Imagine a vessel is stranded, and a shot-line has been fired from the lifesaving crew ashore. The team must work together to construct, secure, and execute a breeches buoy rescue.
Two members of the team will be on the wreck mast (tower), one of whom is to be rescued. They will wear rigging belts and lanyards while on the platform. A shot line will already be in place between the wreck mast and the shore at the start of the event. The lifesaving (ground) crew will start from attention. Time begins at the judge's signal, and ends when the rescued team member is safely ashore and the ground crew is called to attention by the cox'n.
For safety reasons, the cox'n is the only person allowed to talk, whistle or make any mouth signals to the ground crew. The two team members in the tower may talk to each other, but all communication between the ground crew and the tower must be done with the proper visual signals, as follows:
Proper hand signals must be used after each part of the rigging operation between mast and shore. The cox'n will acknowledge the signals from the mast, and one team member in the tower will acknowledge the signals from the shore by repeating them. If crossed signals are used (i.e.; negative reply to the affirmative signal), the next step of the operation will not be performed until signals and situation are in agreement. Judges will enforce this, and the clock will continue to run.
The judge will blow a whistle to signal an error in procedure that may lead to a safety problem, and all participants must stop immediately. The judge will not stop an error until it becomes a safety problem. The clock will continue to run while errors are fixed.
Water line will be clearly marked, and team members are not allowed to cross it at any time during the event. All knots that are tied on the tower must have at least six inches of bitter end or will be considered improper. Shear legs must be straight to leaning slightly towards the dead-man, and hawser must be straight and taught from dead-man to mast. All team members must remain outside the endless-line while it is moving, and will receive a warning from the judge on the first occurrence. Repeated offenses will result in a safety violation penalty or disqualification.
Disqualification of the entire team will result for any misconduct, repeated unsafe procedures, gross safety violations, slamming the chair into the shear-legs or allowing it to swing free, or allowing the rescued person to drag or drop into the simulated water.
Talking, improper or missed signals, and water line violations (by the ground crew) will result in the following:
First offense: 30 seconds added to the total time
Second offense: 60 additional seconds added to the total time
Third offense: Disqualification
Under the direction of the cox'n alone, the crew will accomplish the following:
All knots must be untied prior to leaving the event area. This will not be timed.