And they are all off. Nice clean starts in 5-7 knots of wind and lots of sun. It's a magnificent mid winter day out there... assuming it doesn't fade away to nothing which sadly is the forecast.
Sadly one or 2 boats may have left the marina for no reason today due to not being prepared as per the very clear SI's, safety briefings and very well know SSANZ tilt towards safety. A couple were just stunned mullets when asked to show very basic safety gear. One or 2 also took longer than it takes to sink to find their safety gear.
There is no reason not to be prepared. Jacklines in bags marked 'safety gear' are only bits of webbing in a bag. Fit the bloody things to the boat and then they become jacklines.
This year we asked to see jacklines FITTED, 2 lifejackets, 2 harness's, 2 torches, at least horseshoe complete with drogue, whistle and light, plus the odd other random item.
Generally most were perfect but one or 2 weren't. Also it was commented some of the torches, while perfectly fine for sussing ropes on the cockpit floor, wouldn't be much use if you wanted to see more than a few meters. Maybe have a think about what you will use a torch for and get one with the grunt to suit.
The checking will happen again next race and we pick boats totaly at random...except Anarchy as we just wanted a closer suss sorry lads (and they were better prepared than most as a FYI). Will you be the random that gets picked next race? Will you be ready?