The United States A Class Association Safety Mission Statement
The USACA is committed to a safe racing environment. The USACA understands that close competition of performance-racing catamarans may result in serious injury due to the nature of the boat, the speeds at which these boats can travel and the close quarters racing which is inherent in high performance sail boat racing, especially foiling Aclass catamarans. Our class is committed to working with Organizing Associations (yacht clubs, sailing clubs, etc.), other classes, professional response entities and equipment manufacturers to continue the development of a safe racing environment.
The following requirements for World Championships in the US and North American Championships must be submitted and approved by the USACA in advance of registration for the event. Failure to provide the following to USACA in advance will result in USACA not sanctioning the event.
1. The Organizing Authority (OA) must have a written Safety Response Plan provided to USACA.
2. The OA must develop an Incident Action Plan with local response professionals to be reviewed by the USACA.
3. A list of on the water resources (as required by USACA Safety Committee) such as Safety boats (RIBS preferred), AEDs, first aid kits, backboards, etc. must be submitted to the USACA for approval.
4. On the water personnel numbers and training requirements (as required by USACA Safety Committee.)
Requirements Non-Championship Regatta in the US (all other regattas sanctioned by USACA that are not North American Champoinship or World Championship Regattas in the US )
1. The OA must have a written Safety Response Plan provided to the USACA.
2. The OA must designate an on the water safety response. The goals of the designated safety response include needed response tools (as required by USACA Safety Committee) such as, Ribs, AEDs, proper first aid kits and other useful equipment. If not, the USACA will assist in providing some of these tools as needed.
Recommendations for Sailors
1. It is required that all sailors wear a USCG personal flotation device while competing.
2. It is recommended that all competitors carry a waterproof/submersible VHF, preferably with GPS signaling, attached to their person while on the water.
3. It is recommended that all competitors carry a signaling device while on the water. A whistle, horn or signal mirror are all recommended for signaling.
4. It is recommended that all competitors wear a helmet.
5. It is required that all competitors carry a tow rope.
6. It is recommended that all competitors carry a knife.