2017 Hands-on Safety-at-Sea Seminar - Bigger and Better
The Storm Trysail Club, with the support of the Storm Trysail Foundation, will be hosting our fourth Hands-On Safety-at-Sea Seminar on May 20, 2017, at the campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College at Fort Schuyler in the Bronx, New York.
According to Event Chairman Charles "Butch" Ulmer, "The popular format of one-day Hands-On activities will be supplemented by online video presentations produced by the Storm Trysail Foundation and U.S. Sailing. These videos will provide additional learning that will enable attendees to qualify for full World Sailing (formerly ISAF) certification."
At the 2017 seminar, over 250 attendees will participate in four 90-minute Hands-On "blocks" bracketed by opening and closing sessions. The four blocks include: on-the-water Man Overboard practice held on 11 40-50 foot ocean racing yachts loaned by STC members; Survival Training in the swimming pool using inflatable PFDs and life rafts; Firefighting and Flares, where fires are extinguished and hand held flares and parachute flares are fired by each person; Damage Control with rig cutting, hull patching, steering gear repair, use of pumps, and actual plugging holes in a mockup of a sinking yacht. Highly qualified instructors and coaches are involved throughout. Previous years' participants have asked for additional safety-at-sea training and, in response to that input, Storm Trysail had has created an advanced program for returning participants.
Seminar Moderator Richard du Moulin noted that, "The new Level 200 program will be open to sailors who have attended a Hands-On Safety-at-Sea Seminar (now called Level 100) within the past five years, or who have full World Sailing certification or equivalent. Level 200 participants will spend a half day on the water and half ashore." This extended time on the water will enable sailors to practice multiple man overboard recovery techniques (with a real survival swimmer), reef and unreef, set a storm jib and storm trysail, perform damage control drills (fire, flooding, broken mast), and inflate a raft and actually abandon ship. Classroom sessions will include an interactive round table discussion with scenario planning, Medicine at Sea, Emergency Communication, and Evacuation with experts including the U.S. Coast Guard. The Level 200 program will be run concurrently at SUNY and is limited to 48 sailors.
The Seminar website will go active immediately after New Years and will be reachable via www.StormTrysailFoundation.org, but please hold the date! The Level 100 and 200 are excellent means to prepare for the 2017 sailing season, whether you plan on the Annapolis to Newport Race, the Marblehead to Halifax Race, or local cruising and racing.
New! From US Sailing - Safety at Sea Handbook. Special Deal during the Seminar.
Click HERE to learn more about the SAS Handbook.
OUR JUNIOR SAFETY-AT-SEA SEMINARS ARE SPONSORED BY
The Jamie Boeckel Memorial Foundation was established in 2002 shortly after the sudden and tragic death of Jamie in a yacht racing accident while performing bowman duties aboard Blue Yankee on Long Island Sound. The mission of the fund is to preserve Jamie's memory through various charitable endeavors that reflect his adventurous and generous spirit.
Maine Maritime Academy is pleased to host our Storm Trysail Foundation Jr. Safety@Sea Seminar on Monday, July 17, 2017. The Jr. Safety@Sea Seminar is also a unique opportunity to experience the thrill of big boat sailing while simultaneously being introduced to the important safety practices that could save a life out on the water. Come on out and support this wonderful event, and get all of the tips and training to go on to sail safely for many years to come.
The Storm Trysail Foundation's 2017 Junior Safety-At-Sea Schedule:
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Man Overboard: The Most Important Race
Published on April 30th, 2016
It was a record-setting year for the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, with overall elapsed and monohull times being eclipsed on the 125-mile course from California to Baja Mexico. But following the April 22 start, the race for Gordon Leon’s Farr 40 Foil became about a rescue.
Click HERE as Gordon tells the story…
On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, a Coast Guard boat and air crews worked together for a unique rescue of two people stranded on a disabled boat at the mouth of the Detroit River late Tuesday night.
The link below has the full news story and a video.
The 2016 Hands-On Safety At Sea Seminar scheduled was held on April 16, 2016
The Storm Trysail Foundation held a hands-on US Sailing certified Safety at Sea Seminar at the SUNY Maritime College on Saturday, April 16, 2016.
For your information, our sister club, the Cruising Club of America, is planning to hold a one day Safety at Sea Seminar in Newport, RI on June 16th. Below is a link to the information on that seminar if it is of interest to you. https://sas.cruisingclub.org/june16.
CLICK HERE to see a short video produced by Gary Jobson during last April's event. It will give you a good idea of what the seminar is all about.
The CCA seminar is described in detail at www.bermudarace.com
Registration for this seminar can be found at http://sas.cruisingclub.org/
CANCELLATION POLICY: The Storm Trysail Seminar reservations may be cancelled up until April 1st for a full refund. After April 1st, only cancellations based on emergency needs will be considered and refunds in those cases will be 50% of the admission fee.
The 2015 Hands-On Safety At Sea Seminar was a Huge Success
The Storm Trysail Foundation hosted a hands-on US Sailing certified Safety at Sea Seminar at the SUNY Maritime College on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
One of the survivors of Low Speed Chase has written an account of what happened in the 2012 Full Crew Farallones Race
Click HERE to see more videos on reefing and discussions and usage of fire extinguishers
Click HERE to read Adam Loory's informative article on "Reefing: A Key Distance Racing Skill"
Click HERE4.14 MB to read Richard du Moulin's "On Deck" article for valuable ocean sailing and seamanship tips to make sure that safety is always considered.
Click HERE to read a Nice Testimonial from the Annapolis Jr. Safety-At-Sea Seminar held on August 22, 2012
Storm Trysail hosted its first Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminar in 1997 at Larchmont Yacht Club, where the STC has its home office. This event resulted in one documented life saved -- of a junior girl who fell overboard during a race on Long Island Sound.
"Storm Trysail's highest priority is to introduce junior sailors to big boat sailing in a fun and safe manner," said STC Commodore and Larchmont Yacht Club member Richard du Moulin. "As much as they need to understand the basics of sailboat racing in order to be successful, junior sailors also must know safety at sea to be responsible stewards of our sport," This is the fundamental premise behind the club's Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminars, which have been praised as "uniquely resourceful and extremely educational."
Onshore activities include morning presentations covering safety procedures, particularly man overboard recovery, and big-boat organization and crew work. Juniors witness (and volunteer for) an in-the-water demonstration of inflatable PFDs and the inflation of a six-man canopied life raft. The afternoon is spent on the water practicing sail handling and performing man overboard drills both upwind with jibs and downwind with spinnakers.
The Storm Trysail Foundation now holds seminars in Annapolis, MD, Boston, MA, Newport, RI, Shelter Island, NY, Stonington, CT and Perth Amboy, NJ.