Safety Regulations

Effective 1 July 2011

The TLYC Safety Instructions apply to all racing at TLYC unless amended or superseded by a Notice of Race, Sailing Instruction and/or Safety Instruction for a particular event or series of races.


  • Before going on the water to race, helm and crew are required to register with the Race Committee. For non Club Members this will include the submission of a separate personal information sheet to the club office.
  • Each individual will be required to sign a no liability waiver and may request to receive a copy of this Safety Instruction sheet, or be directed to where it is posted.
  • Crews that could be underweight for their class rules may be weighed before being permitted to race.

(This applies to all types of boats while racing)

  • Each person on board shall carry a lifesaving device or Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and shall wear it.
  • Each person must carry, attached to their person, or to their life saving device or PFD, a suitable whistle.
  • It is recommended that each person carries a safety knife attached to themselves or to their PFD.


  • At all times during racing, TLYC will endeavour to have an appropriate number of safety boats will be on the water and on standby ashore.  TLYC will endeavour to have  a First Aid Kit, 2 Life buoys and a towing rope.
  • The number of boats on the water and on standby will be determined by the Race Officer with due consideration to the current and expected weather conditions, the size of the fleet, the type of courses being raced, the type of boats racing and the experience of the competitors.


  • Boats requiring assistance should attract attention with the use of the international signal for distress – Slowly and Repeatedly RAISING and LOWERING ARMS outstretched to each side.
  • Boats requiring immediate assistance in a life-threatening situation only should repeatedly blow their whistle as well as Raising and Lowering Arms. All sailing and motor boats in the area are required to respond immediately to this signal.
  • A Marine VHF Radio Channel may be published on the notice board, and if vo, it will be monitored by the Race Committee during racing. Any boat that wishes to can summon help or report others requiring help by this means.
  • During racing, the Race Committee will have available a cellphone that can be contacted by competitors, spectators and safety boats. This number is available at the TLYC office, or from the Race Officer. TLYC will endeavour to make a list of all medical and emergency telephone numbers available for instant access. We hope that soon, the numbers will be available as a sticker for attachment to boats and cars.  TLYC highly recommends carryig a cellphone on board.

At all times during racing, the Race Committee will observe the racing area in order identify boats in trouble and to direct assistance to them.

  • The Club Office in Talisay will maintain a comprehensive medical First Aid Kit in order to provide basic first aid until help can be summoned or individuals can be transferred to a formal medical facility.
  • Simple first aid items such as plasters and antiseptic for minor cuts will be readily available.

In conformity with rule 4 of ISAF regulations, be reminded that competitors participate entirely at their own risk.  The skipper is responsible for the safety and conduct of the crew, and the boat. The club, or organizing authority, will not accept any liability for material damage, personal injury or death sustained before, during, or after the event.