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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 Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Culture of Safety, Good Practices Underway
Armed with a small amount of misinformation, we concoct a story to fit what we think we see and then twist additional evidence to comply.
by Steve Brown, |
Subject: Heavy Weather
The Jordan Series Drogue, a string of relatively small fabric cones (100 or so), provides an adjustable tool to slow a boat. It's an invaluable tool for managing heavy weather on a sailboat. Steve Brown conducted a survey of highly acclaimed…
by William Strassberg, MD, |
Subject: Culture of Safety, Seamanship and Awareness
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…
by William Strassberg, MD, |
Subject: Culture of Safety, Seamanship and Awareness
Executive Summary William Strassberg, MD January, 2021
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Anchoring
Perhaps a meta-analysis of anchoring tests is the only way to get a sufficiently broad idea of what will work best for an individual. No single test proves very much, and all are compromised by the simplifying assumptions in the test protocol.
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Seamanship and Awareness
Sailors can learn from the crash of flight 8303. We can, on occasion, get into a situation that gets more and more difficult from which to recover. This can be caused by ego, or by a sudden change in the expected circumstances, or a lack of “…
by Jeffrey Wisch, MD, |
Subject: Medical, Crew Health
Boating, safety, and the pandemic are not mutually exclusive. Our fleet surgeon offers some advice for maintaining a safety ethos aboard.
by Rich du Moulin, |
Subject: Seamanship and Awareness
CCA member Richard du Moulin contributes to our “Creating a Culture of Safety” series, reflecting on the essence of great leadership at sea in this article adapted from his work as a long-time leader of safety-at-sea seminars for the Storm…
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Dinghy Management
Several years ago, I was asked to serve on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council, which is a group that (as the name suggests) advises and coordinates with the Coast Guard on issues related to recreational boating safety.
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: Culture of Safety, Seamanship and Awareness
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.
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Subject: Seamanship and Awareness
In March of 2018, three of our members presented a panel in seamanship to a full house in New York Yacht Club's renowned Model Room. Presenting were:
by Mark Lenci, |
Subject: Seamanship and Awareness, Navigation
This article suggests how the principles of handling emergencies on large ship can be applied to smaller private yachts – yachts capable of being cruised comfortably by two people. The principles can be easily extended to crews of more than two…
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Seamanship and Awareness
"What If?" is an excellent game to play onboard or ashore, with both experienced and inexperienced crew, day or night, at anchor or underway.
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Subject: Seamanship and Awareness
In the attached article, Ralph Naranjo reviews his development as a sailor. Opening paragraph:
by Sheila McCurdy, |
Subject: Seamanship and Awareness
Seamanship is usually described as a litany of skills and knowledge of boat handling, navigation, deck work, and systems maintenance. The combined crew should be able to cover all of it. Ideally the boat is in better shape at the end of the trip…