Safety


  1. Each participating boat shall be assigned to a fleet and will participate in the raid along with his fleet.

  2. There is a chain of command and each participant is required to respect it. Decisions will be taken by Fleet leader (rib pilot), supported by the deputy head of the fleet (Sergio, Giorgio, Marco).

  3. Each of the participants is requested to respect the sea’s law: if a boat needs help, we report the problem to the other participants and they are required to stop and help.

  4. Personal Responsibility
    • It is each skipper’s responsibility to ensure that his boat is equipped for coastal navigation and maintained in such as to be safe under all conditions that may occur during the course of Sail Raid.
    • At any time of the raid the skipper is responsible for the safety of the boat and its crew: every decision must reflect an awareness of this responsibility.
    • it is part of the responsibility of the skipper to navigate preserves with its fleet and possibly report any problem that might prejudice its navigation.
  5. Support
    • A rescue/safety boat is assigned to each fleet and has the task of supervising navigation, communications to the fleet, logistics organization. Each participant agrees to follow the instructions of the service boat. The person in charge of the boat service is capoflotta (fllet leader)
    • In the event of unavailability for any reason the capoflotta, there is a vice-capoflotta who takes over. Before departure each skipper will be informed about who is and who is vice-capoflotta capoflotta
    • Some participants have reported to the organizers their readiness to give assistance support in case of need. The Capoflotta can rely on the support of these according to his judgment.
  6. Safety Policy and Team Sailing
    We intend to have three RIBs available, one for each fleet to provide safety cover for the smaller boats, and to supervise safety and communication for the fleet as a whole.

  7. Personal Responsibility
    We don’t see the RIBs as being the main safety resource. It is the skippers and crews of the boats themselves, who will take the moment-by-moment decisions which take them into danger, or away from it, and in most cases solve the problems which arise. They need to take appropriate and informed decisions at all stages of the Raid.
    They are also responsible for equipping their boats for inshore and coastal sailing*, and for maintaining them so that they remain seaworthy in any conditions they are likely to encounter during the Raid.

  8. Collective Responsibility

    In order to develop a sense of collective responsibility within the fleet for its safety the fleet will be divided into teams, each containing a mix of smaller and larger boats, and in each team there will be a motor-equipped ‘first-responder’ whose crew will scan ‘their’ team throughout the passage-making to ensure a rapid response to any problems which arise. They should be equipped with VHF to inform the covering RIBs if a situation develops which is requiring their intervention, or is beyond the resources available to the boats in the team.
    This policy assumes that boats with different speeds will stay in sight and hailing distance of each other. The fast boats will need to sail longer courses and return to the group from time to time.
    Under this policy if a problem develops for one or two boats in a team the team as a whole slows down. If we offer prizes at all for sailing, it will be for the teams which look most together at certain passage-points and not for those which arrive first.
    The teams will carry different colored flags in their rigging so we all know who they are.

    In case of emergency or need to provide assistance/rescue to one or more boats, the head of the fleet or fleet  leader on the rib will rely on the support of those raiders who have clicked “Assistance OK” on the registration form.

  9. What has not to be missed
    • - VHF (MANDATORY!!)
    • - anchor
    • - rope 20 mt. long
    • - oars
    • - life jackets
    • - compass
    • - lights
    • - whistle
    • - first aid kit
    •  shoes/boots (recommended in case it’d be needed to
    •   remove the boat eventually stucked in the mud/shallow waters)
    • - mooring ropes
    • - fenders
    • - binocular
    • - sailing suite
    • - boots
    • - adequate clothing
    • - sun defense cream
    • - water and mineral salts
    •  umbrella/canopy for the stops
    •  insects repellent
    • Engine (if possible)
  10. To be noted and known
    Vela raid shall not be liable for any loss, damage, death or personal injury howsoever caused to the Owner/Skipper or crew, as a result of their taking part in the event. Moreover, every owner/Skipper warrants the suitability of his boat for the event. The safety of a boat and her entire management incuding insurance shall be the sole responsability of the owner/skipper, who must ensure that the boat is fully found, thoroughly seaworthy, manned by a crew sufficient in number and experience who are phisically fit to face bad weather. The Owner/skipper must be satisfied as the soundness of the hull, spars, rigging and all gear. He must ensure that all safety equipment is properly mantained, stowed and in date and that the crew know where it is kept and how it is to be used. Neither the establishment of these conditions, nor their use by Vela Raid, in any way limits the absolute responsability of the Owner/Skipper.
    * by clicking “Assistance OK” the skipper declare the willingness to support the organization in the case of Emergency events by lending one or more crew members to the safety rib pilot.