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Changes to Gear and Safety protocol for the Danish Singlehand Championship explained

Updated: Jun 6


The Vegvisir Race organization and the official Danish Singlehand Championship partners are introducing an updated list of safety requirements. The new list and formulations are more transparent and the demands to gear and equipment will make the event accessible for a wider audience.


The safety regime for the Danish Championship will be 1:1 in line with the safety requirements for the event Sjælland Rundt Singlehand 2024. This means that the paragraphs REQUIREMENT TO BOATS AND EQUIPMENT and ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS in the official document "Event Regulations" will be completely replaced by the document Safety & Equipment Instructions.


A final document outlining these changes will be released later by the Championship Event partners. But until then, organizers and participants refer to the Safety & Equipment Instructions document written and kindly lent by Helsingør Amatør Sejlklub to the Championship partners.


You can read and download the document (an English or a Danish version) on the official Notice Board of the championship HERE . Don't be confused by “Only Valid for Sjælland Rundt” – the document is also valid for the Danish Singlehand Championship.


The new safety and equipent protocal mean among other things that participants don't need pulpits, searail and stancions.. And all references to World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations Category 3 are withdrawn.


Please download the Safety and Equipment Instruction for the Sjælland Rundt via the link above and have it ready for the go through below.


**STABILITY REQUIREMENTS**

If your boat is CE approved, it must be approved in category A or B. Older boats or boats without CE certificate can participate if they meet one of the following stability requirements.

- A STIX (Stability Index) number higher than 23

- A Stability Index, according to ORC, higher than 103

- IRC SSS Baseline value higher than 18

- DH measurement certificate’s SV value below 70

If your boat does not meet any of the above, you can undergo a DH Stability Test and provide documentation that it meets DS’s requirements for boats with an SV value over 70.


**Examples:**

- Seascape 24 and 27 are CE marked in category B and A, respectively. Therefore, they can participate even though their SV values are higher than 70, namely 85 and 88.

- An H-boat is not CE approved, but it has an SV value < 70 (60.5) and can therefore participate.

- An X-79 is not CE-marked. It has an SV value > 70 (85.65) and can therefore only participate if it is documented that the boat has passed the Danish Sailing Association's Stability Test.


**HATCHES AND DECK HATCHES**

This means that it is not allowed to sail with hatches, e.g., on the foredeck, that cannot be secured in a closed position.


**PULPITS, GUARDRAILS, LIFELINES**

This means that the boat must be equipped with a jack line along the deck for attaching the lifeline. There are no requirements for guardrails or pulpits.


**DRINKING WATER**

Minimum 2 liters


**HANDLES**

There must be handles or grip points below deck


**BILGE PUMP AND BUCKETS**

There must be a cockpit-operated bilge pump and a 9L bucket, or two 9L buckets.


**COMPASS**

Two compasses, one of which must be magnetic. The other compass can be handheld and/or electronic. One compass must be fixed and visible from the helm position.


**HALYARDS**

The halyards must be able to hoist and lower the sails.


**NAVIGATION LIGHTS AND EMERGENCY LIGHTS**

Boats must meet the requirements according to COLREGS. Applies also to boats < 7 m LOA.


**GPS RECEIVER**

The boat must have a GPS receiver turned on throughout the race. It can be fixed or handheld. The device must have enough power for the entire trip.


**VHF AND RADIO RECEIVER FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS**

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**VHF INSTALLATION FOR SINGLE-HANDED SAILORS**

A fixed VHF radio with an output power of 25W. It must be linked to an MMSI number and connected to the GPS receiver, capable of making emergency calls, and sending and receiving DSC positions.

Additionally, the boat must have a handheld VHF with an output power of 5W, and a device (e.g., a mobile phone) that can receive weather reports.


**MOBILE PHONE**

A mobile phone with enough power to be turned on throughout the race.


**AIS INSTALLATION FOR SINGLE-HANDED SAILORS**

The boat must have an AIS (Automatic Identification System) transponder and receiver. The antenna must be mounted at a minimum height of three meters.


**SAIL NUMBERS**

The boat must have a sail number on the mainsail.


**PLUGS**

Recommended to have wooden plugs on board.


**FIRE EXTINGUISHER**

Minimum one fire/powder extinguisher mounted within reach from the cockpit.


**ANCHOR AND ANCHOR CHAIN OR ROPE**

An anchor and chain/rope of suitable weight and length appropriate for the boat's size.


**SEARCHLIGHT AND TORCH**

One powerful searchlight for locating a person overboard after dark. One regular flashlight, e.g., a headlamp.


**FIRST AID KIT**

A well-equipped first aid kit.


**FOGHORN**

Gas-powered or manual foghorn must be on board.


**RADAR REFLECTOR**

As shown in the photo must be on board.


**NAVIGATION CHART**

There must be an electronic or paper chart on board.


**TOOLBOX AND SPARE PARTS**

A toolbox and spare parts for performing emergency repairs, including bolt cutters, wire cutters, and a hacksaw.


**BOAT NAME**

The boat must have a visible name.


**REFLECTIVE MATERIAL**

Life-saving equipment, etc., must have reflective material.


**LIFEBUOY**

Lifebuoy with automatic light, whistle, and drogue. Serviced and maintained according to the manufacturer's instructions.


**THROW LINE**

Minimum 15 meters of floating line.


**DISTRESS FLARES AND HAND FLARES**

Two red hand flares and two red parachute flares stored dry in a grab bag. Equipment in accordance with Solas LSA code Chapter 3 Visual Signals.


**EMERGENCY KNIFE**

Knife mounted centrally in the cockpit for easy access.


**150N LIFE JACKET**

Serviced life jacket in accordance with ISO 12402-3 level 150. Must be equipped with an emergency position indicating light.


**SAFETY/TETHER LINE**

Tether line in accordance with ISO 12401 or equivalent. Maximum length 2 meters including self-locking 2 or 3 carabiners. One 1-meter tether line unless the 2-meter line can be halved with an extra carabiner in the middle.


**ON-BOARD EXERCISES AND TRAINING**

A series of exercises is recommended.

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