You must have offshore experience
The RWYC Lonely Rock Race is not a race for novices. Every crew member must have experience of sailing a boat offshore and be prepared to encounter heavy weather. Competitors may be required to provide evidence of their offshore experience.
Safety and Life-Saving Equipment – lifejackets must be worn, and crew overboard beacons must be carried, at all times while on deck.
Qualifying Experience requirement
The minimum qualifying experience requirement is 300 nautical miles of offshore sailing on the boat entered into the Race within 18 months of the start of the Race. This may be completed in one race, two races one of which must be overnight, or a single offshore cruise of 300 miles measured between not more than 2 turning points. Qualifying must be completed by a minimum of 50% of the crew including the Person in Charge.
Offshore Personal Survival Training
At least 30% of the boat’s crew, including the Person in Charge, must have completed training to Section 6 of the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations and gained a certificate from a World Sailing approved Offshore Personal Survival Training Course. Training must have taken place within 5 years of the start of the race. We do recommend that 100% of the crew has completed this training for your own and others safety at sea.
First Aid Training
At least one member of the boat’s crew must have completed a First Aid Training Course and hold an in-date certificate. The course shall comply with OSR 6.05.2 and have been completed within five years of the start of the race. The qualifications of Doctors, Paramedics or similarly trained medical professionals will be accepted, provided they are familiar with the topics in OSR Appendix H.