Sailing Safety Session Scheduled April 6-7


March 22, 1992|By Nancy Noyes

One of the area's most valuable safety training opportunities, the annual Safety At Sea Seminar, is set for Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, at the Naval Academy's Alumni Hall, from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days.

The seminar is co-sponsored by the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron and the Sail Annapolis Committee of the Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce.

Designed primarily for offshore-cruising and racing sailors, and those with offshore ambitions, the seminar also is applicable for those who never leave the bay, because emergencies occur anywhere boats and water combine. Preparations and precautions should be taken by every prudent sailor.

An offshoot of a program developed for midshipmen following the disastrous 1979 Fastnet Race, the Safety at Sea Seminar is approved by U.S. SAILING. Completing the course qualifies participants for a certificate from that organization that may be of value in obtaining favorable rates from some insurance carriers.

A basic session is on Saturday, and an advanced version is on Sunday.

On-the-water demonstrations of life raft-helicopter rescues, the Navy's own highly effective quick-stop maneuver, the use of life slings, flares and other emergency equipment, will be at noon Saturday in front of the Robert Crown Sailing Center, which is open to all seminar participants.

The Saturday session, billed as "a how-to session forthe first-time offshore sailor," is a formal series of lectures on awide range of important topics, followed by a question session. On Sunday, the bulk of time will be spent in small sessions with expert panel members, and is suitable for more-experienced offshore sailors.

This year's guest speakers both days include solo circumnavigator/racer Mike Plant, who will discuss physical and mental preparations for rough conditions, illustrated with slides and videos of his own experiences, including a vicious storm in the Indian Ocean he faced during the single-handed BOC Round The World Race.

Also on the agendafor the seminar are presentations by Annapolis naval architects MikeKaufman, Hal Whitacre, and Ken Court of Kaufman & Associates, to discuss design details for safety including keels, rudders, hull structure, chain plates and engine installations.

Navy nurse Lt. Maryalice Morro, who also serves at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, will speak on basic emergency medical considerations, includingcommon offshore problems, first aid, sunburn, saltwater infections, food poisoning, trauma and hypothermia.

On the subject of seasickness, physicist/offshore sailor Dr. Charles Oman of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss everything from its causes to its cures.

Capt. Ron Trossbach, a veteran long-distance offshore cruiser, will speak on boat preparation and damage control, from the preparation of initial checklists, through crew responsibilities, to major damage control.

Highlights of both days will include expert discussions and demonstrations of safety gear and equipment, as well as instruction on emergency procedures, medical factors, heavy weather and meteorology, and preparations for offshore passages and racing.

Sunday's format will include a morning recap of Saturday's topics, followed by a design/safety discussion by the architects from Kaufman & Associates, and a series of three in-depth small-group seminars in the late morning and through the afternoon.

These seminars are designed to allow participants one-on-one interaction, as they discuss important topics and safety issues in greater detail.

Registration for either seminaris $40 in advance, or $70 for both. Fees include coffee and doughnuts, and lunch.

Advance reservations are strongly encouraged by organizers of the seminar. Both seminar days sold out last year, and morethan 1,500 attendees are expected this year, so there will be no guarantee that space will be available at the door.

For reservations or more information, contact the Sail Annapolis Committee, Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce, 1 Annapolis St., Annapolis, Md. 21401. Or call 268-7676.


The Naval Academy women's dinghy team hammered out another win last weekend in the St. Mary's College Women's Intersectional Regatta at St. Mary's in Flying Juniors.

On the heels of the team's win in the academy's own Women's Intersectional the weekend before the St. Mary's event, the Navy women moved from an unranked status last year to a national No. 1 ranking.

In the St. Mary'sevent, B Division skipper Angela Luzier won her class, while Susie Minton and her crew were second in A Division.

With a final score of 103, the Navy women beat St. Mary's, in second with 121, and Princeton, with 140.

At the same time as the women were competing at St.Mary's, the academy was playing host to a huge fleet of four teams each from 20 schools for the annual Truxton Umsted Intersectional Regatta.

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