Check rigging and equipment regularly.
For Cruiser Racing the minimum safety equipment should include:-
- An anchor of suitable size and at least 30 meters of anchor rope and chain.
- A suitable pump and bucket
- Life jackets for each person on board.
- A reliable engine and sufficient fuel to cover all eventualities. A spare set of plugs and spanner for petrol engines is recommended together with essential tools for emergency repairs and adjustments.
- A compass
- A ladder (rope or otherwise)
- Red distress flares (operational)
- A hooter or whistle
- A fire extinguisher
- A sailing knife
- A first aid kit
Sail only with the capability of the boat and the crew. Watch for changes in the weather. If, particularly when racing, a boat gets into trouble (man overboard, dismasting, capsize, etc.) any boat seeing it should immediately go to its aid.
Crew members may be injured or the boat might be in danger of sinking or going aground. Even if your boat is too small to tow the damaged boat, help can be given in other ways – particularly by going back to the harbour to enlist aid. Where a boat ceases racing or is delayed while going to a disabled boat, it will be credited with the two points given to finishers and if the committee so decides, further points to allow for the likely placing of the boat if it continued to sail. Each boat should be alert to the possibility of going to the aid of others and if you see a need for aid, act without delay unless you are satisfied that another boat is already heading to the aid of the disabled one.There are many different situations which can arise to put a boat in danger. Several manuals and handbooks are published on sailing and cruising which contain advice on safety at sea. Study of these is recommended.