NSW State Coroner's Findings on the Sydney Hobart

The Executive Summary

Tuesday December 12th 2000, Author: Nsw Coroner's Office, Location: United Kingdom
6) THAT WEATHER FORECASTS WHICH ARE SPECIFICALLY PROVIDED FOR YACHT RACING FLEETS CONTAIN:-

(a) AS WELL AS THE AVERAGE WINDS EXPECTED, THE MAXIMUM GUSTS OF WIND THAT ARE LIKELY TO OCCUR; AND

(b) AS WELL AS THE SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHTS EXPECTED, THE MAXIMUM WAVE HEIGHTS THAT ARE LIKELY TO BE ENCOUNTERED.


7) THAT ALL YACHTS' BATTERIES BE OF THE CLOSED OR GEL CELL TYPE.


8) THAT COMPETING YACHT CREW WHO ARE ON DECK DURING ROUGH WEATHER SHOULD WEAR CLOTHING THAT WILL PROTECT THEM FROM HYPOTHERMIA.


9) THAT COMPETING YACHT CREWS USE PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES (PFD's) OTHER THAN THE `MAE WEST' TYPE.


10) THAT ALL CREW MEMBERS OF COMPETING YACHTS HAVE WITH THEM A PERSONAL STROBE LIGHT WHEN ON DECK IN ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS.


11) THAT EACH COMPETING YACHT CARRY ON ITS HULL OR DECK SOME FORM OF MARKING THAT CAN READILY IDENTIFY THE YACHT TO AIR RESCUERS.


12) THAT AT LEAST 50% OF A COMPETING YACHT'S CREW SHOULD HAVE COMPLETED A YACHT SAFETY AND SURVIVAL COURSE EVERY THREE (3) YEARS:-

(a) THAT SUCH YACHT SAFETY AND SURVIVAL COURSE BE THE COURSE ABF511 OF THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL TRAINING AUTHORITY; AND

(b) THAT SUCH YACHT SAFETY AND SURVIVAL COURSE BE TAUGHT BY INSTRUCTORS WHO HOLD A CURRENT AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL TRAINING AUTHORITY CERTIFICATE FOR ASSESSMENT AND WORKPLACE TRAINING BSZ40198.


The following recommendations are not made to the CYCA and the AYF.

13) THAT WORK COVER NEW SOUTH WALES INQUIRES INTO, AND REPORTS TO THE RELEVANT MINISTER OF THE CROWN, ON THE PRACTICES ABOARD RACING YACHTS OF PROVIDING "PAYMENT" TO SOME CREW, AND THE RAMIFICATIONS WHICH MAY FLOW FROM THAT PRACTICE.


14) (a) THAT THE MINISTER FOR FAIR TRADING (NSW) OR OTHER RELEVANT NSW GOVERNMENT MINISTER CONSIDERS ORDERING THE WITHDRAWAL FROM THE MARKET OF ALL HARNESSES AND LANYARDS BEARING THE NAME "TUFF MARINE AUSTRALIA" OR ANY DERIVATION OF THAT NAME;

(b) THAT THE SAID MINISTER OR OTHER RELEVANT NSW GOVERNMENT MINISTER CONSIDERS REQUIRING THAT ALL HARNESSES USED BY YACHT CREWS HAVE A CROTCH STRAP FITTED; AND

(c) THAT THE SAID MINISTER OR OTHER RELEVANT NSW GOVERNMENT MINISTER CONSIDERS PURSUING A REVIEW OF AUSTRALIAN STANDARD AS2227.


(John Abernethy)
NSW State Coroner,
GLEBE NSW
12th December, 2000

Note:
The Coroner’s report is available on the web site: www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au - see the, "what’s new section". It's also possible to order CD and bound versions of the full inquest report from the same place.

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