In 2021, Commodore Lee Alnes created a Safety and Education Committee. Sean Wagner heads a safety committee addressing a multitude of issues. In 2021 coaches were strongly encouraged to use kill switches on all coach boats. That initiative is now mandated in the race documents and monitored at youth regattas. Coaches will receive stickers donated by Sean and Melissa Wagner at ILYA Youth Regattas to serve as a reminder. Prop guards are recommended as an adjunct device.
Two new safeguards were introduced in 2022. Firstly, Safety Cards of each lake illustrating the safety and emergency procedures in and around it. These will ensure that your volunteer race committee, your yacht club staff, spectators or coaches know the procedures for your lake. See the examples below. If your lake is not listed, please consider using the template of one of the included lakes and submit your safety plan to David Berg
for inclusion on the website. In case of emergency the website is a quick resource for our sailors.
Secondly, the ILYA Safety Committee, under the direction of Sean Wagner, assembled comprehensive safety and first aid kits to be available for use by the Safety Officer working for each Race Committee at all ILYA Regattas. Furthermore, the Safety Committee has developed a Race Committee briefing plan and a set Race Day guidelines to help RC and Safety Committee members provide a safe and enjoyable environment for our sailors. For more details, read below.
Emergency Safety Cards
Each ILYA event now has an emergency safety card so all the spectators, support crew and sailors know where and how to call for emergency help. Watch for those sheets posted at the events, on RC boats, handed out with registration.