offshore safety - page 2

4.2 Responsibilities

Going to sea always involves risk. A skipper's approach and assessment of risk is key to a safe passage. Whilst risk can never be eliminated, it can be managed and reduced by ensuring the boat is prepared and crew informed. 

Decisions on safety ultimately rest with the skipper, who should be in possession of all the information necessary to make those decisions. A good skipper and a well-briefed crew are the most effective safety elements onboard. 

Whether racing or cruising, it is the skipper's decision to set off or stay at sea. When a skipper makes that decision, they have a responsibility to keep the crew and vessel safe.

The crew have a responsibility to understand their limits since their actions could put them and their crewmates at risk. In an emergency situation, their reactions could also make the difference. The skipper should also appoint a second person to take over their responsibilities, should they become incapacitated. 

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