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New Safety Rules?

Anyone aware of the changes coming?

Seems like some costly requirements are being pondered.

Changes coming to Offshore Racing and PHRF | fbyc.net
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Re: New Safety Rules?

Can't really be surprised, given the losses of lives and boats during offshore races this past year.
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Re: New Safety Rules?

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6. Each boat must have a permanently installed manual bilge pump which is operable from the
7. The boat shall have USCG approved sound devices, flares and fire extinguisher.
8. For PHRF Baywide, existing lifelines that meet PHRF standards are grandfathered but replacements cockpit with handle attached via catch or lanyard.
9. For PHRF Baywide, the engine must have fuel to run at the specified speed for 4 hours. For
For PHRF Baywide, a 11.5” radar reflector and suitable anchor chain and line shall be carried. must be to the new standards. Therefore if your old vinyl-covered lifeline fails it must be replaced with either bare stainless or HMPE of the size specified in the regulations. outboards with integral tanks and battery outboards, spare fuel and battery may be necessary.
Pretty sloppy proof reading in the above.. I think it should read:

6. Each boat must have a permanently installed manual bilge pump which is operable from the cockpit with handle attached via catch or lanyard.

7. The boat shall have USCG approved sound devices, flares and fire extinguisher.

8. For PHRF Baywide, existing lifelines that meet PHRF standards are grandfathered but replacements must be to the new standards. Therefore if your old vinyl-covered lifeline fails it must be replaced with either bare stainless or HMPE of the size specified in the regulations.

9. For PHRF Baywide, the engine must have fuel to run at the specified speed for 4 hours. For outboards with integral tanks and battery outboards, spare fuel and battery may be necessary.

10. For PHRF Baywide, a 11.5” radar reflector and suitable anchor chain and line shall be carried.


Agree that this was inevitable given the experiences of the last season's events...
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Re: New Safety Rules?

Here's some background info, FYI (Safety-at-Sea) and the full list is here: http://media.ussailing.org/AssetFactory.aspx?vid=22647

October 23, 2013
Proposed U.S. Safety Equipment Requirements Approved by US Sailing Board of Directors

US Sailing’s Safety at Sea Committee has conducted an overhaul of ISAF’s Offshore Special Regulations (OSR), which describes the gear required to be used on sailboats when racing in most local and offshore races in the U.S. The U.S. Safety Equipment Requirements (USSER) document is intended to be used by race organizers, owners and boat inspectors. The proposed updates were approved by US Sailing’s Board of Directors last weekend at the organization’s Annual Meeting in Captiva, Fla. on Saturday, October 19.

Based on some excellent initial work by the Northern California Ocean Racing Council in 2012, the USSER sub-committee has completed an initial list of equipment and boat characteristics that will serve the needs of the majority of coastal and offshore racers in 2014.

The USSERs will be implemented by the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race, a preeminent offshore race. A US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar will take place March 15-16, 2014 in Newport, R.I. The seminar will provide details on the new requirements to prospective racers.

The key differences between the US Safety Equipment Requirements (USSER) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) OSRs are as follows:

1. The requirements are easier for yacht owners and pre-race inspectors to understand.
2. The requirements are self-contained and do not refer to external documents.
3. The number of race categories has been reduced from seven to three: Nearshore, Coastal, and Ocean. Race organizers can then add or delete gear requirements based on the nature of their individual races.
4. The requirements are more specific about certain pieces of gear that lacked definition in the OSRs.
5. The OSRs contained both recommendations and requirements which proved confusing to users, and which increased the size of the document. The recommendations have been removed from the new version.
6. The requirements are far more compact, and can easily be included in their entirety in a Notice of Race or on a yacht club website.

Chuck Hawley, US Sailing's Safety at Sea Committee Chairman said, "One of the functions of the Safety at Sea Committee is to promote equipment requirements that are appropriate for the conditions, easily verified, and not excessive. I believe that the new USSERs meet those criteria, and will serve offshore sailors well. We encourage all Organizing Authorities to use them, edited if the local conditions warrant, so that races in the U.S. are sailed under consistent equipment rules."

As with any standards document, the USSER will be modified over time.
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Re: New Safety Rules?

There are some work-arounds. For lifelines, instead of replacing the ones that are covered, I understand I can just remove the plastic covering to "uncoated stainless steel." There are some funny things such as a MOB pole. What do you do if you're single-handing? Yet, it still needs to be stored on deck and and ready to use...
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Re: New Safety Rules?

I think it's a good direction. Having the CG ban racing is a scary thing.
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Re: New Safety Rules?

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Pretty sloppy proof reading in the above.. I think it should read:

6. Each boat must have a permanently installed manual bilge pump which is operable from the cockpit with handle attached via catch or lanyard.

7. The boat shall have USCG approved sound devices, flares and fire extinguisher.

8. For PHRF Baywide, existing lifelines that meet PHRF standards are grandfathered but replacements must be to the new standards. Therefore if your old vinyl-covered lifeline fails it must be replaced with either bare stainless or HMPE of the size specified in the regulations.

9. For PHRF Baywide, the engine must have fuel to run at the specified speed for 4 hours. For outboards with integral tanks and battery outboards, spare fuel and battery may be necessary.

10. For PHRF Baywide, a 11.5” radar reflector and suitable anchor chain and line shall be carried.


Agree that this was inevitable given the experiences of the last season's events...
Uh...does anyone really think that these safety precautions are unreasonable? Especially #7, which I thought was required of all recreational vessels over a certain length, anyway?!?!?

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Re: New Safety Rules?

The 2015 requirement for a handheld VHF with integral GPS strikes me as a little over the top but the rest seem fairly reasonable.
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"...over a certain length" is the key distinction. These will apply no matter the size of the vessel.
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Re: New Safety Rules?

The changes don't seem very different from what has already been in effect for races around here. Based on the OP's link, it looks to me like we'll need to get a lanyard to attach the pump handle to something in the cockpit, ($0.75?) lash a sheath knife to the binnacle somewhere ($49.50?), and get a new handheld radio a year from now.($125.47, what with inflation?) If I'm going offshore and need to buy an 8-man liferaft - that's another story.
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