Yacht sailing safety
Some advice to be sure you follow:
- The weather is a crucial and highly variable factor when taking to the sea, therefore, check the weather forecast and the tide times, if necessary, before sailing.
- Protect yourself! Use equipment that is weather-appropriate:
In hot weather: UV-protective clothing, sunglasses, cap and sun cream.
In cold weather: preferably wear a multi-layer system (1), (2), (3). 3 layers to be combined to ensure they fit any changes in temperature and in the intensity of sports activities.
- Wear a life jacket. For regular sailors, a self-inflating life jacket is recommended.
- Have all of the regulation safety gear on board.
- "Fill up": fresh water and fuel.
- Prepare your course (plan your route and study maps of the seabed before leaving).
- Inform the harbour master's office or a friend or relative of your destination.
- Do not overestimate your level of expertise: prepare a plan of the route according to your crew's and boat's abilities.
- Gloves, no matter what the weather conditions.
- Always wear footwear when sailing, as well as during anchoring or mooring manoeuvres.
- At least 2 members of your crew must know how to operate the boat's engine and the VHF radio.
- Have a personal signalling device when sailing at night (flare, torch).
- Attach yourself to the lifeline (harness + tether) in case of bad weather.
- Always have an anchor that is attached to the boat and ready to be dropped.
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