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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 John Rousmaniere |
Subject: Abandon Ship/Liferafts
By John Rousmaniere, A Berth to Bermuda (2006) © John Rousmaniere

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…

by John Rousmaniere |
Subject: Narratives
By John Rousmaniere, The New York Yacht Club: A History © John Rousmaniere

by Jeffrey Wisch, MD |
Subject: Medical, Medical
Jeffrey S. Wisch, M.D. Special acknowledgement to Edwin Garry Fischer, M.D. for development of the original format and content of this memo

by Chuck Hawley |
In Stephen Covey’s best-selling self-help book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, one chapter is titled “Sharpening the Saw”.

by Chuck Hawley |
Subject: Anchoring
Several decades ago, entering Morro Bay around sunrise, I was at the helm of a 30’ wooden ketch while the rest of the crew slept below. It was near a full moon, and the boat was bucking about a 3-knot ebb with her 4.5 knots of speed through the…

by Chuck Hawley |
Subject: AIS
After two major collisions with substantial loss of American lives between US Navy destroyers and merchant ships, many of us went to websites that provide histories of the movements of the ships in the area up to the minute of the collision. Using…

by Frank Cassidy |
Subject: AIS
AIS, or Automatic Identification System, is one of the most significant marine safety innovations in a decade. Required on much of commercial traffic and available (and highly recommended) for recreational boats and even personal gear, AIS devices…

by John Rousmaniere |
Subject: Seamanship and Awareness
A collection of a few tips from the acknowledged masters of sailing Anticipation “A seaman laboring under an undue sense of security becomes at once worth hardly half his salt.” (Joseph Conrad, The Mirror of the Sea) “The rule…

by John Rousmaniere |
Subject: Overboard
From The Annapolis Book of Seamanship Here are accounts of two successful rescue efforts in the stormy 2011 Chicago to Mackinac Race.  Each rescuing crew was awarded an Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal by U.S. Sailing.

by Jeffrey Wisch, MD |
Subject: Medical, Medical
The Bermuda Race’s medical chair (a race skipper) describes the causes, prevention, and treatment of this all-too-common and potentially dangerous condition.

by John Rousmaniere |
From The Annapolis Book of Seamanship

by John Jourdane |
Subject: Fire/Flooding, Abandon Ship/Liferafts
CCA Member John Jourdane sailed the 2008 Hobart Race on the Spencer 65, Ragtime.   He witnessed a successful rescue of all the crew off a sinking boat. The following is from John’s journal.

by John Rousmaniere |
Subject: Seamanship and Awareness
Adapted from the foreword to the 4th edition, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship,

by Dick York |
Subject: Overboard

by Michael Keyworth |
Subject: Tools and Spares
This list of tools and spares is intended to be a minimum guide to tools and spares that might be helpful in routine maintenance at sea or effecting emergency repairs when outside assistance is not available.

by Rich Feeley |
 

by Dick York |
Subject: Fire/Flooding
You have been reaching along fast and you step below after a great watch on deck, and splash, your foot goes up to the ankle in water in your boat.  Oops, no one wants this scenario.  Like many other emergencies, water in the boat can be minimized…