In the interest of improving safety knowledge, the Lake Ontario Offshore Racing organizing committee has created this page to share any relevant safety, navigation and weather resources that might contribute to a safer experience for our racers.


We encourage you to familiarize yourself with them and we welcome any contribution to this web page; please send your favourite links to the safety committee.


These resources will be updated regularly.

Safety Requirements
Safety & Survival Training
Accident & Safety Related Sports
Best Practices & Recommendations
  • The Final Report of the 2005 US Boat Crew Overboard Rescue Symposium

  • The Lifesling Owner’s Preparation Guide

  • Sailing Foundation Life Sling Demonstration Video

  • OSR 5.02.5 b) A harness should be fitted with a crotch strap or thigh straps.

  • OSR 5.02.5 c) Safety lines (tethers) snaphooks should be of a type which will not self-release from a U-bolt and which can be easily released under load (crew members are reminded that a personal knife may free them from a safety line in emergency)

  • All safety lines (tethers) should have a mid-point snaphook on a 2m safety line or a separate 1m safety line

  • PFD’s should be equipped with a crotch or thigh strap (holding down device)

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