Special Regulations

2017-2021 Special Regulations Equipment Compliance Forms
(Note: Links to Australian Sailing Special Regulations Webpage)

Categories used in CYCA races:

  • Category 1 (Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and Ponant Sydney Noumea Yacht Race)
  • Category 2 (Minimum required for Blue Water Pointscore Series and Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race)
  • Category 3 (Ocean Pointscore Race to Newcastle)
  • Category 4 (Minimum required for Offshore Racing ie. SOPS, OPS, SHPS and CYCA Trophy)
  • Category 6 (Required for Trailable yachts in the Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series)
  • Category 7 (Minimum required for Twilight Racing and Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series)

Radio Inspection Forms

To book an inspection, contact the Sailing Office on 8292 7870.
CYCA Auditors are generally available Monday to Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm

From the 1 July 2017, the 2017-2020 Australian Sailing Special Regulations came into effect. Download the current Australian Sailing Special Regulations Here


Additions to the Special Regulations.

Owners should be aware of the following additions to the Special Regulations that apply to the CYCA General Conditions of Racing.

Special Regulation 5.01.6: Each inflatable PFD type 1 shall be checked and serviced at the intervals as prescribed by the manufacturer by a servicing agent and documented evidence be submitted as part of the documents required for race entry to the CYCA Sailing Office.

Documented evidence for each inflatable PFD type 1 that is within the initial service period as prescribed by the manufacturer is to be submitted as part of the documents required for race entry to the CYCA Sailing Office.

Special Regulation 3.25.1 (d): All boats in the BWPS shall carry on board a satellite phone. The satellite phone shall have coverage for the duration of the race and be connected to main power or have a spare battery.

Special Regulations 4.09(c): All boats in the BWPS shall carry an AIS transponder.

Additional Special Regulations may be added too in various CYCA Offshore Races, so competitors are reminded of the need to carefully read the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions.

Presentation of a Boat for Inspection process.

• Boat owners should obtain an Equipment Compliance form from their club (or download above) prior to the inspection.
• The owner or his representative should carry out an initial inspection and tick/sign the appropriate box – making sure to check expiry dates and quality of equipment, as well as identifying the location of equipment that may be asked to be presented during the inspection.
• Boat owners should make a firm appointment for an audit and they should be punctual.
• Necessary equipment should be laid out ready for inspection, including copies of service certificates and any additional safety documentation; ie stowage plans, Epirb registration, Life Raft Service Certificates, PFD Service Certificates. (Cat 1 and 2 inspections – owners should have a copy of these certificates on hand to submit to the auditor as a part of the inspection paperwork.)
• The skipper and knowledgeable crew member should be on board during the inspection.
• The owner’s Australian Sailing number and vessel registration details shall be made available to the Auditor or the Equipment Compliance form cannot be completed.

Equipment Layout for Inspection

All items required for safety inspection should be laid out prior to the Auditor coming on board. Prior preparation will significantly reduce the time taken to complete the inspection.

• Storm boards ready to be put in place.
• Sea cocks and plugs exposed, not hidden by equipment.
• Know the water and fuel capacity of your tanks
• Fire extinguishers taken from brackets so date tags can be sighted.
• First Aid kits open and items with use by dates on the top so that expiry date can be checked.
• Publications and charts on chart table.
• Emergency navigation lights with batteries fitted.
• PFD’s, harnesses, tethers and flares laid out.
• Radio installation inspection certificate.
• Life Raft Certificate
• Jackstays rigged.
• Lifelines tightened.

After the Inspection

It is the owners responsibility to ensure that the boat continues to comply in every respect with the category the boat is competing in. Owners should remain familiar with the Australian Sailing Special regulations and ensure that all equipment remains on the boat, is kept in good working order and that equipment is replaced or repaired as necessary.

The onus is NOT on the race organisers, the Club or the Equipment Auditors to perform ongoing checks or to confirm compliance. The responsibility remains with the boat owner – the audit only verifies that the equipment is on board at the time of the inspection.

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