RYA launches support framework after change to Offshore Special Regulations

The RYA has launched a framework of support for yacht racers and owners following a change in World Sailing’s Offshore Special Regulations (OSR).

As of January 1, 2022, yachts competing in OSR category 0 to 3 races must have been inspected by a qualified person within 24 months of the start of the race or after a grounding, whichever is later.

The new requirements are in order to draw owners’ attention to the critical safety aspects of keels. This follows a number of high-profile incidents, says the RYA, whereby keels breaking off yachts have had catastrophic consequences.

The RYA’s framework is designed to help owners demonstrate that they are compliant. The organisation says its approach is simple and cost effective to owners and provides access to a professional network who can conduct the inspections to a scope set by the RYA, based on the OSR requirements, at a reasonable cost to owners.

The OSR regulation requires a visual inspection every two years. It is designed to capture visual signs (cracks, movement, corrosion, loose keel bolts, loose or irregular rudder bearings) that may indicate a potentially serious problem. It is expected that once noted, the owner would undertake a more detailed investigation or get it repaired, says the RYA.

Subject to satisfactory inspection, the RYA will produce a simple ‘Statement of Compliance’ which can be used by owners to demonstrate to organising authorities that they have complied with the new OSR requirements.

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