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1 General Race What’s new in the 2020 Notice of Race?
2 General Race: Entry Does everyone need a World Sailing Classification? No. (This was new for 2018 and a change from 2016). Only those sailors seeking Group 1 (amateur) status need to obtain a World Sailing Sailor Classification. Some divisions have limits on the number of crew without a Group 1 Classification and prohibit sailors without a Group 1 classification from steering. Some trophies are limited to boats with exclusively Group 1 classifications in their crew. See NoR 7. For more about the Sailor Classification Code and applying for a Classification, go to, on the World Sailing website. The process is quick and easy, but be sure to follow it until you receive confirmation that your Sailor Classification has been granted. Sailor Classifications are good for two years unless your status changes. See the NoR and World Sailing Regulation 22.
3 General Race: Ratings What should I know about the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR)? A complete discussion about the ORR and why it’s used in the Bermuda Race is described in this blog post:
4 General Race: Ratings When should I schedule ORR measurement? Measurement of your boat for a new or renewal of your rating can be difficult to schedule and complete in the spring rush that precedes a Newport Bermuda Race. As long as you are not planning modifications to your boat over the preceding winter that will impact your rating, you can schedule your measurement the preceding fall before hauling and beat the spring rush. Keep in mind, however, that once rated, you’ll be constrained from modifications or required to start over. New sails, constructed over the winter, may be measured when completed by your sailmaker if he/she is so qualified. The Bermuda Race employs a number of deadlines to maintain fairness and prevent yachts from buying unfair advantages. Perhaps chief among the deadlines is measurement. Measurements will be required to be in the hands of the Offshore Office of US Sailing by a date certain specified in the Notice of Race (usually not later than 30 days prior to the start). Substantial time penalties will apply for failure to meet this deadline, and invitations to race will be withdrawn altogether if those measurements have not been received by the deadlines specified in the Notice of Race.
5 General Race: Divisions Why must all Finisterre Division boats be rated with an asymmetric spinnaker? An assumed set of wind conditions are used in developing ratings, and similar boats with spinnakers are invariably rated faster than those without. Actual wind conditions on the race course generally differ, sometimes greatly, from those used in the rating assumptions. If the Finisterre Division were to mix boats rated with spinnakers and those without, the actual wind conditions would prove advantageous to one group or the other. Rating all boats in the Division with spinnakers puts them on an equal footing, regardless of actual wind conditions, thereby enhancing competition within the Division and making more likely that sailing skill, rather than a good forecast of wind conditions, is the determining factor in Division results. This is one of the core principles of the Bermuda Race’s competition structure.
6 General Race: Ratings May we change headsails using a headstay foil with two or more tracks? Yes. ORR 10.05(g) permits the changing of headsails, including in the Finisterre Division. ORR does not, however, permit sailing with two headsails set on the same stay while not being changed. NoR 4.6(f) prohibits the setting of two headsails on the same stay simultaneously, but does not prohibit changing sails. This section was intended to prohibit Finisterre division boats from sailing with two headsails on the same stay, for example two jibs wing on wing from the same stay.
7 General Race: Divisions Why do double-handed boats have their own division? Double-Handers are not eligible for the St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy. Double-handed offshore racing is a serious challenge. It demands unusual stamina and focus. A boat racing double-handed has limited backup in the case of illness or injury to a crew member. In the interest of good seamanship, boats sailing in the Double-Handed Division of the Newport Bermuda Race are permitted to use stored energy and non-manual power for steering and for trimming and setting sails. This includes the use of electrical, electro-mechanical, or hydraulically-powered autopilots, winches, and furlers. There is no science-based handicapping method of assessing the impact of these devices on boat performance, especially when boats using these devices race against other boats constrained by the manual power limits of the Racing Rules of Sailing.
8 General Race: Divisions Can double handed boats compete for the St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy? The St. David’s Lighthouse Division is a 'manual power only' division. Only human energy is permitted to steer, to set sails, and to trim sails. Allowing double-handed boats to use non-manual power in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division would seriously undermine a fundamental principle of the race: we race apples against apples, and oranges against oranges. The race’s multi division structure and science-based handicapping ensures the race’s results will be decided by sailing skill (and a little luck) rather than boat configuration or attempts to game the system. In part because of the manual power requirement, the St. David’s Lighthouse Division requires a minimum of four crew. A double-handed crew prohibited from using non-manual power and stored energy would prejudice principles of good seamanship that are core beliefs of the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee. A Double-Handed Division victory is well earned. Indeed, the Double-Handed Division is the only division with two first-place trophies, the Weld and Moxie prizes, which are presented to the captain and crew respectively.
9 General Race Those finish line instructions are complex. How do I ensure a proper finish? The Sailing Instructions will provide that the finish is at a line bearing 111 degrees magnetic from St. David’s Lighthouse, at the intersection of the red and green sectors of the light. Sailors are cautioned to be sure that they do cross the finish line completely, sailing from north to south between the finish line buoys, and travel well beyond it (a few boat lengths, at least), and then turning to seaward after finishing. While neither buoy will necessarily be on station, the buoys’ function is to keep boats off the reef near the Lighthouse, but still close enough to be observed by the race committee at the finishing line. The purpose of the turn to seaward subsequent to finishing is also designed to keep boats off the reef. Failure to observe these instructions is a breach of the Sailing Instructions. Going up on the reef, or a failure to reach the finish after a 635 mile slog, is guaranteed to ruin your day.
10 General Race What paper documents must we keep aboard? The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions require boats to submit a paper copy of their On Board Training Certificate and Certificate of Compliance at RBYC after finishing and to retain a paper copy of their Inspection Checklist for 48 hours after finishing. Various customs and immigration forms are also required for any yacht entering Bermuda. These forms will be supplied to each boat at Registration in Newport and submitted to Bermuda Customs/Immigration at RBYC after finishing, as per the Sailing Instructions and Bermuda regulations. The foregoing does not include any other documents or ships papers required by law or for the sake of good order, e.g., passports, vessel registration, vessel documentation, radio licenses, oil/waste placards, etc.
11 General Race How do boats that retired return their transponder/tracker? Retired boats must return the supplied transponder to the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee at RBYC by June 30, 2020. If the boat returns to Newport, she may deliver the transponder by hand to the Race Headquarters within 48-hours after starting. If the boat does not proceed to Bermuda and does not return to Newport within 48 hours after starting, the transponder shall be returned by express, insured delivery to the BROC at 7 Almy Court, Newport, RI 02840. Any boat that fails to return its supplied transponder in working order by June 30, 2020 will be charged for the replacement cost of the device and/or any fees charged by YB Tracking.
12 General Race May a boat carry a spare mainsail? Yes, but you must retire from the race to set it. The Notice of Race permits boats to carry and stow sails in excess of the limits set by ORR, provided they are marked clearly 'Not for Racing.' Under this rule, boats may carry a spare mainsail but must retire from the race to set it. See the Measurements section of the Notice of Race.
101 Safety and Inspection: General What does NBRSR mean? Newport Bermuda Race Safety Requirements, which can be found on the Official Notice Board
102 Safety and Inspection: General What safety requirements changed in 2020?
103 Safety and Inspection: General How do the NBRSR differ from the US Sailing Equipment Requirements (USSER) and the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations (OSR)? The NBRSR include the applicable Newport Bermuda Race portions of the USSER plus the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee’s (BROC) changes and additions, in a single document.
204 Safety and Inspection: 1.0 General Requirements What is a ‘Heavy Item’? (MO/MU) Heavy items are any large objects not permanently installed in the boat that might cause injury or damage in rough weather or during a knockdown or capsize. To determine what are Heavy Items on your boat, imagine turning the boat upside down and shaking, what could be a hazard to crew members if not properly secured.
205 Safety and Inspection: 1.0 General Requirements What is meant by ‘secured’? (MO/MU) Items must be held in place without significant movement if/when the boat is inverted/capsized.
206 Safety and Inspection: 1.0 General Requirements What about floorboards? (MO/MU) Floorboards must remain in place by latches, lines or other means if the boat is inverted. In some cases industrial strength Velcro may be deemed sufficient to hold the floorboards in place in the event of inversion.
207 Safety and Inspection: 2.0 Hull and Structure Construction and Design Guidelines Who should calculate cockpit volume? (MO) Cockpit volume should be calculated by the owner or his representative prior to the boat’s inspection. The record of the calculation should available for the inspector to check.
208 Safety and Inspection: 2.0 Hull and Structure Construction and Design Guidelines Does the ‘fitted bucket’ count as one of the two stout buckets required by 3.27 ? (MO/MU) YES, if it has the required capacity and a lanyard attached.
209 Safety and Inspection: 2.0 Hull and Structure Construction and Design Guidelines Are swing stoves fired by canned fuel allowed? (MO/MU) YES, as long replacement fuel is stowed in a vented stowage outside of any living area.
210 Safety and Inspection: 2.0 Hull and Structure Construction and Design Guidelines How will ‘taut’ be measured? (MO) By checking the distance to the deck of both upper and lower lifelines before and after hanging two six packs of 12 oz drinks on the lifelines at the midpoint between two stanchions. The difference must be less than 2 inches.
300 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment Are crotch straps required for PFDs and harnesses? (MO/MU) YES. The utility of these features has been amply demonstrated in person overboard situations. US Coast Guard approval of inflatable PFDs is not negated as long as crotch or thigh straps are not sewn or otherwise attached directly to the PFD, but are instead attached to an integral safety harness. Existing PFDs with integral harnesses may be fitted with add-on leg strap kits available in the marketplace.
301 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment Do both the traditional life jackets and inflatable PFD/Harness combos need crotch/thigh straps? (MO/MU) YES, if they are to be used to satisfy Race requirements. NBRSR 3.1.1 requires USCG approved inherently buoyant offshore life jackets used in the race to be equipped with crotch or leg straps. Some boats carry two sets of life jackets, one that complies with the racing requirements, the other to satisfy USCG requirements which are simply to have an inherently buoyant PFD for each person aboard. Those life jackets carried only to meet USCG requirements are not addressed in the NBRSR and they do not need crotch/thigh straps.
302 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment Why would a Hydrostatic inflator fail to operate properly? (MO/MU) If water does not get into the jacket cover quickly enough, or if the water pressure on the actuation spring is not there long enough. If the inflator head does not activate on the initial jump/fall in, it can be hard to get it under water far enough and long enough for it to be activated.
303 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment Is a knife considered a ‘quick disconnect’ at the chest end of a tether? (MO/MU) Yes.
304 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment What are the navigation light requirements? (MO/MU) The list below contains the minimum ranges at which navigation lights must be visible for vessels of varying size: Vessels under 12m (39.4'): Masthead 2nm, Sidelights 1nm, Stern Light 2nm. Vessels 12m – 20m (39.4’-65.6’): Masthead 3nm, Sidelights 2nm, Stern Light 2nm. Vessels 20m and over (65.6’+): Masthead 5nm, Sidelights 2nm, Stern Light 2nm. It is important to remember that these intensity requirements pertain to both Navigation Lights (3.3.1) and Spare Navigation Lights (3.3.2).
305 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment What are the U.S. Coast Guard Requirements for Navigation lights? (MO/MU) The USCG requirements are the are the same as for permanent navigation lights (see 3.3.1, above).
306 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment What are the U.S. Coast Guard Requirements for Spare Navigation lights? (MO/MU) The minimum ranges for Spare Navigation lights are the same as for permanent navigation lights (see 3.3.1, above).
307 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment What are the U.S. Coast Guard Requirements for fire extinguisher(s)? MO/MU) U.S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguishers must be provided with mounting brackets and should be mounted in readily accessible locations. Fire extinguishers should be weighed annually and checked regularly for pressure and signs of physical damage. For vessels under 40 feet, without a fixed system: Two B-I or One B-II extinguishers, with fixed system: One B-I extinguisher. For vessels 40 feet and over, without a fixed system: Three B-I or One B-I & One B-II extinguishers, with fixed system: Two B-I or One B-II extinguishers.
308 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment What are the U.S. Coast Guard Requirements for sound making devices? (MO/MU) The list below contains the requirements for sound making devices for vessels of varying size: Vessels under 12m (39.4'): Some means of making an efficient sound signal. Vessels 12m – 20m (39.4’-65.6’): Whistle or Horn (audible 1/2 mile). Vessels 20m and over (65.6’+): Whistle or Horn and a Bell. An air operated handheld horn will satisfy the requirement for vessels under 20m (65.6 ft). The requirement for a bell can be satisfied with equipment making a sound similar to a bell so long as it may at all times be manually sounded.
309 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment Will an SOS light meeting US CFR standards satisfy the requirements to carry hand held locator flare? (MO/MU) NO. Electric Distress lights are not considered a substitute for SOLAS pyrotechnic flares in Ocean/Offshore situations.
310 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment Will VHF voice and DSC transmissions interfere with the reception of AIS Locator Beacon information if a low-loss splitter is used on the mast head antenna? MO/MU) YES. Yachts with splitters should realize that they will not receive AIS, including Locator Beacon information while the VHF radio sharing the splitter is transmitting. While searching for an AIS Locator Beacon VHF voice transmissions should be minimized or made on another radio or handheld not attached to the splitter.
311 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment What is required as a 'mounted external antenna'? Do the IridiumGO! and Globalstar SATFI count as sat-phones? (MO/MU) The satellite phone’s antenna must remain mounted above decks with a clear view of the sky for the duration of the Race with an unobstructed cable connecting it to the phone below decks. (MO/MU) YES, but the handset must be securely mounted in the living quarters of the boat via a docking station connected to the boat’s electrical system, must remain continuously connected to the satellite communication system during the race, and must be set at a ringer volume sufficient to be heard over other ambient noise while at sea. All satellite communication systems require a permanently mounted external antenna.
312 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment Is an MOB Button required at each helm? (MO/MU) NO. The requirement is for a yacht to electronically record the position of a man overboard within ten seconds. This requirement may be met by installing an MOB button where it can easily be reached from any position on deck and connecting it to a remote, functioning GPS. Alternatively, a hand-held GPS with a MOB function may be used if either hard-wired to the yacht’s power or powered by batteries that will be charged as required to maintain full-time functionality.
313 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment Will a sail on deck with numbers showing fill the requirement to display sail numbers when sails are not set? (MO/MU) NO. A sail laid out on the deck or otherwise lashed to the boat near the deck, but not actually set, is not an acceptable means of displaying sail numbers when none of the numbered sails is set.
314 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment Do anchors need to be assembled for immediate deployment? (MO/MU) NO. All gear must be intact and stowed ready for immediate assembly..
315 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment Do I need a flashlight for every person on board? (MO/MU) YES. 3.24.2 requires a watertight flashlight for each crewmember with spare batteries
316 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment What First Aid Book and List of should we use? (MO/MU) Refer to the CCA Fleet Surgeon’s Memorandum for Offshore Passages (.pdf)
317 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment What items must be on the Safety Gear and Through Hull diagram? (MO/MU) The location of essential safety equipment and tools plus the location of every hull penetration below the waterline. Essential equipment includes but is not limited to EPIRB(s), Abandon Ship Grab Bag, Fire Extinguishers, spare Lifejackets, Flares, First Aid Kit & Book, Emergency Tiller, Anchor & Rode, Main Batteries, Spotlight, Horn & Bell, stove fuel cutoff, manual bilge pumps, buckets, engine fuel cutoff, battery switches and Lifesling Lifting tackle
318 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment Does a yacht with two helms need to have an emergency tiller? (MO/MU) YES. An emergency tiller is required on all yachts. The only time a dual helm will be considered to meet the emergency tiller requirement is if the boat has two rudders and each tiller/rudder combination may be completely separated and operated independently from the other tiller/rudder. Any requests to allow dual steering to meet this requirement must be submitted to and approved before Newport Check-In.
319 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment Are storm sails required to be made from high-visibility colors ? (MO/MU) Storm sails manufactured after 1/1/2014 must be constructed from a highly visible material.
320 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment Does the storm trysail have to be attached to the mast? (MO/MU) YES. A Storm Trysail must be attached to the mast along its luff length. One acceptable method of accomplishing this on vessels without a dedicated mast track is by attaching the trysail to a tight HMPE or wire "stay" run between two attachment points located at the base of the mast and aloft. If this method is used, the inspector will want to see the vessel sailing with the trysail rigged and sheeted, although in some cases pictures will be sufficient.
322 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment How many gallons of emergency water must I carry per person? (MO/MU) 3.37 requires 1 gallon per crewmember shall be aboard after finishing, stored in sealed containers. While emergency water must be stored in sealed containers, it can all be in one container or any combinatikon of containers, so long as each is sealed.
323 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment Must my valise-packed life raft be inspected within one year of the start? (MO/MU) NO. 3.39 requires that all rafts hold a current certificate of servicing. While valise packed rafts are acceptable for the race, their storage and handling can require particular care. All rafts must be stowed in such a way that they are capable of being launched within 15 seconds. In yachts with an age or series date after June 2001 valise packed rafts must be stowed in a purpose-built compartment topside, not below decks. BROC reminds persons in charge of their responsibilities under NBRSR 1.2 and notes that there have been reports that the integrity of valise-packed life rafts can be compromised by mishandling, poor storage, and other factors, and that such conditions may indicate a need for servicing more frequently than is recommended by manufacturers.
324 Safety and Inspection: 3.0 Safety Equipment What characteristics should I look for in a life raft for the Bermuda Race? (MO/MU) NBRSR 3.39 requires that life rafts 'be of proper design and construction for the conditions potentially faced on the ocean race course.' The waters between Newport and Bermuda can be as severe as any encountered on any ocean. Rafts should be designed to withstand multiple days at sea in severe weather conditions, including large waves and extreme winds. Rafts should have double flotation tubes, insulated floors, ballast water bags, a canopy and boarding ladder/platform. Markings such as SOLAS, ISO 9650-1 or ORC approval are good indicators that a raft is designed for ocean conditions. The design capacity of life raft(s) must be equal to or greater than the number crewmembers aboard, although more than one raft may be carried to accommodate all crew.
47 Safey and Inspection: 4.0 & 5.0: Training and Skills What are some of the methods used to steer with the rudder disabled? (MO/MU) Two articles and a video are recommended reading on this subject: 'Three Emergency – Steering Solutions'(.pdf) by Evans Starzinger. 'Steering Without a Rudder'(.pdf) by Mike Keyworth. 'Drogue Steering' (YouTube)
48 Safey and Inspection: 4.0 & 5.0: Training and Skills How should Steering in an Emergency be explained/demonstrated? (MO/MU) Photos taken during the required practice plus an explanation by a crew member that participated should be sufficient. Additionally, equipment required for the method(s) chosen in practice of steering the yacht with the rudder disabled should be laid out for examination during the yacht’s inspection.
400 Safey and Inspection: 4.0 & 5.0: Training and Skills What Safety at Sea courses will be required for the 2020 race? (MO/MU) The two essential changes for the 2020 race are as follows: (1) All Safety at Sea course (SaS) attendance must be a course that complies with World Sailing’s Offshore Personal Survival Course Guidelines. This means the course must include hands-on training. The certificate may be obtained by completing a classroom (first day) portion in person or online, AND also attending a hands-on (second day) portion in person. A one-day classroom-only course by itself without hands-on training no longer meets the requirements for Safety at Sea course attendance. An online course without hands-on training also does not meet the requirements. (2) 30% of the crew, in addition to the Captain/Person in Charge (PIC and the RPIC for multihulls), must have attended a Safety at Sea training course meeting the above criteria. The requirement for the navigator or watch captain to attend the training has been removed. For most crews, the rule change will require that one more person have SaS training for 2020 compared to the 2018 race. Additionally, all SaS training to meet the race safety rules must include hands-on training. A classroom-only course will no longer meet the requirement. Please visit the Safety at Sea Courses page for additional information. The Safety at Sea team has put together the following summary of Safety at Sea crew training requirements for monohulls for your convenience: For 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 crew : 2 must have SAS training (including the skipper/PIC). For 7, 8, 9, or 10 crew: 3 must have SAS training (including the skipper/PIC). For 11-19 crew: 4 must have SAS training (including the skipper/PIC). For 20 or more crew: 5 must have SAS training (including the skipper/PIC). For multihull vessels: 30% x (total number of crew) must have SAS training, plus the skipper/PIC, and the Reserve Person in Charge (RPIC).
401 Safey and Inspection: 4.0 & 5.0: Training and Skills Do World Sailing Certificates satisfy the SAS Course attendance requirements? (MO/MU) YES. Certificates issued at a World Sailing Approved course must carry the statement 'World Sailing Approved Offshore Personal Survival Course' and may carry the World Sailing logo (see World Sailing OSR App G, para 7.4). If your attendance is not in the US Sailing Database , a copy of your certificate(s) are required to be aboard the yacht you race in from 0800 of the day of the start until 48 hours after finishing.
402 Safey and Inspection: 4.0 & 5.0: Training and Skills Do US Sailing sanctioned courses satisfy the Newport Bermuda Race SAS Course attendance requirements? Only US Sailing sanctioned 'International Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-on Training' courses meet the Newport Bermuda Race requirements. The following courses do NOT meet the requirements of the race: Coastal Safety at Sea, Offshore Safety at Sea, Online Coastal Safety at Sea, or Online Offshore Safety at Sea.
403 Safey and Inspection: 4.0 & 5.0: Training and Skills Are STCW certifications accepted as meeting NBRSR 5.2 requirements for attending a US Sailing sanctioned Safety at Sea Course? (MO/MU) No.
404 Safey and Inspection: 4.0 & 5.0: Training and Skills I can’t find my certificate. Are actual copies of Safety at Sea Course attendance required to be aboard ? (MO/MU) If you cannot find your certificate you must verify the month/year of attendance at a US Sailing Sanctioned 'International Offshore Safety at Sea with hands-on training' course by going to the US Sailing Database at the button to the right. The race committee will use the US Sailing database to verify your safety at sea training status. If you attended a US Sailing sanctioned course and it is not in the database, you must address this with US Sailing. If you attended an equivalent course sanctioned by a governing body outside the USA, you must submit a certificate for the course you have completed for the race committee to evaluate.
410 Safey and Inspection: 4.0 & 5.0: Training and Skills What is a DSC Distress Call? (MO/MU) A DSC Distress Call is an electronic MAYDAY activated by pressing (AND HOLDING DOWN) the Red Distress Button on a DSC configured Radio (most radios require a 3 to 5 second button depression to activate the digital distress signal). Pressing the Red Distress Button sets off an alarm on every boat that has a DSC configured radio that can only be turned off manually on each boat by silencing the alarm or by acknowledging the Distress Call with a return transmission.)
411 Safey and Inspection: 4.0 & 5.0: Training and Skills Who should acknowledge a DSC Distress Call at sea, outside of USCG reception range and what is so unique about an Acknowledgement Call? (MO/MU) Any vessel in receipt of a DSC Distress Call has an obligation to render aid. Acknowledging a DSC Distress Call is a form of aid, but care should be given not to acknowledge the call too quickly, thereby silencing the alarm on all other receiving stations. Best practice is to silence your alarm without acknowledging the call, and then monitor the situation to determine the need to formally acknowledge the distress call.
412 Safey and Inspection: 4.0 & 5.0: Training and Skills Can anyone give an acknowledgement? (MO/MU) YES, by following the instructions displayed or their DSC Radio.
413 Safey and Inspection: 4.0 & 5.0: Training and Skills If they do, what responsibility are they assuming? (MO/MU) That depends on the specific facts of the situation, see additional DSC information sheet (.pdf).
414 Safey and Inspection: 4.0 & 5.0: Training and Skills Should others be told not to acknowledge a Distress Call? (MO/MU) NO. All masters have a duty to render aid if they and their vessel can do so safely, see additional DSC information sheet. (.pdf).
405 Safey and Inspection: 4.0 & 5.0: Training and Skills What First Aid and CPR courses fill the requirements of the Newport Bermuda Race? The following courses are accepted in the U.S. as meeting the first aid training requirements for Offshore race: American Heart Association: Heartsaver FACTS – includes Heartsaver first aid course and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training. Certification for 2 years. American Red Cross: First Aid, Standard First Aid (taught with Adult CPR), and First Aid Basics (when taught alone as a community course). Certification for 3 years. American Safety and Health Institute: Basic First Aid. Certification for 'up to' 3 years. National Safety Council: First Aid or Standard First Aid (when taught with CPR). Certification for 3 years.
406 Safey and Inspection: 4.0 & 5.0: Training and Skills What about ‘wilderness first aid courses’? Do they meet the requirements? (MO/MU) Waivers to accept in date certifications, within 3 years, from other first aid courses must be submitted for approval to prior to Newport Check-In.
407 Safey and Inspection: 4.0 & 5.0: Training and Skills Are health professionals required to have First Aid and CPR certificates? (MO/MU) Licensed and practicing health professionals may submit a brief resume with a waiver request to accept their credentials instead of a first aid certificate to NO waivers will be granted for CPR certificates.
20 General Race What are the US Customs and Border Protection requirements for a vessel entering the United States? Please see the applicable Customs and Border Protection website page, under Resources - Newport Logistics, for specific and legal requirements.
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