Category 2 Racing: Transition for Skippers
Competing in a Cateory 2 ocean yacht race for the first time can be a little daunting for owners/skippers who will need to address a range of certification requirements in areas where they may have little prior experience. This program has therefore been developed to assist experienced skippers make the transition from active Bay Sailing to Cat 2 Ocean Racing such that, with suitable effort, they are in a position to participate in the ORCV's next season of Offshore races.
The program includes a half day session which reviews Cat 2 racing requirements including practical advice on how those requirements are best met. This course will assist active boat owners to navigate through eligibility and entry requirements, including:
- Australian Sailing Special Regulations for Category 2 races, including Stability, Safety Equipment
- Online Entry, including Offshore Boat Register, Crew Builder
- Crew Experience and Training
Ongoing advice and support is also offered focussed on the practicalities of some of the more technical areas such as construction standards and yacht stability certification.
The course will describe the ORCV’s boat and crew requirements for entry acceptance in a Cat 2 Ocean Race, provide information on where to get advice and support to meet those requirements, and initiates the development of plans to reach Cat 2 standards by the start of the upcoming season in October.
This is a select program designed to meet the needs of active and experienced skippers who wish to upgrade their boats and crews with the intention of entering Cat 2 ocean races in the upcoming summer ocean racing season. The ORCV recognises that some skippers may also wish to involve a second experienced member of crew in the program.
Owners who have completed the course will:
- Be briefed on ORCV offshore sailing program;
- Gain understanding of the conditions they can expect to experience when participating in ORCV’s Category 2 races. (ie what they need to prepare for);
- Gain practical insight to key “fit for purpose” issues as they relate to their boat and its equipment;
- Receive documentation setting out ORCV’s requirements for Cat 2 races including:
- additional equipment requirements which would not normally be carried on Cat 5N racing boat;
- Crew qualifications and training.
- Receive specific advice covering select requirements where compliance is not an easy/self evident matter. (The list says you need rockets…. Ok buy them in a shop… but some things are not quite so easy). Discussion of the more tricky areas will cover whats involved, indicative costs, suppliers…. in areas including:
- Communications equipment (radio or satellite phone);
- Stability - What's involved in getting the necessary certification. Who to contact;
- Scantings, ABS, and other miscellaneous paperwork;
- Insurance. ORCV requirements, options and insurer’s requirements;
- Be briefed on other certification requirements (Crew Safety & Sea Survival, Radio Operators, First Aid) and available training courses.
- Be offered defined levels of ongoing support
- Preliminary review of boat, preferably before start of course.
- Access to a “go to person” for advice on technical matters - Stability, communications, and miscellaneous areas where experience counts (eg how do I arrange compliant hatch closing ? emergency steering ?)
Briefing notes will be provided at the conclusion of the formal session.
What to bring
Participants will need to bring:
- An electronic (not on smart phone) or printed copy of the Australian Sailing Special Regulations Part 1 (Blue book) 2017-22 which may be found on http://www.sailing.org.au/sport-services/safety/special-regulations/
- Writing equipment and paper pad
Very experienced ORCV offshore skippers.
Dates, Locations, Times, Duration, Fees
- Registration: 12:45pm
- Session time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
- Sunday 29 July, 2018 - Course work component of program
Location: ORCV new Office facilities at the State Sailing Centre, 3 Aquatic Drive, Albert Park, Vic 3206
Fee: $100. Participants completing this course will receive a 50% discount on their base entry fee for the next Melbourne to Stanley ocean yacht race.