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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 Tanner Rose |
Subject: Heavy Weather
You're cruising with friends on inshore waters and are suddenly confronted with what has become known as “severe weather”, usually a line of discrete cells, any one of which is capable of producing straight line winds over 50 knots.  The cells we…

by Garry Fischer |
Subject: Safety Gear, Boat

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 Larry Glenn |
Subject: Seamanship and Awareness

by Dick York |
Subject: Emergency Signalling
This note presents the results of the work of CCA member John Brooks in investigating the position of the U. S. Coast Guard with regard to “laser flares”. It also contains some description of the devices and links to other information about the…

by Larry Glenn |
Subject: Abandon Ship/Liferafts
Larry Glenn, owner of Runaway, a J44 is very thoughtful, plus he is organized and disciplined about his thinking regarding emergencies.  Larry knows that you cannot assign tasks in the middle of a crisis; you have to plan and organize ahead…

by Dick Stevenson |
Subject: Fire/Flooding

by Mark Roye |
Subject: Practice and Safety Training
 

by Dick York |
Subject: Fire/Flooding
One of the most desperate emergencies aboard is a fire in the boat.

by Anne Glenn |

by Michael Keyworth |
Subject: Tools and Spares

by Ron Trossbach |
A new set of Safety Equipment Requirements (SERs) replaced the ISAF (formally ORC) Offshore Special Regulations in the US, effective January 2014. These new requirements were adapted and successfully used in the 2014 Pacific Cup and the 2014 Newport…

by Chuck Hawley |
On the night of November 29, 2014, while competing in the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, Vestas Wind ran aground on Cargados Carajos Shoal shortly after local sunset.

by Chuck Hawley |
Subject: Anchoring
In August of 2014, Fortress Anchors conducted an extensive anchor test on Chesapeake Bay, south of Solomon’s Island, in deep, sticky mud. I was asked to be the impartial observer, based on my participation in anchor tests for several decades.

by Chuck Hawley |
Subject: Safety Gear, Personal
In the early 1970s, a new method of categorizing life jackets was introduced by the Coast Guard and Underwriter’s Laboratories, using five “types” and a new, strange name for life jackets: the Personal Flotation Device.

by Chuck Hawley |
Subject: Seamanship and Awareness
When we think about boating safety, all of us can come up with a specific story, perhaps several, that previously taught us about the ocean, how sailboats perform, and how to avoid trouble. Frequently, these stories involved trouble of one sort or…

by Ron Trossbach |
Subject: Safety Gear, Boat
Italics Note – Items in italics should be read to an audience before the paper is distributed.

by Ron Trossbach |
Subject: Safety Gear, Personal
Harness & Tether Requirements Every crew member must have a harness & tether not more than 6 ft (or 2 meters) long.