SUMMARY OF MINUTES AND DISCUSSION of the Special Regulations Committee of the 6th July 2009.
YA AMENDMENTS TO SRs
Noted that YA had issued Amendments 1 to 5 effective 1 July 2009, which were now posted on the YA website.
YA AMENDMENT 3- SR 5.02.2(ii) Mid point tethers
The YA amendment did not mention ‘manufacturer fitted’ mid points and therefore an owner could fit his own it was suggested.
Refer to 5.02.2(ii) a spare 3 clip tether, the mid point must be manufacturer fitted, and the NOTE to the clause also with that reference. Also refer to SR 2.03.1 (e) as to discretion to accept owner fitted mid points.
Any owner fitted tethers must be discarded from 07/2013.
HEAVEN CAN WAIT YC-APPLICATION FOR VARIATION
The Application is pending awaiting additional information.
AUDIT FORMS AND RADIO INSPECTION
Noted all forms and version 2 of Radio inspection forms now on the web.
Noted CYCA refuses to use the Radio form. No precise reason could be given.
Cat 1 and 2 forms no space for outstanding items was referred to. This was due to there being no space and to keep the form to 2 pages. Debated that in these categories that a signed audit with outstanding items is undesirable. But in the end result it is for a Club to manage how it deals with audits with outstanding items.
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO AUDIT FORMS cat 7 by deleting 2.03.1 & 3.20.1 and cat 4 2.03.1, 3.20.1, 3.08.4 and 3.08.5
Considerable discussion. By consensus agreed that 2.03.1 is an important discretion for an Auditor and the other items were easy for a practical assessment by an Auditor. The forms not to be amended
ACCREDITATION CARDS AND LIST OF AUDITORS
1. The meeting expressed concern that no notifications of auditor accreditation (cards) had been issued, and this was now urgent as audits had already commenced under the new Regulations, and
2. YNSW Office to advise Clubs which of their Auditors had been accredited, and
3. A list of all accredited Auditors and their accredited number to be posted on the web site, and
4. The YNSW Office to annually monitor the YA membership status of Auditors and to issue notice of withdrawal of accreditation where an Auditor is no longer a current YA member.
AS 4758- 2008 Inflatables NOT PFDs UNTIL INFLATED
Clause 8 (c) of the standard states a PFD is to be marked/labelled’ inflatable PFD is NOT a PFD unless inflated’.
For the purposes of SR 2.02.2 and 5.01, an inflatable PFD need not be inflated at the time of Audit, PROVIDED the PFD is accompanied by a servicing certificate by a manufacturer or its agent.
SR 4.21 Lifebuoys & AS 2261-1990
After considerable and robust discussion and on inspection of two types of horseshoe lifebuoys, ( one an off the shelf and the other owner retrofitted) it was agreed that the current SR and AS were unclear as to how the beckets or handholds were to perform and there should be a requirement for a closing line on a horseshoe lifebuoy and that a flotation force equivalent to the AS should be achieved; RESOLVED;
1. That the current direction banning retrofitting of stitching, knotting or similar to the line around the periphery of the item to achieve beckets or handholds, be withdrawn,
2. A draft proposed new regulation be drawn and circulated by the Secretary,
3. The draft when settled be forwarded to the Board with a recommendation that a submission be forwarded to YA to adopt a new SR 4.21.
4. That YA be advised that on the Whitworth’s web site the Burke brand lifebuoy is marketed as ‘YA approved’ and ask if YA approval been given and if not that such notation be withdrawn.
PLB registration with AMSA
Discussions are in train with AMSA to resolve issues with it as to whether the Club/OA or AMSA are to register and manage registration of PLBs in cat 2 races.
Steaming light AND The Col Regs
The SRs require compliance with the Col Regs for navigation lights. A white light displayed forward ( a steaming light) is a requirement if the vessel is capable of proceeding under power. Any portable light used must comply with the arc of visibility & range for such a light.
Inflatable PFDs and the NSW Marine Safety General Regulations 2009
Noted that NSW Regulation 83.4 notes that an inflatable PFD is not an ‘appropriate lifejacket’ unless it is less than 12 months old or serviced at periods of 12 months or greater periods as specified by the manufacturer.
An owner if the service history is not endorsed on the PFD should carry the written service certificate to prevent prosecution. This applies to racing yachts notwithstanding SR 5.01.6
Servicing of inflatable PFDs
SR 5.01.6 was framed so that if a manufacturer’s maintenance instructions require servicing by the manufacturer or its agent then this is the only servicing permitted. If no manufacturer’s note as to servicing requirements then self servicing is permitted.
However the Committee is of the opinion that self servicing is not recommended due to the nature, complexity and extent of items to be checked and replaced.
[Copies of Tabled documents containing non confidential information can be supplied on request. Letters from Clubs are confidential.]