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Get Checked Weekend

Get Checked Weekend – 24th June 2017

NCYC is holding an annual Equipment Audit Day, which allows Club Members the perfect opportunity to have their boats audited prior to the new sailing season commencing. Members are encouraged, each year, to make their booking for an Equipment Audit directly through the NCYC Sailing Office.

 

Presentation of a Boat for Equipment Audit inspection process

  • Boat owners should obtain an Equipment Audit form from their club prior to the inspection. The forms will be posted on this page when they have been made available by Australian Sailing.
  • The owner or a 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 any additional safety documentation; ie stowage plans, EPIRB registration, life raft service certificates, PFD service certificates. Please note that for Cat 1 and 2 inspections owners should have a spare copy of these certificates on hand to submit to the auditor as a part of the inspection paperwork.
  • The skipper and a knowledgeable crew member should be onboard during the inspection.
  • The owner’s Australian Sailing number and vessel registration details shall be made available to the Auditor or else the Equipment Audit form cannot be completed.

 

Equipment Layout for Inspection

All items required for an Equipment Audit should be laid out prior to the Auditor coming on board. Prior preparation will significantly reduce the time taken to complete the inspection. Click HERE to view a short video on preparing a boat for 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 owner’s 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 onboard at the time of the inspection.

 

 

How to Become a Volunteer Equipment Auditor

Becoming an Australian Sailing accredited Equipment Auditor, volunteers must first attend a short seminar at one of the major Sydney Clubs during the month of May. In 2017, the major Sydney clubs are hosting a seminar on various Monday or Tuesday nights during the month of May and so we are working with Australian Sailing to bring a seminar to Newcastle to capture the volunteers based at clubs in the Newcastle/Lake Macquarie region.