Please select your home edition
Edition
Mackay Boats

Sailors with DisAbilities upgrade safety with latest Survitec gear

by Survitec Group on 20 Jan 2013
Safety gear from Survitec RFD Marine Safety Equipment http://www.rfd.com.au/
Ocean yacht racing at the best of times can be a dangerous sport, however with a full crew of 19 sailors on board, some of whom are profoundly disabled, the hazards can be magnified.

Survitec Australia is a committed long term sponsor of the Sailors With DisAbilities (SWD) group and have recently up-rated the safety equipment on board the SWD ocean racing boat, Wot Eva.

The big TP52 operated by SWD was gifted to the SWD organisation in a generous act of philanthropy by Graeme Wood, founder of the Wotif.com company.

Timed to coincide with the 2012 Sydney to Hobart campaign, Survitec Managing Director Mark Barker recently delivered a complete kit of the latest Crewsaver and Kannad safety equipment. This will be fully utilised by the crew of Wot Eva in the 2012 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Included in the safety kit are the Crewfit 190 Inflatable Lifejackets from the Crewsaver line up and Kannard R10 Survivor Recovery System.

The model supplied is a manual inflate version with harness attaching ring. The Kannad R10 is the very latest in man-overboard technology. Each crew member wears an R10 personal unit. In a man-overboard situation, the unit emits a homing beacon back to the vessel. This allows the skipper to bring the boat alongside the person in the water, even in the darkest of nights or most stormy of seas.

Survitec Australia also provides SWD with strobes, Kannad EPIRBS, RFD harnesses, liferafts and the ongoing servicing of these vital pieces of safety equipment. In addition, Survitec Australia helps with essential cash support that allows Sailors With DisAbilities to continue and expand their program.

'We recognise that our safety program has to be all the more vigilant due to the physical limitations of our crew,' said David Pescud of Sailing With DisAbilities.

'Our stated objective is to have the best of safety equipment on board WotEva and the products which we have from Survitec certainly are world class in every respect. We rate the support that Survitec offers us as highly relevant and very genuine.'

'We are very much indebted to Survitec and Mark Barker for having such a robust safety program.'

In addition to WotEva, the SWD organisation continues to operate their original blue water yacht, Kayle.

'We became involved with the SWD organisation when we saw the fine work that they were doing with young people,' said Mark Barker, Managing Director of Survitec Australia.

'Not only do they provide an opportunity for people with a physical disability to try sailing in a safe and supportive environment, but they also do a fantastic job with school children with behavioural problems. We recognised that the SWD organisation needed a heightened level of safety equipment for their 16.2m racing yacht, Kayle, so we stepped up and provided the essential safety gear to assist.'

Survitec Group in Australia (RFD Australia Pty Ltd) is primarily involved in the supply, service and project management of marine, fire, life support and gas control equipment to Government Departments and major corporations in the region. In the marine segment Survitec Group services recreational boating as well as the defence, shipping and aviation industries. Major brands distributed include: RFD, Toyo, DSB, Lifeguard, Beaufort, Plastimo, Kannad Marine, Comet, Hammar and Compact.

More at www.rfd.com.au
Giacomo Yacht SaleProtector - 660 x 82Insun - AC Program

Related Articles

Int Moth Worlds - Zhik returns to its spiritual home at 2017 Worlds
Zhik is returning to its roots as the official clothing sponsor of the 2017 McDougall McConaghy Moth World Championships Zhik, the innovative sailing apparel specialist, is returning to its roots as the official clothing sponsor of the 2017 McDougall McConaghy Moth World Championships. And, ten years on, the Moths are returning to their spiritual home on Lake Garda. Zhik and the International Moth class are virtually synonymous with each other.
Posted on 20 Jul
World Sailing confirms strong presence at Yacht Racing Forum 2017
The tenth edition of the Yacht Racing Forum, in Aarhus, Denmark will reassemble the sport’s key personalities and actors The tenth edition of the Yacht Racing Forum, in Aarhus, Denmark (November 27-28) will once again reassemble the sport’s key personalities and actors, including a strong delegation of World Sailing representatives.
Posted on 19 Jul
Watch Change in Crosshaven - UK Sailmakers under new command
'Our strength has always been service, quality and people. Right now, they are Graham, Claire and Barry.' The famous Crosshaven loft that is part of the UK Sailmakers organisation will shortly have a new crew on deck. Barry Hayes, Claire Morgan and Graham Curran are taking over from Des McWilliam who is stepping down after 39 years in the business and 25 years at the helm of McWilliam Sailmakers.
Posted on 3 Jul
When the going gets hot Zhik has the answers on what to wear afloat
Whilst many of us Brits are looking in the sailing bag wondering what on earth to wear afloat in this heatwave Whilst many of us Brits are looking in the sailing bag wondering what on earth to wear afloat in this heatwave, Zhik the Australian sailing apparel innovators are set up for dealing with extreme heat, moisture management and sun protection.
Posted on 22 Jun
AkzoNobel named as official supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard
The competing boats– including team AkzoNobel’s brand new Volvo Ocean 65– have already been coated with Awlgrip products AkzoNobel will be the official coatings supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard in 2017-18, after signing a deal to ensure that the fleet of Volvo Ocean 65 racing yachts will be coated with the company’s International and Awlgrip range of products
Posted on 29 May
World Sailing and Volvo join forces for the future of sailing
The partnership is a signal of the Volvo Ocean Race's commitment to the sport and future of offshore sailing. As part of an ambitious plan, World Sailing will partner with the Volvo Ocean Race, owned by Volvo Group and Volvo Car Group, to develop the next generation of offshore sailors.
Posted on 18 May
TIMEZERO by MaxSea extends navigation partnership with Clipper Race
TIMEZERO by MaxSea, has been named as the Official Navigation Software Supplier for Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Returning for its second race partnership, TIMEZERO by MaxSea, has been named as the Official Navigation Software Supplier for the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race.
Posted on 18 May
North Technology buys Hall Spars from receivership
North Technology Group (NTG) has announced the acquisition of the Hall Spars business out of receivership. North Technology Group (NTG) has announced the acquisition of the Hall Spars business out of receivership. The Hall Spars US parent company announced in early 2017 that it would be closing the doors due to well publicized financial challenges. The acquisition covers Auckland and Brekens and Hall Spars will re-establish in Rhode Island
Posted on 9 May
SAP brings cutting-edge solutions to World Sailing
World Sailing announces SAP, a market leader in enterprise application software, as its Official Technology Partner Over the next four years, SAP will bring its cutting-edge, innovative solutions to World Sailing's World Cup Series of events. SAP will transform the events by improving performance on the water, reinventing the fan experience on the shoreline and at home, simplifying operations for sailors and coaches and supplying media with information and insights to deliver a more informed commentary.
Posted on 2 May
New addition to North Sail for Volvo Ocean 65 racing machines
Their sails have powered eight out of nine Volvo Ocean Race winners since 1989-90, with Steinlager 2. Instead of assembling cloth panels into a particular sail shape, the Volvo Ocean Race sails are composites. This means that 3Di material 'tapes' are laid in a specific arrangement, offering stable structure to the sail where it is needed most.
Posted on 24 Apr