Safety At Sea Seminars

Safety depends on planning, preparation and practice-and the hard information you will learn at a sanctioned Safety at Sea seminar  (published May 2015) The 1979 Fastnet Race in the cold waters of the North Atlantic and Irish Sea saw one of the worst fleet disasters in sailboat racing history. In

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Care and Maintenance of Safety Gear

Staying safe at sea means having the proper gear and ensuring that everything will work as planned in the event of an emergency. This article is an excerpt from Safety at Sea, published by US Sailing  (published May 2014) All safety gear must be up-to-date, inspected and properly stowed with

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Life Raft Servicing

Taking proper care of your life raft is critical to making sure it will work when you need it most  (published May 2014) When I stepped into my life raft at Westpac Marine Services in Tacoma, Wash. and sat down, I tried to imagine what it would be like to

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Life Rafts

A comprehensive guide to life rafts, their equipment, storage and deployment (published May 2014) Life rafts are designed to keep the crew of a vessel alive for a short period of time after the vessel becomes uninhabitable due to fire or sinking. They provide a modest amount of shelter, equipment,

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When Your Steering Fails

The best way to avoid steering problems is to maintain the equipment. But you also need to have a Plan B if it does fail.  (published March 2104) Winds were brisk at 40 knots and the waves were large as we beam reached across the Southern Ocean on the Whitbread

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Flares in the Night

While racing to Bermuda, the glow of a flare arced across the sky. Now what?  (published March 2013) Serious cruising has many faces. One skipper might choose to meander over the horizon on extended passages, while another might be more inclined towards gunkholing near the shallows to quietly have lunch

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Idle Musings on Potential Disasters

Having a few tricks up your sleeve might help more than merely greeting the problem with a puzzled look  (published February 2013) Problems can happen as a result of a variety of precipitating events. What caused all of the electronics instruments to go out as we crossed the North Atlantic?

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The Second to Worst Case Scenario

EPIRBs continue to provide a unique measure of safety to our activities offshore. Here is the story behind what happens if and when you're ever required to push that button.  (published January 2013) The winds had been steadily building for several days as Great American approached within 350 miles of

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