Safety-At-Sea Seminar next weekend

SAILING

March 20, 1994|By NANCY NOYES

The 15th annual Safety-At-Sea Seminar, one of the area's most valuable safety training opportunities, is set for Saturday at the U.S. Naval Academy's Mitscher Hall and Sunday at Chauvenet Hall.

Co-sponsored by the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron and the Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the U.S. Sailing Association, Cruising World magazine and West Marine, the two-day event will address the latest sailing safety techniques and equipment needs of civilian novices as well as more experienced offshore sailors.

Originally designed for Naval Academy midshipmen, the popular Safety-At-Sea program has been credited with saving lives and enthusiastically is endorsed by the U.S. Coast Guard. Its life-saving know-how is useful not only for those who never have sailed offshore, but also for those who sail the high seas regularly.

The event will have two levels of instruction, with a basic session on Saturday, and a more advanced version on Sunday.

TC Top sailing experts will address subjects such as boat preparation, damage control, basic medical considerations, emergency flare demonstrations, basic weather reading, and life raft survival.

Featured speakers include moderator and TransPac sailor Chuck Hawley; veteran racing and cruising sailor Warren Brown from Bermuda of War Baby fame; weather expert Rob Blythe, USN; mental preparation and crisis management expert Steve Black; naval architect Mike Kaufman; Baltimore Shock Trauma Center and Navy nurse Lt. Maryalice Morro, USN; technical editor Ralph Naranjo of Cruising World; and life raft survival expert Howard Shure of Airworks.

Hawley has been sailing along the California coast since he was six, and has completed five TransPac races, including two single-handed races in ultralight displacement sloops.

In 1983, he crewed on the maxi-ULDB Charley in the L.A.-to- Honolulu and was first to finish. On the return trip from the islands, Charley lost her keel 300 miles north of Kauai. Hawley and his crew were able to deliver the boat back to Honolulu without incident.

In total, Hawley has logged more than 30,000 ocean miles under sail. He has worked for West Marine for 11 years, and currently is Director of Technical Information in the West Marine Catalog.

The Sunday advanced format will progress further and include a basic safety session recap with yacht design safety considerations, as well as an open forum/question-and-answer session to allow participants more one-on-one interaction to discuss safety issues in greater detail.

Also scheduled will be U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue demonstrations, which will include man overboard recovery and USCG Helicopter Evac procedures.

In addition, the Academy sailors' demonstrations of upwind and downwind quick-stop maneuvers for man-overboard recovery are valuable for all sailors. This technique, developed in large part at the academy, has proven highly successful and has come into wide use over the past few years.

Included as well will be a demonstration of a short-handed man overboard recovery using a life sling system.

All on-water demonstrations are set for noon on Saturday, on the Severn River in front of the Academy's Robert Crown Sailing Center.

Tickets are available at $40 for the day or $70 for the two-day session. Seating is limited, and early registration is advised, particularly since each day's session will cost $50 at the door.

If you are planning a trip offshore or an overnight voyage, the Annapolis Safety-At-Sea Seminar will give you the required tools needed to get through an unforeseen emergency.

For ticket information, call or write the Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce, One Annapolis St., Annapolis, Md. 21401, phone (410) 268-7676.

Atomic Four workshop

The Pearson 30 Association is sponsoring an all-day seminar/workshop on Saturday on the subject of the care and feeding of Atomic Four marine engines.

Led by Don Moyer of Moyer Marine in Harrisburg, Pa., the workshop will cover steps boat owners can take to get maximum performance from their engines and what periodic maintenance is needed to ensure the engine lasts. Covered will be the cooling and ignition systems, reversing gear, carburetor and oil pressure system, as well as trouble-shooting and adjustment procedures for all major systems.

The workshop, which is open to the public, will be held at Annapolis Yacht Club, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A $22 admission fee covers coffee, sodas, a soup and sandwich buffet and printed handouts.

For information or to register, call John McCahan, (410) 956-6294.

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