Harness Tether 7008
On board, Wichard tethers are an essential element in safety. They comply with European standard EN 1095.
Triple tether has 1- 3ft tether and 1 - 6ft. retractable tether. 3 double action hooks - Break load 4580lbs. ORC rule states atleast 30% of the crew must have a tether of this type.
ORC COMPLIANT QUICK RELEASE SAFETY TETHER WITH STRESS INDICATOR
Wichard's new DOUBLE ORC* safety tether (Model #7008) features a one quick release snap shackle, two double action hooks and a built in stress indicator.
Tethers are built with heavy-duty tubular nylon webbing plus they are all bar tack stitched for ultimate strength and safety. The elastic retractable system allows the tether to retract from 2 meters to 1 meter in length.
New ORC Regulations for 2003
5.02.2 At least 30% of the crew shall each, in addition to the above, be provided with either:- a) a safety line not more than 1m long, or b) a mid-point snaphook on an existing 2m safety line
5.02.3 A safety line purchased in 1/01 or later shall have a coloured flag embedded in the stitching, to indicate an overload. A line which has been overloaded shall be replaced as a matter of urgency.
The O.C.R. rule for the Stress indicator reads: "A safety line purchased in
1/2001 or later should have a colored flag embedded in the stitching, to indicate an overload. A line which has been overloaded shall be
replaced as a matter of urgency."
SAFETY AT SEA RULES
CATEGORIES OF OFFSHORE EVENTS:
0 Ocean crossing events (Vendee Globe, BOC, Quebec-San Malo)
1 Long Distance ocean events (Bermuda, Fastnet, etc
2 Offshore along coastlines (Monhegan Race,)
3 Across open water near land (Vineyard race)
4 Bays / Harbors (buoys racing)
PERSONAL SAFETY PRODUCTS
TETHERS - Each crew member shall have a harness, safety line not more than 2m long with a snap hook at each end and
At least 30% of the crew shall, in addition to the above, be provided with either,
A safety line not more than 1m long or
A mid-point snap hook on an existing 2m safety line
A safety line purchased in 1/2001 or later shall have a colored flag embedded in the stitching, to indicate an overload. A line which has
been overloaded shall be replaced as a matter of urgency Required for categories 0 1 2 3
JACKLINES to be made from webbing or uncoated
stainless steel wire of at least 4500lbs. breaking strength and attached to through-bolted or welded deck plates or other suitable strong anchorages. Jacklines to run port and starboard of the yachts centerline to provide secure attachment for safety harness. Required for Categories 0 1 2 3
Clipping Points- Strong anchorage points adjacent to stations such as the helm, sheet winches, and masts, where crewmembers work for long periods. Together with jacklines and static safety lines shall enable a crewmember to clip on before coming on deck, unclip after going below and be able to move about the boat with minimum of clipping and unclipping. Required for categories 0 1 2 3
Stoppers- On Category 0 and FICO events requires that jacklines be equipped at each of their ends with a stopper aimed at blocking the loop of the
safety harness if the anchorage of the jackline breaks.
Re-Board System – On category 0 and FICO events, A system allowing the crewmember who has fallen overboard to climb back on board without assistance must be in place, including when the boat is up turned.
Warning: U-bolts or eyebolts of small diameter can cause carabiners and snaphooks to "rollout" or "capsive" when rotated on one leg of the u-bolt so that the gate bears against the other leg. For this reason the use of plain snaphooks is not recommended.
FICO stands for the Forum International de la Course Oceanique. This organization in conjunction with the ORC, sets additional safety standards for races
such as the Vendee Globe and Quebec-San Malo where additional steps need to be taken to assure safety at sea.