sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : NSW Maritime urges caution at coastal bar crossings

NSW Maritime urges caution at coastal bar crossings

'Evans Head - Bar Crossing'    Halden Boyd Pandanus Media

NSW Maritime would like to remind surfers, windsurfers, kite boarders and kayakers to stay clear of boats that are navigating coastal bar crossings.

NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn said the warning followed a fatal incident earlier this month on the Gold Coast where a surfer died after he was struck by a boat at a bar crossing.

'Every skipper who navigates a bar crossing must be well prepared and on high alert, their vessel must be well prepared and seaworthy, and everyone on board must wear a type one lifejacket,' Mr Dunn said.

'Once a skipper is committed to navigating across a bar, their ability to manoeuvre is extremely limited. Depending on the direction of the wind and waves, boats generally navigate through a particular channel which is often unmarked but defined by the best available deep water. 'Waves at coastal bars can also attract surfers, kite boarders, sailboarders and kayakers.

'All these activities can take place in, and around, bar areas if people apply care, courtesy and commonsense, and observe the law.' Mr Dunn said that whilst power vessels generally give way to non powered vessels, the regulations require surfers, kite boarders and paddlers to take care not to obstruct or impede the safe navigation of any vessel.

'While the regularly-used channel is generally clear of white water, there are times and conditions when surf breaks across the known course,' he said. 'Negotiating breaking waves in any boat is hazardous and requires experience, preparation and planning. If the vessel is broached, swamped, or capsizes during the bar crossing, lives are at risk.'

Penalties apply for obstructing or impeding the safe navigation of a vessel and can range from an on-the-spot fine of $250 to a court-imposed penalty of up to $5,500.

Bar safety information at http://www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/offshore.html




by Neil Patchett

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=83718

4:06 AM Fri 20 May 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
NSW Maritime News

Related News Stories:

20 Jul 2011  NSW Maritime warns of dangerous sea conditions
23 Jun 2011  Oil spill training exercise for Port of Eden
18 Jun 2011  NSW Police search for missing Shoalhaven Heads sailor
16 Jun 2011  Operation Cold Water sparks new boater warnings
10 Jun 2011  Steer clear of Darling Harbour South on Sunday
08 Jun 2011  $5 Million for better boating facilities
02 Jun 2011  Carbon Monoxide victim on Lake Macquarie
04 May 2011  NSW Maritime issues weather warning
15 Dec 2010  Nine new fisheries officers to protect NSW State’s fisheries resources
05 Feb 2010  NSW Maritime Operation ‘Blue Water’ targets coastal boating safety
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World





Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,




























470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard by 470 International Association Class,


































AWT Hatteras Wave Jam action commences on day 3
Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from San Francisco - Final Day
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier
ISAF Sailing World Championship - Videos from Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds: Buckingham into Medal Race, 470's stay consistent
470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years
America’s Cup: The Future is foiling – AC45s to be modified
Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt
Red Bull 49erFX: On the eve of the Worlds in Santander
America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Racing launches partnership with Yamaha   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Starts tomorrow   
Rio 2016 Daylight the issue for Olympic sailing regatta   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - USA 470's and Lasers battle at top   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 5 video highlights   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander images by Jesús Renedo   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - No action on day 2   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification   
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Finns off to slow start in Santander   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Seesaw Day 5 in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - 470 sailors shine in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Kiwi Ray Davies returns to TP52 fleet   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - No windsurfing action on day 1   
A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Prizegiving images by Chuck Lantz   
ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video   
18ft skiffs: Carnage compilation from the glory days of the Grand Prix   
ISAF Worlds: Video from the British Sailing Team   
Bart's Bash expected to set new records this weekend   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Marcilio Browne wins Super Session   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT