March 11-12 – Safety at Sea Symposium – Boston

safety at sea marion bermudaThis event is the result of the collaboration of efforts by a number of organizations interested in promoting safety at sea. It is sponsored by the Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Association and organized by the Blue Water Sailing Club, one of the three sponsors of the Marion Bermuda Race along with the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dingy Club and the Beverly Yacht Club. The Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race also has participated in the planning of the event and has encouraged their members to attend.

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The symposium is sanctioned by US Sailing. The agenda includes safety topics described in the 2006-2007 “International Sailing Federation Special Regulations” (ISAF) Handbook, section 6 – Training. The seminar will be held at University of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, go to


May 20 – Storm Trysail Foundation Hands-on Safety-at Sea Seminar – Bronx

Safet at SeaThe Storm Trysail Foundation will conduct its one-day, US Sailing sanctioned Hands-on Safety-at-Sea Seminar on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx.

Building on the success of past seminars, this event will follow an interactive curriculum where attendees fire distress flares, put out fires, learn damage control, set storm sails, and rescue a man overboard among other activities.

The seminar will be supplemented by Storm Trysail’s educational Safety-at-Sea Video Library produced by long time Storm Trysail member Gary Jobson. This Video Library covers a broad range of safety-at-sea subjects and will be available to attendees online prior to the seminar as part of their fee.Subscriptions to this Safety-at-Sea Video Library are now available to all sailors on the Storm Trysail Foundation website at a cost of $40.00.

By attending the seminar and viewing the Video Library, sailors will earn a US Sailing Safety-at-Sea Certificate. Attendees can opt to earn a World Sailing Safety-at-Sea Certificate by viewing supplemental US Sailing instructional videos and completing the associated quizzes.

Responding to sailor requests for additional training, this year’s seminar will also offer a new advanced program (Level 200) open to sailors who have previously attended a Storm Trysail seminar (limit 48). Besides participating in the opening and closing sessions, Level 200 participants will spend half of the day on the water and half receiving classroom instruction. The extended time on the water will allow for one-on-one instruction and introducing new safety techniques including abandoning ship and steering without a rudder. The Level 200 classroom sessions will include interactive round table discussions and sessions on topics such as emergency communications briefings and helo evacuation.

Attendance at the seminar is limited to 300 people and is open to both racers and cruisers. The admission fee is $295 and includes breakfast pastries and coffee, lunch, and afternoon snacks and refreshments. World Sailing Certification will cost an additional $75 which Storm Trysail will collect and pay directly US Sailing.

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