The PIC Coastal Classic is just around the corner and skippers need to be aware there will be no safety inspections for entrants after October 11.
Yachting New Zealand inspectors have undertaken inspections in previous years up until the evening before the start of the 119 nautical mile race from Auckland to the Bay of Islands. This put the inspectors under pressure and compromised safety because there often wasn't enough time to rectify issues and then do a reinspection.
All boats in this year's Coastal Classic, which starts on October 25, need to hold a valid category 3 (minus life raft) safety certificate. If a full category 3 certificate is required at this time, a life raft or suitable dinghy should be included.
Yachting New Zealand have a nationwide network of yacht inspectors who are always available for advice and assistance with all aspects of your yacht's safety. These inspectors are appointed by Yachting New Zealand under delegation from Maritime New Zealand.
To arrange an inspection, please contact an inspector in your region.
Category 3 is generally in-water, however, in some circumstances a yacht may be required to have an out-of-water inspection.
See here for more information on safety inspections or contact Yachting New Zealand safety and technical officer Angus Willison.