2016-17 World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations
The 2016-17 World Sailing
Offshore Special Regulations (OSR) have been published on the World Sailing
The purpose of the Offshore Special Regulations (OSR) is to establish uniform
minimum equipment, accommodation and training standards for monohull and
multihull boats racing offshore.
here to find the 2016-17 OSR.
In the new 2016-2017 edition of the OSR, the regulations have been simplified
and shortened to improve their clarity for all sailors, inspectors and race
organizers. The categories of events remain unchanged and the intent of each
clause is not changed except for the changes agreed at the 2015 World Sailing
Annual Conference. The OSR are accompanied by a safety training manual where
the relevant guidelines and recommendations from the OSR will be located in the
next edition of the, "World
Sailing Guide to Personal Offshore Safety”.
A number of changes made at the World Sailing Annual Conference affect the
new 2016-17 edition of the regulations.
Unless otherwise specified the amendments are effective on 1 January 2016. It
should be noted that national prescriptions may take priority over the World
Sailing text and you should check with your relevant authority.
A summary of the major changes for 2016 are as follows:-
The Appendices have been re-ordered and some re-named.
Category 5 has been re-named 'Special Regulations for Inshore Racing'
Category 6 is now: 'Special Regulations for Inshore Dinghy Racing'
Some Category 4 requirements have been reduced or removed: heavy weather jib,
lifejacket requirements, lights, sail number display
Monohull Stability requirements have been aligned with changes to the ISO
12217-2 Stability standard.
Section 4.22 has been re-worked and is now called 'Crew Overboard Recovery'
including a change to use the term 'recovery sling' and a set of minimum
OSR 4.23 Pyrotechnic signals (Distress flares) has been amended to remove the
requirement for the carriage of parachute distress flares.
For Category 0 and 1 races each member of the crew shall have an AIS personal
crew overboard beacon
For category 3 races sail Double-handed, at least one of the crew shall have
Links to recommendations and helpful information will be added to the online
OSR in the coming weeks.
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