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Lifejackets

Courtesy NSW Waterways Authority

It is a policy of the Wagga Wagga Sailing Club Inc.that all sailors competing in any organised event MUST wear an aproved life jacket at ALL times.
Failure to do so will result in imediate diqualification. In order to comply with NSW, and Wagga Wagga Sailing Club Inc. requirements, all lifejackets must be ‘approved’, and ‘appropriate’. Lifejackets are the most important piece of safety equipment on any vessel and must be in a good condition, accessible and the correct size for the wearer or intended wearer. Penalties may be imposed on the owners and masters of vessels found not carrying them or occupants not wearing them as required.

Type 1 jackets:

Offer protection from drowning by maintaining a person in a safe floating position in the water, with buoyancy behind the head. They are compulsory for all people on board vessels in the open sea. (However, PWC drivers may use a type 2). In remote inland waters where search and rescue times may be longer or when water conditions can turn rough it is recommended that a type 1 lifejacket be worn. There are two kinds of type 1 – those with fixed buoyancy and those which are inflatable, water or manually activated. Inflatable lifejackets must be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications (normally every 12 months). Lifejackets that rely solely on oral inflation for buoyancy are not approved in NSW.

Type 2 or 3 jackets:

Also known as buoyancy vests, these are suitable for aquatic sports where boating activities are usually observable by others and rescue times are likely to be short. They are not designed to maintain a person in a safe floating position. Type 3s are NOT recommended for general boating use because the variety of colours used may make them less visible in search and rescue operations.

Protect yourself from skin cancer: Slip! Slop! Slap!

Slip on sun protective clothing that covers as much of your body as possible.

Slop on SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen liberally to dry skin, at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply every two hours when outdoors.

Slap on a broad brimmed hat that shades your face, neck and ears.

Seek shade

Slide on sunglasses.

First Aid

First Aid is available by qualified Wagga Wagga Sailing Club Inc. first aid officers.
In addition we suggest first aid kits be carried aboard where possible.

Lighting

Sailing vessels underway

Sailing vessels while underway (being motor driven) under power shall exhibit navigation lights applicable to power driven vessels.

Sailing vessels under 7 metres (under sail)

Sailing vessels of less than 7 metres in length, or vessels being rowed, should if practicable exhibit the lights required for sailing vessels over 7 metres. If not they should have ready use of an electric torch or lighted lantern showing a white light which shall be exhibited in sufficient time to prevent collision. Sailing vessels 7 metres to 20 metres

i. A combined lantern, that is at or near the top of the mast and incorporates sidelights and stern light; or

ii. Separate sidelights and stern light.

Bucket

Depending on the size of the vessel, at least one solidly constructed metal, robust canvas or plastic bucket with lanyard attached must be carried. Also it is useful as a safety item for both bailing water out and fighting fires. The bucket can be used as a sea anchor.

Fire Extinguisher

Fire

Fuel fires aboard small vessels spread rapidly and generate intense heat. Few people are able to successfully combat them.The answer to the issue lies in preventing fires rather than fighting them.
Petrol/Other fuel

A number of fires or explosions occur immediately after vessels have been refuelled.By using common sense and taking proper precautions, boating fires can be prevented as follows:
Have an approved fire extinguisher, service it regularly and know how to use it.
Keep the bilge, engine compartment and engine clean and free of combustible materials.
Check engine compartments are properly ventilated.
Be careful when using fuel stoves and lamps
- don’t store your extinguisher close to the stove or engine compartment.
Check your fuel system regularly for leaks.
Check the electrical system for faults and keep all components in a clean state.
Don’t fill your fuel caddies in the boat, take them ashore when fuelling.
Clean up fuel spills quickly.

Give Way Rules

Sailing vessels and sailboards

When two sailing vessels have wind on different sides, the vessel with wind on the port side gives way.

When both craft have wind on the same side, the vessel which is to windward shall keep out of the way of the vessel which is to leeward.
Note: If a collision appears inevitable, the skipper of each vessel must take proper action to avert the collision.

 

 

 

 

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