Changes to the Special Regulations
Before any discussion around Yachting Australia Safety regulations, we remind boat owners that they are obliged to also meet the State Government's legislative requirements for marine safety. Refer here for Victorian Recreational Boating Requirements and here for their fact sheet which includes an equipment list. Sometimes they have additional/differing requirements, eg liferaft/dinghy for >12m coastal or off shore.
Yachting Australia Special Regulations became effective 1st July 2013 and will be valid until 30th June 2017.
Refer to AS Special Regulations for details.
Yachting Australia have also released the following amendments which affect keel boat racing. Refer http://www.sailing.org.au/sport-services/safety/special-regulations/ for details.
Amendment 1 - Toilet, bunks and galley effective 5th March 2014.
Use of bucket for cat 3,4,N plus bunks and galley no longer required for Cat 4
Amendment 4 - Medical Kit and GPS effective 1st September 2014.
Medical Kit: Prochloperazine 25mg suppositories (Stemetil), which were required for Cat 1 and 2 races are no longer being manufactured by Sanofis. The requirement for boats to carry Prochloperazine suppositories has now been deleted.
GPS: For Category 1 and 2 races
(a) From 1 July 2017 a yacht shall be equipped with an EPFS – Electronic Positioning Fixing System- (e.g. GPS) capable of recording a man overboard position within 10 seconds and monitoring that position.
(b) It is recommended that a yacht shall be equipped with an EPFS (e.g. GPS) capable of recording a man overboard position within 10 seconds and monitoring that position.
Amendment 5 - Fire Extinguishers withdrawn 19th June 2016
Yachting Australia has decided to withdraw and review the recent amendment in relation to Fire Extinguishers. With its withdrawal, YA will review how to address the current ambiguity in the Special Regs, what an appropriate servicing schedule may be, and how much of the Standard needs to be applied, with a view to issuing an Amendment in future.