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 Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore Series and Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race)
  • Category 3 (Sydney Newcastle Race)
  • Category 4 (Minimum required for Offshore Racing ie. SOPS, OPS, SHPS and CYCA Trophy)
  • Category 5 (External regattas ie Sail Port Stephens / Hamilton Island Race Week)
  • Category 6 (Required for Trailable yachts in the Winter Series)
  • Category 7 (Minimum required for inshore races, Charity Regattas, Twilight Racing and Winter Series)

To book an inspection, please contact the Sailing Office on 8292 7800.
CYCA Auditors are generally available Monday to Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm

For additions to the Special Regulations, please to refer to the General Conditions of Racing in the CYCA Summer Program.

Radio Inspection Forms

Please note that the Radio Inspection must be completed by a qualified Radio Surveyor / Marine Electrician.
Further details are available from either the Sailing Office or in the Yacht Services Directory 

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

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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