Yachting Australia Issues Safety Notice Calling for Propeller Guards
Yachting Australia is a federation of 8 state and territory yachting associations that represent a total of nearly 400 affiliated sailing clubs and about 60,000 members.
DiscoverSailing.org.au and Australian Sailing are also under the Yachting Australia umbrella organization.
The recent Safety Notice is a continuation of many steps being taken in Australia to improve boat propeller safety.
Per the statement, Yachting Australia recommends “The use of propeller guards for outboard engines at training centres and clubs where there is dinghy and windsurfing training.”
The Safety Notice closes with,
Yachting Australia recommends all sailing clubs and training centres, which own and use vessels powered by outboard motors to rescue people or capsized boats, to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment and review of the need for propeller guards as part of the risk mitigation.
The entire Safety Notice can be seen at Yachting Australia Safety Information Notice No.2 of 2013.
It was sent to every sailing club in Australia.