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We hold regular safety drills for
all crew members, covering the following vital safety topics:
Check that your EPIRB is correctly mounted, dry, fully serviceable, and correctly in-date. Become fluent with it. Learn how to operate it
Check that your 6-Man liferaft is serviceable, and in-date. Learn how to prepare it for deployment
Lifejackets and BA's are provided.
Automated lights are provided for night time passages.
Study the weather
for 2 days before departure. Check forecasts for
stations en-route. Know your limitations. Plan arrival procedures for alternate ports of refuge. Sail safe!
Plan your journey carefully. Plan ahead for shallows, shipping, tidal currents, lee shores, navigational markers, and arrival at your destination.
Lifelines must be worn on all night passages, and at all times when sea conditions are rough. We wear lifelines throughout the winter months.
Set the sails to meet the conditions on ther day. If you have too much sail, you will need too much rudder. Keep the boat in balance, and reduce stress on all components.
Understand your VHF radio. Make a radio-check call every 3 months. Pass transit reports on longer passages.
Use a restraining line when the boom is positioned outboard. Also, it may be worth keeping the boom near centred when inexperienced crew are aboard.
Wear warm waterproof clothing, with hi-grip water resistant footwear. Note that wind-chill (particularly when wet) can rapidly lead to dehabilitation.
Practice your Man Overboard skills regularly. Work together to pinpoint the casualty, start the engine, and execute recovery..
The skipper carries an additional PLB (Personal Location Beacon). If activated, this device will transmit a distress signal via sattelite to alert the emergency services.
Two digital electronic flares are provided. These flares are designed to be seen at a distance of 8 miles, and have a duration of 6 hours.
We carry a selection of ballistic
flares, including high altitude flares, and orange smoke generators.
Whistle is located at the Nav Station.
First Aid Kit is located in port side aft cabin
A whistle, VHF radio, and one single flare are provided to accompany the tender.