Monday, November 3, 2014

Bermuda 1-2 Fall Skippers Meeting

I was able to get caught up with lots of friends and competitors Saturday evening at Newport Yacht Club where the fall Bermuda 1-2 meeting took place. There were a bunch of new faces there which was very encouraging for the 2015 race which starts June 5th. I gave a brief version of my OSTAR talk which went well and solicited some great questions. Roy also gave us some highlights of the changes to the NOR that should be released toward the end of the month:
  • Skipper must be present for the boat/safety inspection
  • Life raft inspection must conform to manufacturer specs
  • Can openers in ditch bag replaced by multi-tool
  • Ship's bell no longer required
  • Ship's horn must be of compressed gas or electric type
  • Drinking water minimum of 10 gallons in 2 suitable containers
  • Satellite phone or single side band radio required, must be capable of two way communications (Spot Messenger not ok)
  • Online registration, should be up and running by January

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