Safety Symposium 2016

US Sailing and US Powerboating Certification Offered at One Day Seminar

For the third consecutive year Landfall, America’s safest marine outfitter continues their industry leadership by developing The Sound Boating Symposium – a redesigned, “propulsion agnostic” boating forum.  This Symposium focuses on the skills and tactics relevant to recreational power-boaters or sailors who enjoy the coastal waters from Long Island Sound to Cape Cod and the Gulf of Maine. Mystic Seaport will once again partner with Landfall as hosts of the event on February 6, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Topics this year will include:

  • Marine Communications
  • Diesel Engine Repair & Maintenance
  • Coastal Marine Weather
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Marine Medical
  • Safety Equipment
  • Accident Prevention

Captain Henry Marx, owner and President of Landfall, brings his 5-plus decades of international sailing & boating experience to the symposium, returning for the third consecutive year as the moderator.  For 2016 Capt. Marx has organized a world class collection of marine industry experts such as:

  • Eleanor Mariani – Director, Boating Division, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
  • Dr. Michael Jacobs – Widely-respected Martha’s Vineyard-based Sailing Doctor
  • Capt. Mark Bolonga – Manager, Landfall Safety Equipment Department
  • Ralph Naranjo – Former Chair, US Naval Academy Sailing and well-known marine journalist
  • Steve McGovern – Chariman, Mack Boring & Parts Company, a major distributor of marine engines, service and training programs
  • Gary Conte – National Weather Service Meteorologist
  • Will Keane – President, Edson Marine and former Board member for the National Sailing Industry Association

“As recreational boating continues to grow across America, it is more important than ever for both novice and experienced mariners to understand the basic principles to safely navigate coastal waters. This seminar is designed for both coastal- and near-shore powerboaters and sailors,” stated Capt. Marx. “This year we have updated the curriculum to focus on preparedness and the fundamentals of sound boating.  As always attendees will earn an Official Near Coastal Safety at Sea Certification from US Sailing upon completion.” (This seminar does not qualify for US Sailing Offshore Racing Requirements or Newport Bermuda Race.)

The Sound Boating Symposium is being held Saturday, February 6th from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m at The River Room at Latitude 41º Restaurant at the Mystic Seaport.  For more information on the event visit:

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