Risk Assessment (Part 2)
Capsize – The Boat is self-righting once Ballast water has been stowed in correct position.
In the event of capsize, becoming tangled with the boat and being getting trapped is a risk,
to ensure that this does not happen there will be deck knifes fitted throughout the boat as
well as a small knife attached to the life jacket itself.
Cooking – Crew will always wear water proofs while cooking to reduce the risk of hot water
burn. The cooker and hot water will be contained in moveable but fixed gimbals.
Weight loss – A 20% loss of body weight is expected therefore it is important to gain weight
prior to starting and to bring sufficient calorific food, this will be in the form of dried expedition
food, wet food pouches and high calorie snacks.
Bad weather Tactics – Deploying the para anchor will significantly reduce the chance of
capsize. It is imperative to stay locked in the cabin in the event of capsize and let boat selfright.
Rowing in difficult conditions – Wearing Offshore foul weather gear and warm clothing
underneath will reduce risk of cold injury and make to conditions more bearable.
Nonlife threatening injury or other medical issues – The team Doctor will offer advice on
any medical issues or non-life threatening injury. A comprehensive medical kit will be
carried on board the boat and the Doctor will advise the correct course of medication
needed. All crew are first aid and sea survival trained. We will have two nominated medics
Abandoning to life raft / Life threatening situation – Send mayday and activate EPIRB
and PLB. If vessel is sinking or on fire and it cannot be controlled the life raft will be
deployed and sea survival suit will be adorned, bring grab bag and EPIRB on life raft.
Life raft and EPIRB fitted with Hydrostatic release – Upon submersion in water both will
activate and float to the surface. If the boat goes down quickly the life raft will still deploy and
emergency services Falmouth coastguard will be alerted without manual activation. There
will be work carried out on the boat to make it safer, such as an area that is flat and
comfortable to sit on for tasks like cooking and deploying the para anchor. Hard points are
fitted throughout attached to extra grab handles and an extra guard rail will be fitted along
the boat to minimise the risk of going overboard. There must be easy access and to the
safety lines on deck, the need to be clipped onto at all times, it must also be able to move
freely up and down the without impeding movement.
The boat is a Plywood construction with a V shaped hull heavier than modern boats made of
Carbon Fibre and Fibre Glass. She has crossed the Atlantic in the past by a more northerly
shorter route. Capsize is a risk but she is designed to withstand this. Plywood is also more
likely to bend and creek rather than snap like modern materials they have proven track
records for decades of safely getting crews across oceans and it significantly reduces the
costs of an expedition if anything goes wrong as its cheaper to get work done on plywood
than modern materials also easier to fix at sea if something should break. The down side is
its heavier and slower but safer and a lot more stable in the water compared to her modern
counter parts that are built for speed sacrificing protection from following seas and stability
on the water and less likely to capsize and get blown off course dramatically during down
time this can also be reduced massively my deploying a Para Anchor.
Scrutineering – All kit will be scrutineered before it gets shipped, and before the start of the
row by the skipper and by a third party who has relevant training and expedition experience
to ensure that all kit and equipment is serviceable.