Schedule 1 Safety

In addition to the minimum requirements of CAT “C”, the following are required for this offshore event. Please print off the PDF checklist for your own use and all boats will be scrutineered and signed off prior to the race. Each boat will be photographed for safety purposes.
  1. Please note that for a Category C certificate of fitness to be valid for night time sailing, the lifejackets need to be a minimum of 150N. It is highly recommended an inflatable 150N lifejacket be worn during night time hours.
  2. (a) 2 x Life-buoys with whistle and drogue attached.
    (b) A Self-Igniting light of 45-minute duration to be attached to at least one life buoy.
  3. 4 (in total) x unexpired approved hand-held red distress flares.
  4. 4 (in total) x unexpired approved red rocket parachute flares.
  5. 2 (In total) x waterproof torches including full set of spare batteries and a spare bulb. Spare bulb and batteries to be kept in a watertight container.
  6. A second VHF aerial or a VHF Handheld.
  7. Marine VHF radio with all marine channels.
  8. Radio capable of receiving weather reports.
  9. Spare compass, which may be a handheld compass.
  10. Suitable navigation charts for the voyage or area of operation. Up-to-date charts, corrected in accordance with the South African Notices to Mariners, or renewed every six years.
  11. Full set of sails, including a storm jib. Where a luff groove is fitted, there shall be an alternate system to attach the storm jib to the stay.
  12. At least one litre of drinking water per person per 100 nautical miles passage length or range in a separate, portable container.
  13. SAMSA approved self-inflating life raft capable of carrying all persons on board and stowed on deck or in a readily accessible position. Life raft to be within manufacturer’s service intervals.
  14. No hatches forward of the maximum beam may open inwards.
  15. Companionways must be secure in the event of a capsize. Washboards must be tied to the vessel. Access to the interior must still be usable with the companionway closed to the level of the gunwale.
  16. Safety harness jackstays on each side of the vessel, installed so as to allow the maximum fore and aft movement of the crew without unclipping.
  17. Safety harness attachment points in the cockpit and/or helming position, properly secured with backing plates.
  18. Engine, suitable for marine use and properly installed.
  19. The vessel shall carry sufficient fuel to charge batteries and run instruments for the duration of their passage.
  20. Two batteries of at least 40 amp hour capacity each – BATTERIES TO BE SECURELY INSTALLED.
  21. Stove if onboard to be securely installed against capsize and capable of being used in a seaway.
  22. Bunks, securely installed with LEE CLOTHS where necessary.
  23. Softwood plug or bungs of suitable size to be attached to each skin fitting, except for the log, echo sounder, and propeller shaft where these have suitable closing arrangements.
  24. 2 stout buckets with lanyards.
  25. At least 2 manual bilge pumps (in total), one operated from below deck and one from above deck with bilge pump handles to be stored as close to the pump as possible.
  26. No bilge pump may discharge into any cockpit unless that cockpit opens aft to the sea. Bilge pumps may not discharge into any cockpit drains.
  27. Copy of the Mayday procedure and the ship’s call sign to be displayed near the radio.
  28. Barometer.
  29. Emergency knife, readily at hand.
  30. One black cone shape to be hoisted when a sailing vessel is under power.
  31. Automatic position fixing device such as a GPS.
  32. Echo Sounder.
  33. Speed or distance measuring instrument.
  34. Bosun’s chair or suitable climbing harness.
  35. Boat hook.
  36. Foghorn.
  37. 1 x Safety harness, with crotch strap, per crew member.
  38. A heaving line, preferably of a floating type of line, with a monkey’s fist spliced to one end or a tennaquoit ring.
  39. A diagram of the location of safety equipment prominently displayed.
  40. Diagram of the location of all through hull fittings prominently displayed.
  41. A Satellite Telephone is highly recommended.
  42. Boats to be fitted with an escape hatch / escape hatches, of suitable dimensions, to be used to evacuate the boat / provide access to the interior of the boat, in the event of a capsize, or approved alternative means of exiting the upturned vessel.
  43. It is highly recommended that storm sails should either be a dayglow colour or at least have a large identifiable dayglow spot on them.
  44. It is required that all competing boats have all their STORM SAILS hoisted as they exit FBYC when proceeding through the harbour entrance to the start.