Safe Boating Policy
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 Transport, 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 (RRS) as well as the AS Special Regulations set out in the ‘Blue Book’, together with the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions issued for each event.
The attention of sailors is drawn to this Safety Section segment of the ‘Red Book’ and to the requirement to complete an AS Equipment Audit Form 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 AS Special Regulations:
“The purpose of these Special Regulations is to establish uniform minimum equipment, accommodation and training standards for racing boats and as a guide for cruising boats.”
and 1.02 1:
“The safety of a boat and her crew is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the person in charge 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. He shall also nominate a person to take over the responsibilities of the person in charge in the event of his incapacitation.”