Fleet Surgeon



Jeffrey Wisch, MD
Fleet Surgeon

The CCA Fleet Surgeon offers these documents, potentially useful in preparing a yacht for offshore passages. Suggestions are welcome.

Fleet Surgeon's 2014 Memorandum for Offshore Passages (PDF)

Newport Bermuda Race Injury and Illness Report 2012 (PDF)
The Fleet Surgeon reports on injury & illness in the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race.

Newport Bermuda Race Injury and Illness Report 2010 (PDF)
The Fleet Surgeon reports on injury & illness in the 2010 Newport Bermuda Race.

Newport Bermuda Race Injury and Illness Report - 1998-2008 (PDF)
The statistics of injuries and illnesses in Newport Bermuda Races from 1998 to 2008.

A Case For the Permanently Installed Preventer (PDF) Accidental jibes cause death on offshore yachts by the boom or the main sheet. This describes the permanently installed preventer designed by Phil Garland of Hall Rigging. Hall's system is installed on a number of Cruising Club yachts, including Diva. It is simple, easy to use and, by any yachting standard, inexpensive.

Fleet Surgeon Puts the Focus On Harnesses
The Cruising Club of America should feel indebted to Stan Honey. His article in Cruising Club News (January 2007) about the 2006 Volvo Ocean Race and the circumstances surrounding the loss of a crew member overboard from ABN AMRO TWO outlines in detail why harnesses are crucial to staying on board the boat. Read the Fleet Surgeon's Statement and Stan Honey's article.