Isle Of Sheppey Round the Island Race
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Event organised by
IOS Sailing Club



Safety Advice

  • In an event of this type every boat should be capable of completing the course in whatever conditions are encountered. It is therefore strongly advised that all craft entering carry the following:

    • A VHF radio or mobile phone (please note the Sailing Club's phone number: 01795 663052)
    • A bottle of drinking water
    • A paddle (for emergency use in case the wind dies)
    • A compass (in case of fog)
    • A bailer (to remove excess water after a capsize)
    • 10m of tow rope (which can also double as an anchor line)
    • Some food (eg. bananas/energy bars, etc.)
    • Clothing suitable for all likely weather conditions
      (be sure to allow for a potentially long passage duration
      of 3 to 8+ hours)
    • A small anchor if possible (folding grapnels are compact, and in an emergency allow a position to be held against wind & tide / a boat can be left anchored if the crew have to be taken off)

  • Particular note should be made of the possibility of being reliant upon your own resources for a protracted period, even returning after dark or in fog.
  • All boats buoyancy arrangements must be in thoroughly efficient working order.
  • Daggerboards and rudders should be tied on.
  • All split-rings should be taped over.
  • All rigging and equipment should be double-checked before entering the race, and replaced where necessary.
  • Safety boats are advised that, if necessary, crews be taken off and boats left to be towed in later.