It's sign-up time again for sea-safety seminar

January 29, 1995|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Each spring for 16 years, the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron and the Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce have held the Safety-at-Sea Seminar, and in most years the sessions have been sold out and boaters who have attended have been glad they've done so..

This year, the seminar will be held April 1 and 2 at Mahan Hall on the academy grounds. The two-day event is separated into two levels, with April 1 set aside for basic instruction and April 2 for advanced sailors.

Topics to be discussed include safety gear, EPIRBs and their uses, medical considerations, crew and boat preparation, Chesapeake Bay weather and heavy weather.

On-the-water demonstrations will include man-overboard recovery, survival life raft deployment, a comparison of flares and their uses and Coast Guard helicopter evacuation procedures.

Featured speakers will include trans-Pacific sailor Chuck Hawley; Cam Lewis, 1993 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year; meteorologist Topper Shutt; Annapolis Yacht Club commodore and veteran racer Steve Hiltabidle, and naval architect Mike Kaufman.

Tickets will be $40 per day or $70 for both days and are available through the Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce, 1 Annapolis St., Annapolis, Md. 21401 (410-268-7676).

Fishing seminars

The Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association will present eight fishing seminars at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis on Feb. 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Topics will be offshore trolling (Capt. George McCullough); spring fishing the Chesapeake Bay (Capt. Rich Novotny); bottom fishing the mid-bay (Capt. Sonney Forrest); rigging and knot FTC tying (Capts. Mark Sampson and Bruce McGuigan); offshore fishing (Sampson and Capt. Oscar Paquette); fall fishing the bay (Novotny); saltwater fly fishing (Capt. Brady Bounds), and electronics, outfitting and boat handling (Marty Jester and Forrest).

Cost of the program will be $35 and tickets may be purchased through the MSSA at 410-768-8666.

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