New Posts New Posts RSS Feed: Bouyancy aids
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Register Register  Login Login

Bouyancy aids

 Post Reply Post Reply Page  12>
Author
craiggo View Drop Down
Really should get out more
Really should get out more
Avatar

Joined: 01 Apr 04
Location: United Kingdom
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 1810
Post Options Post Options   Quote craiggo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Bouyancy aids
    Posted: 13 Jul 18 at 9:22am
Interesting reading the Merlins recent report on the front page and noting that numerous leading crews were not wearing bouyancy aids. Now I'm not a health and safety killjoy by any means but normally the wearing of buoyancy aids is mandated in the SI's so should these crews have been binned?

Thoughts?
OK 2129
RS200 411
Back to Top
423zero View Drop Down
Really should get out more
Really should get out more


Joined: 08 Jan 15
Location: United Kingdom
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 2213
Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jul 18 at 11:12am
! Yes !  Thumbs Down
They should have been binned, setting a bad example to kids, looks arrogant too.
Back to Top
iGRF View Drop Down
Really should get out more
Really should get out more
Avatar

Joined: 07 Mar 11
Location: Hythe
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 5894
Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jul 18 at 11:20am
Buoyancy aids are a hindrance and should be left to the discretion of the crew, more important should be helmets. It's ludicrous the current situation, crew (including helm) should wear full impact vests and helmets if they're in high performance stuff, buoyancy aids as currently manufactured provide next to no protection, hinder escape from confined situations particularly if down and out is the escape route and without helmets there is no protection against concussion which for sure is a risk as the speeds particularly foiling speeds increase.
Back to Top
Eisvogel View Drop Down
Posting king
Posting king
Avatar

Joined: 09 Dec 16
Location: Birmingham
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 135
Post Options Post Options   Quote Eisvogel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jul 18 at 12:40pm
In the SI it states:

17.1 The wearing of adequate personal buoyancy by all competitors at all times while afloat is strongly recommended. Wet suits and dry suits are not adequate personal buoyancy.
17.2 All competitors under the age of 18 years must wear adequate personal buoyancy at all times whilst afloat. (This amends RRS 40)

So just "strongly recommended"; but it's still stricter that RRS 40:

40 PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES
When flag Y is displayed with one sound before or with the warning signal, competitors shall wear personal flotation devices, except briefly while changing or adjusting clothing or personal equipment. When flag Y is displayed ashore, this rule applies at all times while afloat. Wet suits and dry suits are not personal flotation devices.

Our club SIs state

Competitors must wear adequate personal buoyancy at all times when on the water. Neither a wet-suit nor a dry-suit constitute adequate personal buoyancy. Flag Y will not be flown. This changes RRS 40.

I guess it's a trade-off between improved movability (not that modern buoyancy aids restrict movement too much anyway) and increased risk in case of accidents. Can't say much about performance racing, but it seems that with 'ordinary' dinghies the risk of something going seriously wrong is not any larger with aids. Anybody have any statistics on that?
Enterprise 20361 (Eisvogel), Laser 102727 (Halcyon), Laser 121986
Back to Top
gbrspratt View Drop Down
Posting king
Posting king


Joined: 26 Sep 11
Location: Felixstowe
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 169
Post Options Post Options   Quote gbrspratt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jul 18 at 12:40pm
From the class rules.

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
C.3.1 MANDATORY
(a) The boat shall be equipped with a personal floatation device for each crew member to the minimum
standard ISO 12402-5 (CE 50 Newtons) or EN 396.


But that doesn't technically say they need to wear it?
Back to Top
423zero View Drop Down
Really should get out more
Really should get out more


Joined: 08 Jan 15
Location: United Kingdom
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 2213
Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jul 18 at 12:41pm
Their are only two members of my club that wear helmets, but only when very windy, one of them had a fractured skull sailing in strong winds (not wearing helmet).
Back to Top
fudheid View Drop Down
Far too distracted from work
Far too distracted from work
Avatar

Joined: 21 Apr 11
Location: 51.53 N 01.28 E
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 233
Post Options Post Options   Quote fudheid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jul 18 at 12:42pm
unless there is a local sailing club rule that is an amendment to the Si's ..which i think most clubs have? and most classes adhere to the local byelaws, stay out of shipping yadayadayada
Like this one from where the nationals where at LRSC.

18.Safety 18.1. Competitors must wear adequate personal buoyancy whilst afloat.Wetsuits or drysuits are not considered adequate buoyancy


Edited by fudheid - 13 Jul 18 at 12:48pm
Cheers you

only me from over the sea......
Back to Top
Noah View Drop Down
Really should get out more
Really should get out more
Avatar

Joined: 29 Dec 04
Location: United Kingdom
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 569
Post Options Post Options   Quote Noah Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jul 18 at 12:42pm
One could deduce, from the slick race management at that event, that binning would be the result of blatantly ignoring SI's, and therefore the SI's do not mandate BA's. (I can't find the SI's online).
Back to Top
423zero View Drop Down
Really should get out more
Really should get out more


Joined: 08 Jan 15
Location: United Kingdom
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 2213
Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jul 18 at 1:06pm
Should have added local authority stipulates buoyancy must be worn at my club, and theirs no ambiguity in their written regulations.
Back to Top
Eisvogel View Drop Down
Posting king
Posting king
Avatar

Joined: 09 Dec 16
Location: Birmingham
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 135
Post Options Post Options   Quote Eisvogel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jul 18 at 1:41pm
Originally posted by Noah

(I can't find the SI's online).

https://www.salcombeyc.org.uk/article/65195
Enterprise 20361 (Eisvogel), Laser 102727 (Halcyon), Laser 121986
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply Page  12>

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Bulletin Board Software by Web Wiz Forums® version 9.665y
Copyright ©2001-2010 Web Wiz
Change your personal settings, or read our privacy policy