The ISORA gang are a friendly lot and are more than willing to help with the boat set up process or sail trimming techniques and general tips, we will also share our experiences of boat fixes and solutions for common problems. Remember to ask someone by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ask another competitor before or after a race, or  join our Facebook page and post a question there. You will find that everyone is more than ready to help.

This is a simple start of season guide and is intended as an aid only to assist with the setting up of your yacht for the ISORA Offshore series.

Are you familiar with the requirements of Category 4, Category 3 (with life-raft) and Notice of Race and General Conditions - read more here.

Have you applied for your IRC certificate?

Have you checked your flares - and do you know how to use them?When is the next service date for the life-raft, have you serviced your life jackets and checked your flares and fire extinguishers?

Is the engine serviced and ready? Are the ship batteries in good condition? Have you checked the electrics, instruments and the navigation lights? Torches and spare batteries?

Update your safety equipment list and position chart. Check sea cocks and are the bungs secure next to each sea cock?

Another item to check is the sail bag zips - are they runing free? (written by a formed foredeck crew!)

If you would like to add to this list plese let us know.


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