Safety at Sea

Safety at Sea

When the Wind is Howling, I am Thankful for Our Culture of Safety

By Chris Szepessy

When the Wind is Howling, I am Thankful for Our Culture of Safety

By William Strassberg, Cruising Club of America Safety & Seamanship Committee Chair Advocates of the phrase, “leaders are born not made,” discount expertise and dwell on behavioral traits such as charisma, compassion, extroversion, boldness, etc. These personality attributes certainly play an important role in acquiring allegiance within a group. But when it comes to the complexity of command at sea and the risks linked to offshore racing and cruising, the inverse is true: leaders are made not…

Safety at Sea

Building a Culture of Safety: An Interview with David Tunick, Chair of the New York Yacht Club Seamanship Committee

By Chris Szepessy

Building a Culture of Safety: An Interview with David Tunick, Chair of the New York Yacht Club Seamanship Committee

Editor’s note: As we reported in our January/February 2020 edition, our friends at the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) and the Cruising Club of America (CCA) have joined forces to co-sponsor International Offshore Safety at Sea seminars. These US Sailing Sanctioned seminars provide hands-on training for full certification in offshore ocean races, but are equally valuable for cruising and deliveries, power or sail. The CCA’s Safety & Seamanship Committee has also published a list of recommendations entitled…

Safety at Sea

Another Look at MOB Recovery – New Ideas

By Chris Szepessy

Another Look at MOB Recovery – New Ideas

By Richard du Moulin, Storm Trysail Club For the past thirty years, leading sailing organizations have developed best practices to maneuver back to and attempt to recover a man overboard (MOB). The Storm Trysail video, “Safety-At-Sea: Man Overboard Recovery”(available on Facebook and YouTube), is probably the best video production of MOB practices, combining footage from on-the-boat, off-the-boat, drone, and a helmet-mounted GoPro camera worn by the MOB. In that video, various methods of approaching (returning to) and recovering…

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