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Re: New Safety Rules?
Perhaps it is time that all Cat 0 - Cat 1 -Cat 2 Off shore races additionally carry a parachute anchor and rode for your area..
If they had off had a parachute anchor with a inspected boat builder certified Samson post then all arguments would not have transpired as they would have had the time stated to be rescued.
What is a parachute anchor.
New Zealand Maritime law now requires that boats venturing into the open seas must carry a Para Sea Anchor as part of the safety equipment on board. Plus a SSB Radio. Race organisers require 2 certified first aid 1 with advanced certification crew or 1 First aid cert crew and a registered medical GP. as crew for each boat.
Not just a sound investment - but a life saver.
A large underwater parachute manufactured from high strength materials, impervious to sea water and resistant to wear.
The Sea Anchor is operated when deployed over the vessels bow, where it opens beneath the oceans surface. Its resistance brings the vessels head to sea, providing stability and safety.
Providing Self Sufficiency
A Sea Anchor provides a skipper with a self-sufficiency that equips them with security, peace of mind and the confidence to take on the challenging crisis that is happening to them .
Numb from fatigue, a sailor can place himself and his crew in severe danger. This is when the Sea Anchor comes into its own. Set the Sea Anchor, rest, get the brain back in working order and live to fight another day / night . Beating into heavy seas places wear and tear upon your boat and crew. Deploy a Sea Anchor and wait for better conditions.
A Sea Anchor prevents drift when deployed enabling you to keep on station / the water mass night and day until conditions improve or until help arrives..
Many boats are lost when, initially disabled, they drift out of control and run aground. A Sea Anchor forces the bow back into the seas and keeps you off the rocks / shoals / bars / sand banks / danger zonesuntil help arrives.
With sails down or engine off, a vessel loses much stability sideways! A Sea Anchor, forcing the bow back into the seas, restores stability while you bail, pump, rest or repair.
Finding land safely
Making a landfall by night is difficult and many vessels have hit reefs or rocks in the hours of darkness. Deploy a Sea Anchor and wait to enter port by the light of day or until help arrives..