DOWNWIND DASH RESCUE GUIDELINES FOR COMPETITORS
- Your safety is your own responsibility.
- Know your own limitations and do not start the race if in doubt.
- Wear minimum safety gear as briefed by the race organizers.
- Ensure that you could make yourself visible in an emergency by wearing bright colours, flares and marine dye.
- If tired or with inappropriate equipment after the second leg, do not attempt the leg to the ore jetty, go ashore near Mykonos and report your status to Race Control on the telephone number printed on the competitor’s elastic arm band.
- Should you decide to abandon the race and go ashore on your own, report your status to Race Control via the phone number on your arm band.
- Obey instructions of rescue craft skippers at all times.
- Kite sailors must have a safety line to their kite
- Racers must wear a flotation jacket or a FULL wetsuit (from ankle to wrist)
Rescue craft assistance
- 1. Rescue craft are available to assist competitors who are in distress or can not complete the course. They are not available to ferry capable competitors to the shore.
- Rescue craft’s primary responsibility is safety of competitors and they will take sailing equipment on board at the discretion of the rescue craft skipper.
General Rescue procedures to be followed by competitors
- If in distress with broken equipment, fatigue, over or under powered, injury etc. attract the attention of the rescue craft by firing a flare or waving arms or vertically extending sailing gear. Stay with your equipment to aid in buoyancy and visibility to the rescue teams.
- Maintain buoyancy while attempting to use sailing gear for floatation and location.
- Do not keep rescue craft unnecessarily occupied and obey instructions to be rescued at the discretion of the skipper. You may be jeopardizing the life of another competitor who is in urgent need of attention.
- On arrival of a rescue craft, inform the skipper immediately of your status for example:
* “Exhausted but will continue with race” or, Exhausted : “need rescue”.
- “Broken mast need rescue” or, “Injured left ankle need rescue”.
* “Injured back need medical assistance” or, “Injured back; legs feel numb, need medical evacuation”.
- Once on board the rescue craft hand over your Mobii tag to the skipper who will report your status to Race Control. If your Mobii tag cannot conveniently be removed, hand the Mobii tag attached to the vest to the skipper. Competitors can claim their vests back from the timers after the race.
Rescue procedures for Windsurfers
- Prepare for the arrival of rescue craft by de-powering your sail, loosening the outhaul and downhaul. Do not attempt to de-rig the sail.
- Rescue craft will approach from downwind to avoid drifting on to you. On arrival of the rescue craft, you will be asked to detach the mast from the board, pass the board on to the craft and then the sail. Crew will then assist you on to the craft.
- If injured, the crew may call for medical assistance from the NSRI and assist you in the water until the arrival of trained medical staff.
- Rescue craft will transfer you to the shore or to a ferry craft where you will be asked to de-rig your equipment.
- Racers must wear a flotation jacket or a FULL wetsuit (from ankle to wrist
Rescue procedures for Kites
- 1. Do not participate without a security line to your kite
- Do not deflate your kite. Release the kite but maintain contact using the security line to the kite. Wind up the kite strings on your bar. Turn the kite over with leading edge in to the wind and rest with arms over the leading edge until rescue craft arrives.
- If incapacitated and unable to release the kite, bring it down in to the depowered position at the edge of the window and await rescue craft. They will take the kite on board and deflate it.
- If possible wind up the kite strings to keep them out of the rescue boat propeller.
- Rescue craft will transfer you to the shore or a ferry boat to take you to the shore.
Rescue procedures for Paddlers
- Do not participate without a security line to your board or surf-ski.
- Remain on your board or ski as long as possible and attract the attention of rescue craft.
- Rescue craft will approach you from a down wind position on the leeward side of the board or ski.
- Inform rescue personnel of your status and the assistance you require on their arrival.
- Use your oar as a boom to anchor yourself to the rescue craft.
- Allow rescue personnel to undo the tie line and lift you unto the rescue craft
- If at all favorable the rescue craft will recover your gear.