Event co-ordinator and delegates on shore will use mobile phones.

Director’s mob 0408 888 892

On the water VHF channels will be used:

  • Channel 16 – for distress and calling. Always change to another channel after calling
  • Channel 67 – supplementary distress and calling channel. Also used for safety broadcasts
  • Channel 73 – mostly used for vessels talking to a Marine Rescue NSW shore station
  • Channel 72 and 77 – for ship-to-ship working. Use this to pass messages between vessels
  • Channel 21, 22, 80, 81 & 82 – repeaters. Used for passing information about vessel movements and the safety of vessels and persons. Keep messages as brief as possible (no more than one minute in total) and DO NOT use these channels for chatter. Not all channels are available in a given area. Ask your local Marine Rescue NSW Unit for more information. SYDNEY IS CHANNEL 22

During the event it is possible that other vessels, craft or swimmers, cross the course or are stationary (fishing boats). In line with NSW RMS rules skippers should be knowledgeable in the boating rules and “Safety on the water”. Ensure proper look out and give way to:

  • Sailing vessels
  • Vessels approaching head on, by altering course to starboard
  • Vessels approaching from the right (starboard) hand side, ie crossing
  • Vessels displaying the special lights and signals shown in this chapter
  • Large vessels restricted in their manoeuvrability
  • Any vessel being overtaken
  • Vessels engaged in fishing activities and showing appropriate signals.

Event support boat will communicate with any vessels along the course, if encountered and advise skippers. Should any skipper identify a possible situation, then they must advise others as a safety broadcast.