Forms that you need for racing.
The Yachting Australia (YA) Special Regulations ( SR’s) set out the criteria for yachts, their equipment and crews that are required when racing under YA endorsed races ( all ORCV races). They are updated every three years and are published the YA “Blue Book” but now are also available on-line.
The on-line version is always up to date and any errors that find their way into the printed version do get corrected but the Blue Book still needs to be carried on board!
Though the rules are in force for the following three years, YA does from time to time make interim amendments that in some cases apply immediately so it is a good idea to keep a weather eye on these amendments.
The latest version of the SR’s come into force on the 1st of July 2013. Focusing on category 1 and 2 races, there are many changes, some minor but some of more significance so this coming winter would be a good time to make sure you are all ready to go for next summer by reading up on the latest changes. Below is summary of most of the key changes that are likely to be of interest to most boats but it is certainly a good idea to read them in more detail for yourself.
1. Hull Construction
All new boats made after 1st July 2010 must be built in accordance with ISO 12215 and other past standards (EC Cat A, ABS) will no longer apply (see also Amendment 7). Older boats are grandfathered into the previous standards so no problem there! Keep in mind, that where significant repairs or modifications are made to a boat, they also must be certified to the boat’s original construction standard.
For boats built after 2010, minimum hatch dimensions were defined and in the new SR’s these have been specified in even more detail.
The prohibition from using carbon fibre in stanchions has been removed.
Lots of changes here! YA has acknowledged the growing role of satellite phones but this technology, though now being recommended, has not replaced the requirement to have HF radio for Cat 1/2 racing. New HF radios after 1st July 2013 must be DSC (Digital Selective Calling) capable so if buying a new radio be warned! Previously installed non-DSC radios are still fine. VHF only can be used for Cat2 races where it is clear that adequate coverage is available throughout the entire race (getting there but not quite in Bass Strait yet!). For VHF transceivers, DSC is recommended recognising the likely increasing usage of this technology in the future. Any new VHF radio fitted after 1st of July 20123 needs to incorporate DSC.
5. Fire Extinguishers
These need to be serviced or tested in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
6. Medical kit
A number of new recommendations have been made together with lots of changes to the items that need to be carried in the medical kit so best to check it out for yourself.
7. Radar reflector, Fog horns
After July 2015 an AIS (Automatic Identification System) transponder will be mandatory for Cat 1 and recommended for Cat 2. Clearly the benefits of this new technology are recognised by YA and we will see more of this in future products (e.g. MOB systems, PLB’s that have AIS capability). Prices have really come down here so don’t’ even think about just a receiver system, go for the transponder models.
From July 2015, all GPS’s must be GPS enabled. If your current non-GPS EPIRB unit(s) is coming up for battery replacement, don’t even think about going down that path, since prices have really come down here. Replace it now with a GPS model.
9. Life rafts and Grab Bags
This section has been significantly re-written with many changes covering the life rafts themselves, the equipment to be carried, servicing and storage so it is best to read it for yourself. Also YA is currently looking more carefully at how life rafts are secured to a boat so expect more news in this area very soon!
Spray hoods are now recommended so think about adding one to your current PFD or getting one of the latest models incorporating a spray hood since they will likely become mandatory at some point.
After July 2013, all tethers have to include a middle clip or be of the double (short/long length) variety.
From July 2015, all PLB’s must be GPS enabled. Crew must be trained in their use so make sure all of your crew are current in their SSSC. If you are buying a new GPS/PLB, look for the models that have the maximum number of GPS channels as these are detected more rapidly by the satellites.
Please click here to download a document on installation and operation of the Yellowbrick Tracker
Click HERE for the State Government requirements and procedures to obtain pharmacist authorisation to replenish your Cat1 and Cat2 medical kits.
Here are some pharmacies that we are aware of and who can replenish Cat1 and Cat2 medical kits
Sandringham Amcal Pharmacy
P. Senior & S. Rankin, 95 Station Street, Sandringham, PH 9598 6022, FX 9598 1313
Yarraville Village Pharmacy
If you know of others, please pass that information on to the ORCV office.