Sailing your Mach2 Moth – Safety tips
We want you to understand safety as it applies to our product and to equip yourself in order to minimise any risk. Please read on.....
1. Take care to always to wear a buoyancy aid, it's mandatory when racing but in some parts of the world it is not a legal requirement when cruising. However it is sensible to get into the habit of wearing one at all times. Not only will it keep you afloat if things go wrong, but (although they are not designed for it) most buoyancy aids also provide valuable impact protection.
2. Wear a good wetsuit. Modern full-length long arm wetsuits are very good at keeping you warm and also absorbing minor impacts that a sailor can be exposed to. Remember it's one thing to be warm as you work the boat hard, but another to be warm for extended periods of time in the water. Be aware of your surroundings, and invest in the correct kit to keep you warm in all conditions.
3. Try to always sail with a training partner, or failing that make sure someone at your club is aware that you are going sailing. It is also a good idea to take a mobile phone or a VHF radio in an "Aquapac" type waterproof case out with you so you can call for help if you need it.
4. When you are working hard, dehydration can occur quickly. Always make sure you take enough liquid out on the water with you. Cycling style drinks bottle can easily be secured to the toe strap with a piece of elastic.
5. Get in the habit of checking your boat over before you go sailing, replace worn parts and ropes as necessary. It's easier on the land than on the water but if a rope does break, make sure you have some handy lengths of spare rope and a few shackles in the pocket of your life jacket.
6. Sail within your ability. Do not take risks, and if it's too windy or too rough for you, be sensible and go and do something else. There will always be another day
7. Make sure you know the forecast; many a sailor has been caught out by not understanding the true wind speed and/or sea state. Offshore winds for example can look quite benign from the land, but in fact be very strong at the sailing area, and of course with an offshore wind if things go wrong you wont be blown back to the shore either...
8. Consider wearing some form of head protection. Many Moth sailors are now wearing water sports helmets. Moths are capable of very high speeds. This means that you are capable of hitting something at very high speeds too.
9. Finally remember your safety is the responsibility of the skipper. In a Moth, that is you. As if you didn't have enough things to think about!