On Wednesday, July 26, 2017 a group of students and two instructors from Sound Sailing Center in Norwalk, CT were en route to Portland, ME on the Hanse 400 Disco Volante when co-captain Wim Jessup, one of the instructors, spotted an overturned powerboat and a large group of people in the water off Wareham, MA. Jessup sent out a Mayday call while the second instructor, Sound Sailing Center President Martin van Breems, and the four adult students started a rescue operation.
The crew of the Disco Volante rescued nine boaters whose boat had overturned near the Cape Cod Canal. © Sound Sailing CenterRead more
By Vincent Pica, Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR), United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
When we were kids, it was all about readin,’ ritin’ and ‘rithmetic. On the sea, especially in cold water environments, it’s all about rescue, recovery and re-warming. I don’t expect many boaters are on our waterways now, but some are out there. And the waters will still be cold once April comes around. This column is about that.Read more
Rescue, Recovery and Re-Warm
By Vincent Pica, Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR) United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
A lifesaving mnemonic: Triple R. Just like on the road, where remembering to call AAA can get you home, on the water – especially in cold weather – it’s all about recalling RRR: rescue, recovery and re-warming. More and more people are keeping their boats in the water later into the fall and winter, and frostbiting dinghies and other small craft is more popular than ever. Though the water may be slightly warmer than the air at this time of year, it gets colder and more dangerous by the day. And the waters will still be cold once April comes around and the moorings go back in. This column is about that.Read more