DOWNWIND DASH RESCUE GUIDELINES FOR COMPETITORS

 Golden rule

  1. Your safety is your own responsibility.
  2. Know your own limitations and do not start the race if in doubt.
  3. Wear minimum safety gear as briefed by the race organizers.
  4. Ensure that you could make yourself visible in an emergency by wearing bright colours, flares and marine dye.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Obey instructions of rescue craft skippers at all times.
  8. Kite sailors must have a safety line to their kite
  9. Racers must wear a flotation jacket or a FULL wetsuit (from ankle to wrist)

Rescue craft assistance

  1. 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.
  2. 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

  1. 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.
  2. Maintain buoyancy while attempting to use sailing gear for floatation and location.
  3. 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.
  4. 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”.

  1. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Rescue craft will transfer you to the shore or to a ferry craft where you will be asked to de-rig your equipment.
  5. Racers must wear a flotation jacket or a FULL wetsuit (from ankle to wrist

 Rescue procedures for Kites

  1. 1. Do not participate without a security line to your kite
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. If possible wind up the kite strings to keep them out of the rescue boat propeller.
  5. 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.

  1. Remain on your board or ski as long as possible and attract the attention of rescue craft.
  2. Rescue craft will approach you from a down wind position on the leeward side of the board or ski.
  3. Inform rescue personnel of your status and the assistance you require on their arrival.
  4. Use your oar as a boom to anchor yourself to the rescue craft.
  5. Allow rescue personnel to undo the tie line and lift you unto the rescue craft 
  6. If at all favourable the rescue craft will recover your gear.

DOWNWIND DASH RESCUE GUIDELINES FOR RESCUE CRAFT

 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.

 Communication

  • 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 frequenting around a decapitated sailor 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. 
  1. 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.