Welcome to your Skippers' Questionnaire 2020 What is your name? What is your email? Race Number? At what distance during the race must all yachts and all other boats >10m, leave their swimmer (or swimmers)? They do not need to leave their swimmer (or swimmers) The support boat can leave whenever as long as the swimmer is with their paddler All support boats must leave their swimmer (or swimmers) at the 19km gate At the 18km gate (Phillip Rock Gate) At the beginning of the race, when may support boats meet up with their swimmer? 500m (marked by yellow buoys) 1000m (marked by red buoys) 1500m (marked by icon vessel) Boats may meet swimmers as close to the beach as they wish, provided it is safe to do so Support boat skippers can only consume alcohol: When there is an alternative skipper on board When they are clear of the Start Channel When there is other support crew on board Support boat skippers are not permitted to drink alcohol during the event During the changeover process (duos & teams): Boats should slow down so that swimmers can avoid the propeller Boats may have their transmission engaged, provided it is not in reverse Boats may reverse to pick up the swimmer which has just completed their leg, provided the 'new' swimmer is in front of the boat ALL support boat motors MUST be disengaged and in neutral, including those using multiple outboard motors where swimmers access the boat via the stern If a commercial ship passes through the channel: Get on the radio and warn everyone Skippers must give way at all times and will be advised by Channel Swim Base of shipping movements during the day The ship should give way to swimmers, approach with caution and stop if the ship fails to give way Pick up their swimmer and get past the ship in time to drop them off on the other side During the day all skippers should tune their radio to VHF Channel 77 and: Leave the radio turned on, but turn the volume down should excessive transmissions occur which are not relevant to their boat Report to Channel Swim Base at all cut-off points Leave the radio volume at a sufficient level at all times and respond to situations per the Support Boat Protocols. It is also important that your radio is ‘dual watching’ with Channel 16 (emergency channel) Inform Channel Swim Base when you reach the 10km & 15km buoys The rhumb line buoys indicate: The southern boundary of the swim course and swimmer/s must stay between these and the northern boundary Distance markers only, which are placed at the most direct route to the finish line Meeting points for swimmers and skippers The exact route of Gerd von Dincklage’s crossing to Rottnest in 1956 If my boat is under 10m and proceeding beyond Phillip Rock, I can help ease congestion in the Finish Channel by: Keeping to the extremities of the course and coming in to change swimmers Staying next to my swimmer and paddler until the 19km mark Speeding up to get out of the way of other boats and swimmer/s Staying inside the buoys set at 18.25km, 18.5km and 18.75km What is the speed limit in the Swim Channel? There is no speed limit in the Swim Channel My speed depends on how fast my swimmer is going There is a 6 knot speed limit at all times during the swim I can go as fast as I like on the course All boats must be equipped with all the required mandatory marine safety and emergency equipment as per the WA Navigable Water Regulations. The minimum boat size in length is? 4 metres for solos; 5 metres for duos and teams 8 metres for solos; 12 metres for duos and teams Dependent on your manufacturer’s plate or the DoT schedule of permitted numbers for boat lengths. The boat must be licensed to carry all 'team' members, including those in the water. There are no minimum boat lengths The northern boundary buoys are in place to: Mark the swim channel boundary and show the start of the rescue corridor and ferry channel Give the swimmer milestones to look forward to Let other vessels know that there is an event on Provide a visual guide for navigating to Rottnest Island All yachts and 10m+ power boats: Aren't allowed in the event There are no restrictions if they have a tender Must stay to either the north, or south edge of the fleet, subject to the northern boundary, and must have a tender Aren't required to give way to ships Making way astern (reversing) is permitted during the race when: There are no boats or swimmers within 10 metres Your boat is in danger of colliding with another boat Support boats MUST NOT make way astern at ANY TIME. This means they must not move backwards Your spotter says it is safe to do so Engaging the reverse thrust of your engine is: Not permitted at any time Permitted, provided it is only used to stop or slow the vessel’s forward momentum and it is safe to do so. The boat must not make way astern at any time Something which should be done regularly to reverse back to a swimmer awaiting pick-up A good way to remove seaweed from your propeller If a swimmer requires medical attention: Ring 000 Proceed immediately to Fremantle or Rottnest, whichever may be closer Phone the Race Director immediately, describe the situation and await further instructions Contact Channel Swim Base and await further instructions When waiting off Cottesloe beach for their swimmer’s wave, support boats should: Wait in the ‘North’ Boundary for waves before 7am, and the ‘South’ Boundary for waves after 7.00am Wait anywhere beyond the boundary (north or south of the start channel) until called by the Boat Coordinator via VHF 77 to move into the Start Channel Move as close as is safely possible to the swimming channel, while still remaining in their respective boundary I can go in whenever I’m ready The equipment specified in the Department of Transport's list of safety equipment is: Required by law for all vessels Only for first time skippers of the event Recommended for support boats Required for all solos/duos/teams that haven’t completed a crossing in under 7 hours in the past two years Do support boats need navigational lights on event day? It is recommended, but not mandatory I navigate using my GPS, not my lights Navigational lights are required between dusk and dawn. As support boats will likely be launching during this time, navigational lights are required. The Department of Transport (Marine Safety) may prosecute those without working navigational lights The event takes place during daylight, so I do not need navigational lights Do support boats have to stay south of the northern boundary buoys, or is that rule only applicable to swimmers? Ideally, all swimmers and support boats would remain south of the northern boundary. However, in the event there is significant congestion around a northern boundary marker, support boats are permitted to go around the buoy, but paddlers and swimmers must stay to the south at all times Yes, at all times Support boats and swimmers must stay north of the northern boundary The northern boundary markers are not relevant to me Tenders are exempt from registration if: They adhere to the Department of Transport (Marine Safety) guidelines stipulating it is no more than 3.1 metres long and has a motor no bigger than 5hp They have lifejackets on board Tenders are not required in this event All tenders are exempt The Rottnest Channel Swim is: Is a community event from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island The largest open water swim event in the world Is a safe event because skippers make it so Is a great day out All of the above Jetskis can be used as tenders? Yes No, they are not permitted to be used in the Rottnest Channel Swim as tenders Time is Up!