San Francisco, USA- Presentate le raccomandazioni sulla sicurezza delle regate dela prossima America’s Cup a San Francisco. La Commissione presieduta da Iain Murray di AC Race Management ha presentato le “2013 America’s Cup Regatta Director Recommendations” ai quattro team in un meeting svoltosi ieri pomeriggio a San Francisco. La lista prevede 37 punti, da un limite di vento a 20 nodi per luglio, 21 per agosto (23 per la Coppa America in settembre), più o meno lo stesso proposto da Luna Rossa e accettato da ETNZL, a maggiori protezioni per i velisti e a una riduzione da 7 a 5 dei round robin della Louis Vuitton Cup tra i tre challenger.
Il piano di sicurezza dovrà essere approvato dalla US Coast Guard. Oggi è in programma un meeting tra i team. “Una volta che il piano delle raccomandazioni di sicurezza sarà approvato dalla US Coast Guard, loro emetteranno il permesso per regatare dicendo che la regata deve essere condotta sotto le regole del permesso”, ha specificato Tom Ehman, attuale gestore della Coppa America e portavoce del Golden Gate Yacht Club, “di fatto diventeranno regole all’interno della regata”.
“Tutti e quattro i team in gara nell’AC hanno cooperato in modo aperto e costruttivo”, ha detto Murray, “e il Review Committee ha notato il chiaro desiderio da parte dei team di assicurare la sicurezza nell’AC al massimo possibile”.
Ecco le raccomandazioni:
1. AC72 Yacht
1.1. AC72 Yacht Structural Review:
Competitors in consultation with ACRM to collectively identify and complete a process of competent third party review or testing process of the structural integrity of the platform and wing.
1.2. Daggerboard Rake Control Hydraulic System:
Competitors in consultation with ACRM shall identify and complete a process of competent third party review and testing process of their daggerboard rake control hydraulic systems to ensure an acceptable safety margin and level of reliability.
1.3. Rudder Elevators:
a) minimum total area 0.32 m2 per rudder;
b) minimum depth of elevators on rudder span of 2.1m;
c) maximum elevator span of 1.4m ;
d) rudder elevators to be symmetrical in plan form and allowed to extend beyond maximum beam of the Yacht;
e) elevators permitted to be adjusted until warning signal.
1.4. Crew Restraints
Competitors to effectively restrain crew through bearing off manoeuvres, severe deceleration, or capsize, such as installation of cockpits, foot straps, handholds, tether and/or belay points.
1.5. Maximum AC72 Yacht Sailing Weight:
The maximum sailing weight specified in AC72 Class Rule 5.10 shall be increased by 100kg.
1.6. Soft Sails
Competitors limited to carrying two soft sails and eliminating the minimum weight in 26(c) of the AC72 Class Rule.
1.7. Guest Racers:
No guest racers aboard an AC72 yacht whilst racing.
1.8. ACRM Personnel:
AC72 Class Rule 25.1(b) to be modified to remove reference to “ACRM personnel” this was originally intend
ed to be a camera person and it has since been agreed to remove such a person from the boat.
1.9. Soft Coverings and Soft Fairings:
Soft coverings and soft fairings shall be made of predominantly see through/transparent material.
2.1. Buoyancy Aids:
Worn buoyancy aids worn by crew to have a quick release mechanism.
2.2. Body Armour:
Armour incorporating protection for spine, puncture and impact wounds is to be investigated by Competitors and managed by ACRM.
2.3. Electronic Head Count System:
An electronic Head Count System to be investigated by Competitors and managed by ACRM.
2.4. Crew Locator Devices:
Underwater crew locator devices to be investigated by Competitors and managed by ACRM.
Underwater breathing apparatus to be carried and capable of hands free operation, the volume of air to be carried to be investigated by Competitors and managed by ACRM.
Helmet standards (high visibility colours and specifications) review by Competitors and managed by ACRM, with the assistance of recognised expert advisors.
2.7. Self lowering Equipment:
Equipment capable of selflowering to be carried by each crewmember.
3.Additional Support Equipment
3.1.Support Boat Limits:
Remove present limit of four support boats per Competitor (art. 35).
3.2. Two Rescue Boats:
Minimum of two rescue boats to support each AC72 yacht whilst sailing.
3.3. Rescue Divers & Rescue Swimmers:
Two divers with supporting rescueswimmers ready to enter the water immediately, one diver and one rescue
swimmer on each rescue boat.
A minimum of one paramedic (or an appropriate medical practitioner) on one of the rescue boats.
An AED device (defibrillator) to be carried on the rescue boatcarrying the paramedic (or an appropriate medical practitioner) who shall be trained in its use.
Rescue nets to be installed on all supporting and rescue boats to recover crew.
3.7.Safety Channel for Competitors:
A dedicated safety channel for interteam safety communications.
3.8. One Way Communications:
One way communications permitted from AC72 yacht to chase boat during all sailing and racing operations.
ACRM’s vessel Regardless to be notified, and be placed on standby for recovery operations upon each sailing of an AC72 yacht.
Number of Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robins reduced from seven (7) to five (5) to allow for more maintenance periods.
4.2. Soft Marks:
Soft marks to replace mark-boats.
4.3. Starting Procedures:
Racing Rules to be reviewed by skippers and Competitor rules advisers with ACRM to remove potentially dangerous situations including agreeing an alternative starting procedure.
Reduced to 20kts in July, 21 kts in August, and 23kts in September (as measured pursuant to art. 21.1), but with additional wind limit adjustments for tide and sea state.
First mark to boundary to be approximately 45 seconds.
Safe buffer zones around course boundaries and obstructions to be determined by ACRM.
Flexible start time and flexible pre/post race programme based on wind and projected tidal flows.
4.8.Post Race Dock In:
Eliminate the planned dock-in after racing at Pier 27, but skippers to be transferred to a dock in show at Pier 27 approximately 45 minutes after a race.
4.9.No Race Fine:
Remove fines for not competing (art 21.2 (d)).
4.10.Race Course Debris:
Process to inspect and endeavour to clear course of debris and obstructions with assistance from Army Corps of Engineers.
4.11.Capsize While Racing:
Upon a yacht capsizing it shall be disqualified and the race awarded to the other yacht, to allow efforts to be
concentrated on capsized yacht.
4.12.Develop Standard Operating Procedures Between Competitors for Rescue:
ACRM shall develop common safety procedures between competitor’s rescue boats, medical personnel, and divers.
Each Competitor must take full and sole responsibility for their own sailing arrangements.
Il Comitato ha fatto quello che pare un buon lavoro, ETNZL lo ha confermato dopo il meeting mentre Luna Rossa, Oracle e Artemis non hanno rilasciato commenti, anche se hanno attivamente partecipato al dibattito. ACRM ha specificato poi che l’imponderabile non può essere escluso e che ogni team decide di partecipare assumendosene la responsabilità. Tali misure, tutte necessarie e previdenti, trasformano però la conduzione di una regata in qualcosa di insostenibile per qualunque altro futuro evento, a parte la 34th AC evidentemente.