The amendments are highlighted in the document by a sidebar, but a brief summary of significant changes are:
Lifejackets (see OSR 5.01.2)
For all categories down to and including Category 4, the requirements for lifejackets have been specified in more detail. Inflatable lifejackets are required to have a compressed gas inflation system. Crotch strap or thigh straps and a lifejacket light have now been made mandatory having previously been strongly recommended.
VHF Radios (see OSR 3.29.1(e))
The requirement for carrying a hand-held VHF radio transceiver is extended to include all categories down to and including Category 4.
Crew Training Percentage (Category 2)(see OSR 6.01)
Last year the minimum percentage of crew required to do training was temporarily reduced for Category 2 races. It has now been returned to 30 percent; however, it should be noted that the requirement for a minimum of 2 people has been retained.
ISAF Offshore Personal Sea Survival Course / First Aid Training (see OSR 6.02)
The requirement for general first aid training including CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) has been removed from the syllabus effective from the 1st January 2008. The first aid training requirements are now contained in OSR 4.08.4. You should consult with your Member National Authority and race organisers on what a suitable first aid certificate is. It is envisaged that for the foreseeable future an ISAF Approved Offshore Personal Survival Training course completed before the end of the year will be accepted by race organisers as proof of suitable medical training.
White Hand-held Flares (see OSR 4.23)
The requirement for white hand-held flares has been deleted and replaced by requirements for high-powered spotlight/searchlight.
Category 6 (Appendix L)
A new introduction for 2008 is Category 6 which is primarily aimed at dinghies and small keelboats where the participating boats may not be self-sufficient.
Pulpits OSR 3.14
The requirement for the upper rail of the pulpit to go forward of the forestay has been relaxed to align with the requirements of the ISO Standard 15085.
Hull Construction Standards (Scantlings) OSR 3.03
Following submissions by Yachting Australia and the Royal Yachting Association a working party has been appointed to review OSR 3.03.1 with a view to replacing current American Bureau of Shipping Guide for Building and Classing Offshore Yachts requirements and EC RCD Category A with compliance with ISO 12215 including plan review.
ISAF Offshore Special Regulations - www.sailing.org/specialregs