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ISORA is delighted to announce Global Displays Ltd as a sponsor of the Welsh Coastal Series, part of the ISORA overall series in 2017.
Global Display have provided ISORA with an additional 10 Yellow Brick trackers to enable races on both sides of the Irish Sea to benefit from competitors using YB. This is great news for both competitors and shore based supporters, but crucially enables the ISORA race management committee to set courses using virtual waypoints and remote finish/start lines.
Richard Cook, an experienced offshore sailor and managing director of Global Displays (www.globaldisplays.co.uk) commented "Global Displays is delighted to be associated with ISORA and its use of YB trackers for innovative race management"
The trackers will be used in the three Coastal Races in Pwllheli starting with the Pwllheli Castel Race on 22nd April, the Coastal Night Race in Tremadog Bay on 18th August and the last Coastal Race from Pwllheli on Saturday 26th August. The trackers will be distributed to competitors on a first come basis.
ISORA now has 35 YB Trackers and now has sufficient capacity to track the growing fleet of competitors in all of the Cross Channel Races.
ISORA has received an enquiry from a competitor about the use of electronic flares (LED and/or Laser) for our offshore racing Category 3 and Category 3+ liferaft
We note that there is no mention of them in ‘World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations - January 2016- December 2017’
ISORA is making enquiries with RORC about this issue and we will puplish the response here.
The response from RORC is that electronic flares are not allowed. There have been discussions about the use of electronic flares, they are being considered but not in the short term and there is a long way to go in setting acceptable standards and acceptance by SAR (Search and Rescue). ISORA will let you know if the situation changes but for now continue as usual and plesase check the dates on your flares!
There is a very useful section on the ISORA web page on 'Safety Considerations and Supporting Documents' - please check it out and become familiar with the requirements for offshore racing.
Did you know that there was a significant change in the RORC Prescriptions to the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations 2016? This states that a combined harness and lifejacket shall be worn when on deck:
a) between the hours of sunset and sunrise; b) when alone on deck; c) when reefed; d) when the true wind speed is 25 knots or above and e) when the visibility is less than 1 nautical mile
Also at night each crew member shall carry a waterproof torch/light.