YOUR BOARD! This will provide flotation until help arrives.
b) Hail down the nearest sailor (or the start boat if possible), inform them of the collision/equipment failure and any damage to person(s) or equipment.
c) IF YOU ARE HAILED YOU MUST ATTEND, render assistance if necessary, and then REPORT THE INCIDENT TO THE START BOAT. Note that such acts of heroism will be rewarded with redress (per ISAF FRR 2001 62.1 part c & Rule 3 of this document).
d) The committee will, if necessary, abandon the race and immediately coordinate assistance of the person(s) in the water.

13. FIRST AID KITS

A first aid kit will located at the race site in a location to be identified at briefing.

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