At its recent Mid-Year Conference held in London in early May, World Sailing approved a new requirement for each country to report any incidents and accidents that occur whilst racing under the Racing Rules of Sailing. In order to provide World Sailing with accurate details, the RYA is calling all clubs and classes that run racing to report details of any incident or accident to the RYA via its online safety reporting form.
The RYA online form is supported by a reporting triggers flowchart which identifies the type of incidents and activity alongside identifying the appropriate level of action required, as well as the RYA staff member who should be contacted.
Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager, notes: “The RYA is keen to support World Sailing in providing them with accurate information such that lessons can be learned, not just nationally, but around the world. By encouraging clubs to upload to the RYA online reporting form, we will be able to support World Sailing in this safety initiative and will hopefully reduce the number of accidents.”
The RYA has led the way for a number of years in providing a Safety Management platform for activities within its jurisdiction in order to respond to trends and actively work to reduce the risk in taking part in water sports.
By collecting data on boating accidents, the RYA is able to identify any shortcomings in knowledge and human behaviour and develop initiatives to share information which is invaluable in imparting knowledge and influencing behaviour. This knowledge sharing has taken the form of annual safety digests and the latest version, RYA Safety Advisory Notice 2018, can be found online here.
Clubs and classes are encouraged to support the RYA and helping to ensure safe participation in water sports through the RYA reporting platform. Full details of the RYA online form and triggers flowchart can be found here.
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