Safety at Sea Requirement Phase-In




LOOR to Phase-in Sail Canada’s Prescription to Offshore Special Regulations (OSR) For Category 3 Requiring Crew Training in Offshore Personal Survival.


LOOR is phasing in the following prescription from Sail Canada:


6.01.2 Sail Canada prescribes that, starting January 1, 2023, at least 30% but not fewer than two crewmembers, including the Person in Charge, shall have undertaken a one-day Sail Canada accredited (or equivalent) coastal personal survival course within the five years before the start of the race.


6.01.3 When there are only two crewmembers, at least one shall have undertaken training within the five years before the start of the race in OSR 6.02 Training Topics.


Sail Canada prescribes that undertaking a one-day Sail Canada accredited (or equivalent) coastal personal survival training course will meet the requirements of OSR 6.01.3 above


To find the upcoming Ontario Sailing course offering and to register:


  • Go to Ontario Sailing Course Registration Page CLICK HERE

  • n the box “Please select the category,” select “All Other Registrations”

  • Scroll down to find any Survival Courses currently being offered and select the one desired

While LOOR is phasing in the requirement, LOOR highly recommends sailors meet or exceed both the LOOR requirement of the year, and that of the Sail Canada Prescription, sooner than later to increase your ability to handle situations on the water. Don’t put off until it becomes a requirement to participate.


This personal survival training is applicable to all types of sailing not just offshore racing, or when included as a requirement in the OSR applicable for an event. If you areruising, you may need to be more self sufficient that in an organized race in the same waters. A significant portion of students of each course are only cruising without intent to race. The feedback from these sailors and the racers have been positive about the value of the course material for their sailing.


In this year’s LO300, nearly 10% of the crew have met the prescription, where the count of crew includes the Person-in-Charge (PiC), the skipper.


Every year there are individuals looking to crew on boats in LOOR events and add their availability to the particular race’s crew bank. One way for these individuals to increase their value as crew is to have taken the required course in the past five years.


As there are two courses, you need to understand which one meets your needs to

comply with the Sail Canada Prescription.


1) COASTAL PERSONAL SURVIVAL COURSE

1 Day Theory and Practical

CAT 3


2) OFFSHORE PERSONAL SURVIVAL COURSE

2 Day Theory & Practical including in-water (pool) life raft training

CAT 0, 1, 2, & 3


If you plan to participate in offshore races in the next five years that are OSR Category 0, 1, or 2, most likely a percentage of the crew will require the two-day course and one-day course will not meet the requirements. If you have taken the one-day course, you will need to take the two-day course to be included in the applicable crew percentage. If you have taken the two-day course, you meet the Category 3 requirements for LOOR.


The LOOR Plan for Full Implementation of the OSR CAT 3 requirements:


YEAR INCENTIVE REQUIREMENT


2023

Draw for $200 gift certificate for each Cat 3 event from boats that meet 50% of mandated number of crew rounded up to nearest whole number of crew.

  • LOOR amends to remove Sail Prescription for this year.


2024 Draw for $200 gift certificate for each Cat 3 event from boats that meet 100% of mandated number of crew rounded up to nearest whole number of crew.

  • LOOR amends Sail Canada prescription so that boats need to meet 50% of mandated number of crew rounded up to nearest whole number of crew.


2025 beyond

None

  • Full compliance of Sail Canada’s Prescription on training.


While LOOR is not immediately requiring full compliance with the Sail Canada Prescription, LOOR encourages everyone to take the course as soon as possible as:

  • Better prepares you for the situations that arise while sailing, whether racing or cruising. Lake Ontario can be an angry body of water. Just ask some of these year’s LO300 participants, who were near the eastern south shore at the wrong time, in what seemed to be a light wind race.

  • Other Category 3 events may require full compliance in 2023

  • The two-day course may be required for Category 0, 1, or 2 races you wish to enter, and this two-day course meets the Category 3 mandate.

  • f you wait to the last minute, spaces in courses may not be available putting your participation in the LO300 in jeopardy.


If you have questions, please contact us at racecommittee@loor.ca.


Other information sources:

World Sailing

Sail Canada Offshore Racing

Ontario Sailing

LOOR