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ISORA has received an enquiry from a competitor about the use of electronic flares (LED and/or Laser) for our offshore racing Category 3 and Category 3+ liferaft
We note that there is no mention of them in ‘World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations - January 2016- December 2017’
ISORA is making enquiries with RORC about this issue and we will puplish the response here.
The response from RORC is that electronic flares are not allowed. There have been discussions about the use of electronic flares, they are being considered but not in the short term and there is a long way to go in setting acceptable standards and acceptance by SAR (Search and Rescue). ISORA will let you know if the situation changes but for now continue as usual and plesase check the dates on your flares!
There is a very useful section on the ISORA web page on 'Safety Considerations and Supporting Documents' - please check it out and become familiar with the requirements for offshore racing.
Did you know that there was a significant change in the RORC Prescriptions to the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations 2016? This states that a combined harness and lifejacket shall be worn when on deck:
a) between the hours of sunset and sunrise; b) when alone on deck; c) when reefed; d) when the true wind speed is 25 knots or above and e) when the visibility is less than 1 nautical mile
Also at night each crew member shall carry a waterproof torch/light.
Two Courses prepared by The Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School:
For many yacht owners and crew the idea of racing offshore is daunting as they are concerned about applying navigational skills in unfamiliar settings and under race conditions pressure.
Additionally, many are unsure of what preparation to take and may be concerned about doing the right thing in an emergency. The Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School has developed two short courses that aim to build confidence and skills for those who want to race offshore, in particular, for those wishing to take part in the excellent Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) races.