Rescue Craft guidelines

Golden rule

Your main concern at all times must be your own safety. Rescue craft are available to help competitors in distress and not to ferry them to the beach or further along the course. Rescue craft are there to help competitors and it is at the discretion of skippers whether or not equipment is retrieved, preferably equipment should be retrieved,  if it does not endanger the crew or the competitor or jeopardize the safe continuation of the race.

  • Rescue operations will be directed by race control situated in the Port Control tower. Channel to be used will be advised at the briefing.
  • Collect the Mobii tag from the competitor for handing in afterwards to the timers. If the Mobii tag cannot be removed from the competitor’s vest collect the vest and inform the competitor that the vest can be claimed back from the timers after the race.
  • If a competitor is rescued, advise race control giving the race number of the competitor as soon as possible when radio volumes allow.
Operational guidelines
  • It may be necessary to assist a competitor in the water and a swimmer with wet suit on board would assist in this regard.
  • Competitors who are obviously exhausted or unable to cope with the conditions sometimes attempt to try to finish. At the discretion of the skipper, such competitors should be persuaded to be rescued rather than rescue craft wasting time around an obstinate competitor as it could endanger other competitors who desperately need assistance.  A competitor who failed three times to restart would be considered too tired to continue and should be rescued.
  • Competitors who are rescued may be offloaded at any one of the two Ferry craft, the Mykonos beach, at the SBYC or at the finish. If far from a transfer location or ferry craft, transfer to a marker yacht is allowed.
  • If badly injured, support the competitor in the water and call for assistance from trained medics such as the NSRI through Race Control.
  • If a competitor is unconscious, support the patient in the water and call for the doctor or Paramedic. The fast boat of Project Maritime, Call sign “Sweeper 1” ,will be utilized to ferry the doctor to a patient or to evacuate casualties to the nearest ambulance location.
Windsurfer rescue
  • Approach the competitor from his/her downwind side.
  • When contact is made, enquire what assistance is needed: e. tired, broken equipment or injury.
  • Get the competitor to de-power the sail by loosening the outhaul and downhaul without disconnecting the mast foot or boom from the mast.
  • Disconnect the mast from the board and take the board on board, then the sail and then help the competitor on board.
  • Transfer the competitor and equipment to the shore or a ferry craft where the sail can be de-rigged.
Kite rescue
  • When contact is made, enquire what assistance is needed: e. tired, broken equipment or injury.
  • If the kite is flying, but the competitor needs rescue, advise him to bring the kite down to the edge of the window and let the bar go to depower the kite.
  • Approach the kite from upwind away from the lines and put the engine into reverse (the skipper should be keeping the stern into the wind and moving astern as slow as possible). When the kite is amidships, take it on board with the leading edge into the wind and simultaneously deflate the kite using the deflate valve normally situated in the middle of the kite as you are pulling it onboard.
  • Detach the kite from the lines which will drift downwind away from the propellers. Ask the competitor to slowly swim away from his lines while winding them up, or take him on board with his lines which can then be pulled in.
  • If the competitor is drifting with the kite down wind and still powered up, tell him to quick release the kite, but keep security leash engaged. The kite will depower and can be approached and taken on board. When near the kite, put the engine into reverse as it is easier to control and keep away from the lines.
  • (Try to deflate the kite while in the water and then drag it onboard). Never hold both wing tips of the kite at the same time.
Paddlers rescue
  • When contact is made, enquire what assistance is needed: e. tired, broken equipment or injury.
  • Approach the paddler from a down-wind position heading into wind on the downwind side of the paddler.
  • If the paddler is unhurt, undo the tie line between the peddler and the board or surf ski and lift the paddler into the rescue boat.
  • If the paddler is hurt inform Race control who will command a rescue craft to deal with the casualty.
  • The board or ski may be recovered, depending on the appropriateness of such recovery, on the discretion of the skipper of the rescue boat.
Last rule

Skippers are to use their experience and good judgement to prevent a participant being injured or harmed. 

Should a skipper require additional assistance such request must be radioed to Race Control who will co-ordinate resources to assist.