Retirements, Contact and Collisions (For Club Members)
Some of the more interesting aspects of a race can, unfortunately, come from the incidents that result in damage. These incidents usually come to the attention of the race committee when a boat retires after finishing, submits a request for redress or a protest which involves damage.
Incidents that result in damage can range from the relatively insignificant such as cuts, bruises and broken hardware, through to loss of a keel, collision with a commercial vessel or at worst a fatality. Excepting the last; fatalities, most of these incidents go unreported and the sport has no knowledge of the incidents that occur.
Whilst all information is useful, what we really need to know about are the serious incidents. By serious incidents we mean those that result in hospitalisation of a crew member, or significant damage to a boat. With this information we can make informed decisions about how to make the sport as safe as practicable.
If you submit a request for redress, protest or voluntarily retire due to a serious incident, please let the State and YA know via the online reporting tool at http://www.yachting.org.au/sport-services/safety/reporting-major-incidents/
Are you Safe or Lucky? (For Race Officials)
As a race official a lot of planning goes into most of the decisions we make. This preparation helps us avoid serious incidents during our days out on the water, but sometimes things don’t go to plan…
Whilst some may think that avoiding a serious incident carries a certain element of luck, many would contest that incident avoidance is entirely reliant on good planning, maintaining a focus on safety, and learning from past mistakes.
It’s important for the entire sport of sailing to make sure we learn from serious incidents so they cannot happen again. One way we can do this is through incident reporting. By serious incidents we mean those that result in the hospitalisation of a crew member, or significant damage to a boat.
If you witness a serious incident at your club or while on the water, you can let your State and Yachting Australia know via the online reporting tool available at http://www.yachting.org.au/sport-services/safety/reporting-major-incidents/
Incident reporting is not about placing blame, it's about learning from our mistakes and making sailing as safe as practicable.
Online Incident Reporting
If you have an incident or suffer an injury while sailing at the club or during an event, you should report it. Find out more about online incident reporting here: http://www.yachting.org.au/sport-services/safety/reporting-major-incidents/