RYA Event Safety Workshop; Sunday 31st March 2013; Largs
The Racing Rules of Sailing confirm that a boat accepts that it is entirely responsible for her own safety. Nevertheless, the RYA has reviewed and developed its own operating procedures for events. As the entry for the RYA’s Sail for Gold Regatta exploded after the announcement of the London Olympic Games event safety was reviewed. It became the largest dinghy event this country has ever seen with over 1,200 competitors sailing more than 800 boats, spread over 7 miles, It was dinghy sailing on scale never seen before and the eyes of the world were watching.
Having spent a lot of time considering the safety issues, pulling best practice together from around the UK and developing and testing procedures it was immediately obvious that it made sense to share the best practice that had been developed. These huge events did not actually affect the robustness of the safety plan, but merely the quantity of the resources needed to implement it. The sharing of this safety plan would benefit anyone or any club involved with event safety.
The RYA Event Safety Workshop includes access to all the documents and presentations that were produced; Safety Briefings, Risk Assessments, Contingency Plans, Tactical Positioning, Event Structure, Communications and scenario planning. All these have been produced in a generic way so that people with a responsibility for their own event safety can adapt them and use them for their own needs.
Clubs and Classes have been running events for many years this is not a lesson on how they should be doing things. This is lot of valuable ideas and resources that have been produced that are available for sharing through the workshop, the intention is you take away lots of ideas and best practice and lots of resources to help you. The Safety Workshop is relevant to anyone involved or connected with safety at their events, from the Race Officers to Beachmasters, rib crews to safety leaders, volunteers and helpers, anyone ashore and afloat.
Contact details, information and application forms are available for both the Dinghy Event Safety Workshop and National Mark Laying seminar, on RYA website under Race Officials, Want to be a Race official then, Training courses and seminars