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Safety, Navigation and Weather

In the interest of improving safety knowledge, the Lake Ontario Offshore Racing organizing committee has created this page to share any relevant safety, navigation and weather resources that might contribute to a safer experience for our racers. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with them and we welcome any contribution to this web page; please send your favorite links to the safety committee. These resources will be updated regularly.

Safety Requirements
Safety and Survival Training
Accident and Safety Related Reports
Best Practices and Recommendations
  • The Final Report of the 2005 US Boat Crew Overboard Rescue Symposium
  • The Lifesling Owner’s Preparation Guide
  • Sailing Foundation Life Sling Demonstration Video
  • OSR 5.02.5 b) A harness should be fitted with a crotch strap or thigh straps.
  • OSR 5.02.5 c) Safety lines (tethers) snaphooks should be of a type which will not self-release from a U-bolt and which can be easily released under load (crew members are reminded that a personal knife may free them from a safety line in emergency)
  • All safety lines (tethers) should have a mid-point snaphook on a 2m safety line or a separate 1m safety line
  • PFD’s should be equipped with a crotch or thigh strap (holding down device)
Lake Ontario Navigation
Lake Ontario Hazardous Areas
Weather Resources


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