FISA safety guidelines and buoyancy

FISA safety guidelines and buoyancy

Post by mprus.. » Wed, 08 Dec 2004 21:06:24


There's a draft safety guidelines document on FISA website along with
other stuff about rules changes, etc:

http://www.worldrowing.com/insidefisa/fisaCircular.sps?icustompageid=...

Their proposed buoyancy standard is: "When full of water a boat with
the crew seated in the rowing position should float such that the top
of the seat is a maximum of 50mm below the static waterline."

 
 
 

FISA safety guidelines and buoyancy

Post by Stephen Blockle » Wed, 08 Dec 2004 23:24:48

Quote:

> There's a draft safety guidelines document on FISA website along with
> other stuff about rules changes, etc:

> http://www.worldrowing.com/insidefisa/fisaCircular.sps?icustompageid=...

> Their proposed buoyancy standard is: "When full of water a boat with
> the crew seated in the rowing position should float such that the top
> of the seat is a maximum of 50mm below the static waterline."

Also see links from Rachel Quarrel's Rowing Service:

http://www.rowingservice.com/new.html

and a small piece in print in today's (UK) Daily Telegraph (Sports
Round-up).

It is 2 years since we first contacted FISA to raise our concerns over boat
buoyancy.  Although their wheels move slowly we have always believed their
approach to the issue to be far more informed, open and constructive than
that of our own NGB, the ARA.

It will be fascinating to see what the ARA's response will be.  Some of the
other text in FISA's (draft) minimum Safety Guidelines is lifted from both
the current Safety Codes of the ARA and Rowing Canada, but notably not
the buoyancy section!  We've been told that these two Safety Codes are the
only national ones in existence - can this be true?

The Leo Blockley Campaign will continue to be in contact with FISA during
this draft stage, while there is still the opportunity to push for a more
detailed buoyancy performance standard and to raise our remaining concerns.
We shall also keep them informed of relevant significant developments due
here in the next few months.

Jane and Stephen

 
 
 

FISA safety guidelines and buoyancy

Post by Neil Wallac » Thu, 09 Dec 2004 00:05:44

(snip)

Quote:
>the ARA and Rowing Canada.........  We've been told that these two Safety
>Codes
> are the only national ones in existence - can this be true?

http://www.scottish-rowing.org.uk/applets/SARASafetyCode.pdf

 
 
 

FISA safety guidelines and buoyancy

Post by Stephen Blockle » Thu, 09 Dec 2004 07:19:26

Quote:


> (snip)
>> the ARA and Rowing Canada.........  We've been told that these two
>> Safety Codes
>> are the only national ones in existence - can this be true?

> http://www.scottish-rowing.org.uk/applets/SARASafetyCode.pdf

Of course!

But having had a quick glance through, it appears to be pretty similar to
the old (pre April 2003) ARA Code?

Jane and Stephen

 
 
 

FISA safety guidelines and buoyancy

Post by ebna.. » Thu, 09 Dec 2004 20:10:47

Quote:

> It will be fascinating to see what the ARA's response will be.  Some
of the
> other text in FISA's (draft) minimum Safety Guidelines is lifted from
both
> the current Safety Codes of the ARA and Rowing Canada, but notably
not
> the buoyancy section!  We've been told that these two Safety Codes
are the
> only national ones in existence - can this be true?

True for Germany, not true for Denmark. There is the Danish
'Langtursregelement'.

Quote:
> The Leo Blockley Campaign will continue to be in contact with FISA
during
> this draft stage, while there is still the opportunity to push for a
more
> detailed buoyancy performance standard and to raise our remaining
concerns.
> We shall also keep them informed of relevant significant developments
due
> here in the next few months.

The draft is fascinating. Great. Congratulations to everybody, who
stuggled for it.

But.....
With some experience in writing standards may I direct your attention
to the cicumstance, that there are no methods given for testing and
certifying buoyancy. Maybe that this is a danger for the regulation not
to function as we need it. I think nobody would like to get a brand new
boat swamped with a crew seated in order to verify, that it is in
accordance with the fisa regulations. Or...? What will be the way out
of this situation?

Eberhard