General Security rules
for the race "Plymouth-La Rochelle Revival"

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The race "La Rochelle-Plymouth Revival" is registered in the official calendar of the Fédération Française de Voile (FFV).
This is a race of Category 3 as "Règles Spéciales Offshore" (RSO) established by the FFV from the document "Offshore Special Regulation" of the "International Sailing Federation" (ISAF), 2012-2013 edition.
The guidelines incorporate and add to the SAR national requirements in terms of safety equipment for offshore sailing to more than six miles from haven (French regulation).
Additions or clarifications may be optionally added in the "Instructions de Course" (Sailing Instructions) given to each boat before departure.
The list of on-board equipment for participants in the race is based on the "Standard Inspection Card" of the ISAF and adapted to the specificity of classic boats.
This list includes three categories of equipment:
- Required: presence or compliance, seen before departure (marked "R" in the list).
- Required, possible Exception: if the specifics of the vessel can't meet the requirements of the RSO. Subject to additional security measures agreed in writing, exceptions may be granted (marked "RE" in the list).
- Highly Recommended: This is safety equipment, not required by the RSO under category 3, but whose usefulness is undeniable and greatly improves the safety of the ship (marked "HR" in the list) .
A specific Inspection Card  must be completed and signed by each skipper and delivered during the control visit will be made prior to departure.
Ships not complying with safety requirements will in no case be allowed to enter the competition.

General rules of responsibility:

- The responsibility of the organiser and its partners is limited to ensuring sporting fairness of the race. Any other responsibility assumed by the organiser is necessarily contractual and explicit.
In particular:
Checks that the Race Committee, either on its own initiative or at the request of the jury or any other authority, would have to do for the sole purpose of ensuring that the regulations (eg RSO), Sailing Instructions and their amendments are met.
The surveillance done by the organiser (eg radio sessions) should be considered by competitors as optional and uncertain, and never as an additional safety measure on which they can rely.

- Any request from a member of the organisation does not legally engage the organiser except if it has accepted the corresponding responsibility, either itself or through one of its agents officially accredited for that purpose. This is especially so of various requests for assistance or assistance at sea

- Whatever the legal relationship between the owner(s) of the yacht and the skipper, only the skipper officially listed on the registration form is the partner responsible to the Organisation.

- Competitors participate in the event at their own risk and under their responsibility for all purposes. It is for each competitor to consider, according to his knowledge, the equipment available, the wind, weather etc. ... whether to take or not to take part in the start of the race, stop or continue (reminder fundamental RRS rule 4: "Decision to race : The responsibility for a boat's decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone").
- Any information that any members of the organisation could provide before or during the event, such as a gale warning, is one factor among others in which the skipper may base his decision without engaging the responsibility of the organiser or its partners.

- The Owners and skippers are individually, jointly and personally responsible for all accidents to property and people occurring to themselves, or to the crew, or to boat, or that they may cause to any third party or any property belonging to third party. They must have in place the necessary insurance to cover these risks and responsibilities.
In particular, each skipper is responsible to the organiser for ensuring that the boat has all the necessary insurance to cover civil liability for a minimum amount at least equal to existing international conventions. He must be able to show a valid certificate of insurance to the race organiser. The absence of that third party insurance does not establish any liability of the organiser or its partners.

- Competitors are reminded that the fundamental rule no. 1.1 requires every boat to give all possible help to any person or vessel in danger, when in position to do so.

- Any competitor who registers for "Plymouth - La Rochelle Revival" accepts all the regulations and, particularly, agrees to comply with safety rules above.