2015 Devonport Race- Approval granted for use of satellite phones.

The ORCV is pleased to announce that Yachting Victoria have granted approval for a variation to the Cat 2 Special Regulations for use of a satellite phone in lieu of HF radio for the 2015 Melbourne to Devonport race.
This approval comes subject to the following requirements:
• This is solely for the 2015 Melbourne to Devonport Race
•that  any boat carrying a Sat phone in lieu of HF radio demonstrate speed dialling to AMSA and the ORCV Race Director phone
• That any boats using a sat phone also have a fully set up VHF DSC radio (MMSI number, GPS enabled and capable of making distress alert calls as well as sending and receiving a DSC position report with another DSC station.)
Boats that already meet the Cat 2 requirement for a permanently installed HF transceiver and a permanently installed VHF transceiver are not required to carry a Sat phone and must use their HF transceiver for sing-on and position reporting radio schedules.