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Articles, White Papers, and Safety Moments (shorter items for presentation to groups) are available for your personal use. We hope these will enhance your time on the water and preparing for it.

by Multiple CCA members | |
Subject: Weather
Weather is a chaotic, turbulent, system. It's of critical interest to ocean voyagers, of course, and our understanding of it has advanced rapidly in recent years, thanks, in part, to dramatic advances in measurement, analysis, and communications…

by Chuck Hawley | |
Subject: Good Practices Underway
Six key points to keep in mind when docking the boat. Chuck explains it all.

by CCA S&S Committee | |
Subject: Seamanship and Awareness

by US Sailing | |
Subject: Preparation of Boat and Crew, Safety Gear, Boat, Safety Gear, Personal
Following the Low Speed Chase disaster, a general overhaul of local, and ultimately national offshore equipment requirements took place.  The result is a comparatively compact document that covers a wide range of safety gear.

Subject: Safety Gear, Personal, Overboard
Coast Guard Safety Alert: This safety alert reminds all inflatable life jacket users of the importance of performing periodic maintenance on their equipment. Instances of fatal accidents where inflatable life jackets failed to properly inflate have…

by Brad Willauer | |
Subject: Onboard Routines
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by Drew Plominski | |
Subject: Heavy Weather, Emergencies
Last summer, at a dock in Boston, a 30-foot cruiser-racer sailboat was struck by lightning. Owner, Drew Plominski a member of the Cruising Club of America, describes the incident and the damage sustained.

by Chuck Hawley | |
Subject: Preparation of Boat and Crew, Onboard Routines
Racing "Big Boats" on SF Bay aboard a classic wooden schooner highlights the need to brief crew on the specifics of their roles onboard.

by Joe Harris | |
Subject: Environment
Choosing Alternative Energy Options for Offshore Racing Sailboats

Subject: Preparation of Boat and Crew
View in Reader from Voyages-2019 by Alex Agnew, Boston Station, Gulf of Maine Post Ben Heselton-Clements Tom McClellan Tori Willauer, Boston Station, Gulf of Maine Post

by Chuck Hawley | |
Subject: Safety Gear, Personal
The failure rate of life jackets can be alarmingly high without proper attention

Subject: Narratives
Voyages Magazine for 2019

by Kitty and Scott Kushner | |
Subject: Narratives
Kitty and I spent four years circumnavigating the globe on our 30-foot Allied Seawind ketch, Bebinka. When we returned home the first thing that friends asked was, “Weren’t you afraid of storms?”

Subject: Narratives
Link to reader from Voyages-2019 by Cruising Club of America by John van-Schalkwyk, CCA Bras d’Or Station

Subject: Narratives
Wintering near Cape Horn, we discover the delights of our remote location

by George Day | |
Subject: Narratives
3,000 Miles from Newport, Rhode Island, to Cowes, England, in 18 Days by George Day, Boston Station, Buzzards Bay Post

by Chuck Hawley | |
Subject: Overboard
After several fatal short-handed crew overboard incidents involving members of the Sailing Foundation in Seattle, three of the members (Fred Hayes, Dick Marshall, Doug Fryer) began to search for a solution to short-handed overboard accidents. Their…

by Chuck Hawley | |
Subject: Emergency Signalling
Whether you call them flares, or visual distress signals (VDS), or pyrotechnics, some visual form of getting attention from boaters or rescue agencies has been a mainstay of the Federal Recreational Boat Equipment requirements for decades. And…