Safety

On Water Safety

SAFE BOATING POLICY
Safety Equipment – Flares
Safety Equipment – Distress Beacons

The South of Perth Yacht Club encourages safe boating practices among its members. Boat owners are required at all times to comply with the regulations and conditions of the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, as set out in the Marine Safety Rules and Regulations, together with any related statutory requirements.

All participants in racing competition conducted by the Race Committee of SoPYC are to comply with the Racing Rules of Sailing as well as the YA Special Regulations set out in the “Blue Book”, together with the sailing instructions issued for the event or Sailing Rules contained within the SoPYC Sailing Instructions and “Red Book” Notice of Race.

The attention of sailors is drawn to the Safety Issues segment of the “Red Book” and to the requirement to complete a Equipment Compliance Declaration when nominating for each sailing season.

All participants in racing and cruising events conducted by SoPYC are directed to Section 1, 1.01.1 of the YA Special Regulations:

“It is the purpose of these special regulations to establish uniform minimum equipment, accommodation and qualification standards for racing boats and as a guide for cruising boats.”

and 1.02 1:

“The safety of a boat and crew is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the owner, or the 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 are physically fit to face bad weather. He must be satisfied as to the soundness of hull, spars, rigging, sails and all gear. He shall ensure that all safety equipment is properly maintained and stowed and that the crew know where it is kept and how it is used. Attention is drawn to 2.04 that specifies the crew experience required for some races.”