Sailing plan app for all

Madison Erhardt

Canada’s only automated sailing plan app for small vessel safety is about to be launched across the country. 

LRC Consulting Solutions of Kelowna has been awarded a two-year Search and Rescue New Innovation Fund (SARNIF) grant of $595,000 to create a new Sailing Plan mobile app and dashboard to meet regulatory and safety requirements for small commercial vessels.

“The Government of Canada’s Search and Rescue New Innovation Fund supports the development of modern tools like today’s announcement of LRC Consulting Services’ coordinated mobile sailing plan technology,” said Ralph Goodale, minister of public safety.

“This SARNIF grant will help ensure that important work is completed to enhance and support marine safety for all Canadian boaters. Creating and submitting a sailing plan, will never have been easier or more efficient.”

Statistics from The Lifesaving Society indicate that approximately one-third of all water-related deaths in Canada occur while boating, with the majority caused by capsizing, collision or falling overboard.

“As a pilot, I understand the safety requirements of filing a flight plan and filing a sailing plan should be no different.," said Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr.

“Having the Sailing Plan app being developed in Kelowna by one of the leading innovators in our high-tech community will make it easier for commercial boaters to meet their small vessel regulatory aspects and provide recreational boaters with a great new, easy to use, app to increase boater safety for all Canadians,'' Fuhr added. 

For more information head to https://sailingplan.ca.

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