Tips For Safe Sailing

The beach water is pleasing to visit, but it’s not always all good and sunny. Fact is, there are dangers lurking around us when we leave the familiar terrain. Risks are involved if we want to explore and have fun at the sea; but these risks need not be the reason to hinder us from plunging into a great adventure.

It is not just nice to know, but it is relatively important to know the different safety precautions observed when you are sailing. Whether you have your own yacht or perhaps you are renting it from, the rules will be the same when we talk about safety in cruising.

The NYC (National Yacht Club) has shared in this article below the different categories based on the ISA Yacht Safety Equipment standards:

“Category A
Daylight only in sheltered waters, inland or estuary close to a safe harbour.

Category B
Along a coast within 10 miles of land and about 4 hours of a safe harbour. Accessible 24 hours at all tides.

Category C
Cruising around Ireland, UK and N.W. Europe making offshore passages of between 50 and 500 miles.”

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) talks about Pleasure Craft Regulations & Equipments:

“The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), on behalf of the UK Government, enforces the regulations to which vessels in UK territorial waters and under UK registration must adhere.”

In another article titled The Most Essential Sailing Safety Equipment, professional sea sailors were asked for some tips regarding safety in the ocean, here are a few tips straight fro the pro:

“When they think about dangerous situations, most boaters imagine storms or conditions from which they cannot escape. Experienced sailors almost always feel they are safe on the water when they are prepared for threatening conditions with the right gear and knowledge of what to do.”