Safety at Sea

"We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds." Aristotle Onassis
"We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds." Aristotle Onassis

AP | March 9, 2013

"Los Angeles | A sailor died and five others were rescued after abandoning a racing boat that lost its steering capability . . .
The death came nearly a year after four sailors died when their yacht crashed during a race from Southern California to Mexico . . .
That same month, five other sailors died in the waters off Northern California . . . Three sailors survived . . . ”


Accidents do happen.  The difference between Surviving and Thriving is Training and Preparation.

Safety at Sea Courses


US Sailing

Curriculum is certified by US Sailing

• Moderated and taught by experienced, lifelong sailors who include some of the top names in sailing and safety.
• Designed for sailors of all types and levels — cruisers and racers, novices and experts.
• Appropriate for a wide range of boats — small, big, monohulls, multihulls (and powerboats, too) — that are sailed anywhere — near shore and offshore.
• The certifications are good for five years.

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ISAF Offshore Special Regulations

In 2003 ISAF introduced a standard basic syllabus for the training of safety courses in order to establish an International recognized qualification. The training requirements form part of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations. These course are run and established by ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs) and conform to ISAF minimum standards.

Safety at Sea Resources


Rules and Regulations


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This is a link to a Model Training Course Offshore Personal Survival
With acknowledgements to IMO (International Maritime Organisation), AYF (Australian Yachting Federation) and RYA (Royal Yachting Association) whose publications have been consulted in the preparation of Appendix G.

International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974

The SOLAS Convention in its successive forms is generally regarded as the most important of all international treaties concerning the safety of merchant ships. The first version was adopted in 1914, in response to the Titanic disaster, the second in 1929, the third in 1948, and the fourth in 1960. The 1974 version includes the tacit acceptance procedure.

USCG Navigation Ctr


This is a link to the USCG amalgamation of the current International and Inland Navigation Rules. Text unique to either is set apart in side-by-side columns or in square brackets; unique Inland Rules text is also italicized, e.g. [International text on the left | Inland text italicized and on the right].  Best used when you have good internet access.

USCS Navigation Rules


This is a link to the USCG handbook (ISBN: 9780160925665), which supersedes Commandant Instruction 16772.2D, Navigation Rules: International-Inland*, is a compendium, produced by the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Standards Branch, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC, of the:
• International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS);
• Inland Navigation Rules (33 CFR 83);
• their respective technical annexes (33 CFR 84-90);
• COLREGS Demarcation Lines (33 CFR 80);
• Vessel Bridge-to-Bridge Radiotelephone Regulations, (33 CFR 26);
• Vessel Traffic Management Regulations (33 CFR 161); and,
• various other pertinent provisions of the U.S. Code and Code of Federal Regulations regarding compliance and penalties associated with the Navigation Rules.

The Offshore Racing Rule (ORR)

The ORR is administered by the Offshore Racing Association (ORA). ORA and US SAILING, the national authority for sailing in the United States, are both responsible for its implementation. The ORR is an objective rule. Its ratings are based on full measurement of all the speed-related features of sailboats and on a Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) that calculates the speed potential of each boat at any combination of wind speed and course direction.


ISAF International Rules of Racing 2013-16 ONLINE RULES DOCUMENTS

ISAF has established a single internet address at which readers will find links to all the online rules documents mentioned [referenced] in this book. Those referenced documents are listed on this website. Links to other rules documents will also be provided at that address. The address is:

Offshore Special Regs

The Offshore Special Regulation Handbook by Alan Green

The ISAF Offshore Special Regulations first came into being in 1970 as minimum equipment standards in offshore yacht racing. Since then they have developed to become a comprehensive and valuable source of reference for all who race and cruise offshore. In this book Alan Green outlines the background to the regulations and explains how to interpret and apply them.  ISBN-10: 0713669772