2015 - Safety at Sea Symposium and Practical Training

University of Massachusetts, Boston
Campus Center
100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston MA 02125
March 21-22, 2015

See campus map.
Please park in the Beacons Lot (#13 on the Campus Map) or Campus Center Garage (#1P on Campus Map).

Safety at Sea Symposium - March 21-22, 2015

Sponsored by the Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race
In conjunction with the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race

Safety at Sea Symposium and Practical Training Course Times
(see your registration printout for exact times)
Saturday   Symposium Breakouts
Sunday   In-Water Skills/Emergency   In-Water Skills/Emergency  
  Medical   Weather/Gulfstream Medical   Weather/Gulfstream  
Note: Medical and Weather/Gulfstream have time conflicts with In-Water Skills/Emergency

There are other Symposiums scheduled.
See http://offshore.ussailing.org/SAS/Seminars/SAS_Calendar.htm for upcoming events.

Safety at Sea Symposium

The 2015 Safety at Sea Symposium is scheduled for March 21-22, 2015 and will be held at University of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts (Google Map). This event is the result of the collaboration of efforts by a number of organizations interested in promoting safety at sea. It is sponsored by the Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Association and organized by the Blue Water Sailing Club, one of the three sponsors of the Marion Bermuda Race along with the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dingy Club and the Beverly Yacht Club. The Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race also has participated in the planning of the event and has encouraged their members to attend.

The symposium is sanctioned by US Sailing. The agenda includes safety topics described in the 2006-2007 “International Sailing Federation Special Regulations” (ISAF) Handbook, section 6 - Training.

MBCYR Safety Requirements - Skills

4.3.1 Safety at Sea Training: At least 30% of those aboard the boat, but not fewer than two members of the crew, unless racing single-handed, including the person in charge, shall have attended a one-day or two-day US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar within the last 5 years, or other courses as accepted by US Sailing.

Note from Race Administration: We also recommend that the majority of your return crew, especially those who have never sailed offshore, attend. It is not required (currently) that return crew attend, but we strongly recommend it. Safety is just as important cruising home from Bermuda as it is racing to Bermuda.

This symposium features a very experienced group of speakers to address a series of topics which are of vital interest to all serious sailors. In addition to the safety topics there will be breakout sessions for the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race and the Marion Bermuda Race.

On-site check-in will begin at 0700, March 21, 2015 in the Campus Center (#1 on campus map). The program begins promptly at 0730 and is scheduled to continue until 1600. Marion to Bermuda and Marblehead to Halifax breakout sessions will follow and end at 1800. A notebook and pen is recommended for all sessions and for the Sunday in-water session, a bathing suit and towel is needed.

Pool attendees (Clark Athletic Center) should come prepared with a towel, change of clothes, and drinking water. In addition they should be prepared to enter the pool with their full foul weather gear including their boots, as well as their life jacket and tether. For those who cannot bring their life jacket a few will be available to borrow. Trash bags will be provided to stow wet gear in after the conclusion of the pool work. Please let me know if you have any further questions. Dan O’Connor oconnordan@icloud.com

Safety at Sea Symposium at University of Massachusetts Boston - Saturday 0730 to 1600 Campus Center (Main Ballroom)

Edward J. Stott - Chairman

Edward J. StottEd has logged over 60,000 ocean miles via numerous Caribbean deliveries on private yachts as well as his own Swan 44, cruising in the Caribbean and South Pacific, and racing offshore to Bermuda and Transatlantic. He has served in leadership positions as Skipper, Watch Captain and Navigator. Ed is knowledgeable in passage-making, preparation for an offshore voyage, mechanical repairs at sea as well as meteorology. He has authored articles about sailing preparation, safety and boat maintenance which have appeared in Cruising World and Blue Water Sailing magazines.

Ed is a member of the Blue Water Sailing Club, one of the sponsoring clubs to the Marion Bermuda Race, where he has served on the Board of Governors as the Offshore Chair and a member-at-large. Since 2010, Ed has served on the Safety at Sea committee and Marketing committee for the Marion Bermuda Race. Ed currently serves on the Marion Bermuda Race Executive Committee as the Safety at Sea Chairman.

He has spent his career in sales and marketing within the Insurance, Software Technology and Marine industries. Ed is currently the owner of Stott Marketing, a business to business marketing strategy and consulting company. Ed is also an accredited business counselor for SCORE.

John Rousmaniere - Moderator

John RousmaniereThe event will be sanctioned by US Sailing and moderated by John Rousmaniere. He is an acknowledged expert on safety at sea and has more than 40,000 miles of blue water behind him, including nine Newport Bermuda Races (with two second place finishes) and three Atlantic crossings. He wrote The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, Fastnet, Force 10, the well-known account of the fatal 1979 Fastnet race storm (in which John sailed), and the history of the A Berth to Bermuda - Newport Bermuda Race. He has moderated or spoken at more than 100 safety and seamanship seminars. He co-organized and wrote the final report of the most recent crew overboard rescue trials.

Gail Greenwald - Crew Issues: Solution, Training & Shipboard Routines

Gail GreenwaldGail Greenwald and her husband Roy have logged over 30,000 offshore miles in their Valiant 42, Cordelia, including completing the Atlantic circle (Massachusetts-Azores-Canaries-Caribbean), several other Atlantic passages, and -- so far -- crossing half the Pacific. Cordelia is presently in French Polynesia, and Gail and Roy will resume the Pacific crossing in April. They have sailed the Marion-Bermuda race in the celestial division three times. Gail won the Navigator’s Trophy in 2003.

Bill Biewenga - Sail from Hell

Bill BiewengaBill Biewenga is an offshore sailor who has accumulated over 400,000 sea miles in virtually every ocean of the world. His experience includes 39 transatlantic crossings, several TransPacs, numerous record attempts, deliveries and races, as well as participation in four round the world races and multiple listings in the Guinness Book of Records. He has experience as skipper, navigator, weather analyst/router, watch captain, helmsman, deck hand, and project manager. He uses his extensive marine background as a photojournalist and weather routing consultant while continuing his participation aboard a variety of vessels in the world’s major offshore events. Bill also has offered educational weather seminars in cooperation with North U., and has presented a series of online seminars through his website at http://www.weather4sailors.com and provides other learning tools through his site at http://www.WxAdvantage.com. Currently, Bill is the Chief Operating Officer for Qv21 Technologies, LLC, which provides logistics support software, primarily to the Oil & Gas Industry. Information is available about that activity at http://www.Qv21.com.

Will Keene - Damage Prevention - Steering Maintenance

Will KeeneWill Keene has worked at Edson, designing and specifying steering systems for boat builders and naval architects from around the world, for the past 35 years. He has served as president for 25 of those years for the 155 year old marine manufacturer of sailboat steering systems, marine pumps, electronics mounts, and related marine products. Before starting at Edson in 1979, Will worked for Cape Dory Yachts as a manager in the quality control, customer service, and inventory control departments. Will has restored numerous classic sail and power boats, concentrating on creating functional, safe, yet elegant cruising vessels from boats that are otherwise “diamonds in the rough.” Will makes his home in South Dartmouth, MA and is an avid boater and salt water angler.

Chris McNally - Communications

Chris McNallyChristopher J. McNally Esg,- Lives in Newport RI, and is a member of the Cruising Club of America. He holds a USCG 500 Ton Ocean Masters license and a 200 Ton RYA Yacht Master upon Oceans certificate. Christopher is a practicing Maritime and Ocean and Coastal Law attorney at Sayer Regan & Thayer, LLP in Newport, RI.
Christopher has tens of thousands of ocean miles sailing on a multitude of vessels, many thousand of which came from his time as mate, captain and educator of the sailing school vessel GERONIMO, the sail training platform for St. George’s School. He also launched and developed a maritime training program in Southern California for Orange Coast College with the goal of bringing talented young men and women into the professional maritime industries.
Christopher is the Chair of Communications and Emergency Management for the Newport to Bermuda Race and remains active in the New England maritime community. He can be reached by email at cmcnally@srt-law.com.

Captain Henry E. Marx - Safety Gear and Liferaft Deployment

Captain Henry E. MarxCaptain Henry E. Marx is owner and president of Landfall Navigation. Landfall offers a worldwide nautical chart, publications, and navigation instrument inventory; a large maritime technical library; a full line of marine safety equipment; a referral service for delivery captains; and navigation and marine safety seminars as well as on-board instruction.

He holds copyrights on two navigation and one marine safety course which he regularly teaches. Capt. Marx was a participant/cadre in the August 2005 Crew Overboard Symposium in San Francisco Bay hosted by John Rousmaniere and Chuck Hawley

An experienced blue-water sailor, Capt. Marx has sailed and raced for over 40 years on the east and west coasts of the US, the southern coast of Norway, and the Caribbean. He has served in a Norwegian Flag oil tanker as a seaman and his military service was in the US Naval Reserve in Diesel Submarines. He continues to deliver private yachts with his longest yacht delivery being the transport of a 50 foot trawler yacht from San Francisco, CA to Stamford, CT via the Panama Canal in 1981.

From 1992-94, Capt. Marx served on the Committee on Nautical Charting of the Marine Board division of the National Academy of Science reviewing NOAA Chart Making. In 2006 he was elected to membership in the Storm Trysail Club.

Capt. Marx is currently the Chairman of the Stamford Sailing Foundation, an organization that provides marine-based experiential learning programs and sailing opportunities to Stamford, CT inner-city kids who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn to sail. He is also on the board for the Yerwood Center of Stamford whose mission is to “Help bridge the achievement gap for Stamford’s inner-city kids”.

Kevin Montague - Damage Prevention - Rig Maintenance

Kevin MontagueKevin Montague, Owner and founder of North East Rigging Systems, LLC since 2002, has been rigging in the North East marine Market full time since graduating from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1982. A lifelong sailor with many offshore races and campaigns under his belt, he has developed a keen eye for what works well offshore to make passages safe and fast. Whether replacing your standing rigging or rod or a total refit of your rig and deck layout, Kevin has been involved in thousands of offshore adventures. He has worked with many owners and yacht designers to make the most of existing applications, as well as being involved on new “clean slate” projects.

Whether it’s maximizing your current boat, or prepping the new one, his experience and knowledge is vital to any offshore application. Whether carbon or aluminum, few can give your rig a better inspection and game plan for long distance sailing. On boats from 25 to 65 feet, and larger projects as required, insight to rigs and systems allow for doing things correctly and on budget. Working hand and hand with the manufacturers directly and having constant dialogue with them, allows for exact applications to be satisfied with the least amount of stress and anxiety to the owners.

Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race Breakout Session

Peter Fein - Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race Host

Peter FeinPeter Fein is an avid sailor and software architect and has been sailing his entire life, starting on Long Island Sound on a family member’s Luders 33. A pleasure sailor early on he got the racing bug in college, joining the Rutgers Sailing Club. After graduation he started racing on offshore boats where he especially enjoys the technical aspects including boat preparation, marine systems, electronics and navigation.

Peter has sailed 1000’’s of miles both pleasure sailing and racing in local waters and offshore. His race record includes three Marblehead to Halifax races, two Annapolis to Newport and four Newport to Bermuda races. In the 2010 Newport Bermuda Race he navigated the Swan 441 “Cygnette” to a class win, 5th overall and best performance for a Swan.

Currently living in Marblehead, Massachusetts, he is a member of Boston Yacht Club where he now serves at Vice Commodore, after four years as a Trustee. He enjoys sailing on his home waters of Massachusetts Bay and cruising the New England coast with family and friends on his Sabre 36 “Calypso”.

Dave Campbell - Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race Preparation & Inspection

Dave CampbellDave has over 35,000 miles of sailing experience. He competed in the first Marion to Bermuda race in 1977, as the celestial navigator on an Alden 37 finishing 3rd in division. In 1985 and 1987 he competed in the Newport to Bermuda race, on his 39 foot Jeanneau Regatta, “Campbell’s Sloop”. In 1987 he was awarded the “Thomas Fleming Day Memorial Trophy” for best performance for a yacht under 40 feet.

His first Halifax race was in 1983 and since, has competed in an additional six races on “Campbell’s Sloop” finishing in trophy position with a third in two races, second in one race and winning his division in 2005. In 1993, 2001 and 2005, he was chosen as one of three boat US team to represent the US in the US-Canada team competition. Since 2005 he has raced in an additional three Halifax races, 2007, 2011, and 2013 as navigator, on both “Marisol” and “Kinsale”. Sailing on “Kinsale” this year will make this his eleventh Halifax race.

Dave has made numerous boat deliveries from Canada and from Bermuda. In addition, he has made numerous deliveries from New England to Florida and Florida to New England on both sail and power yachts, both offshore and along the ICW.

In 2009 and 2010 Dave and his wife Judi took fourteen months and sailed their 40 foot trawler “JEJUDA” approximately 8000 miles up the Hudson River, and through the various Canadian canal and lock systems. They spent the summer in Georgian Bay and the North Channel of Lake Huron passing through the Straights of Mackinaw in September on their way to Chicago. The fall was spent exploring the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee rivers eventually sailing across the Gulf of Mexico to the west coast of Florida. The winter of 2009 was spent in the Florida Keys returning to Massachusetts in in the summer of 2010. As a point of interest they passed through 168 locks and went across Balsam Lake in the Canadian Shield, purported at 841 feet above sea level, the highest point in the world you can sail a boat from sea level.

Medical Seminar - Sunday, March 22, 2015 0800 to 1000 and 1230 to 1430

Michael Jacobs MD

Michael Jacobs, MDDirector, Annual MedSail Educational Conferences “Medicine for Mariners and Safety at Sea” 2003-present; U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain 100 Ton; co-author of “A Comprehensive Guide To Marine Medicine,” author of chapter “Survival At Sea” in the textbook of Wilderness Medicine (past three editions). Speaker at “Safety At Sea” conferences and “Wilderness Medical Society” (WMS) conferences. Practicing physician on Martha’s Vineyard. Life long sailor with extensive ocean and coastal sailing experience. Winner of Multihull division Newport to Bermuda race aboard trimaran “Moxie.” Medical consultant to Adventure Medical Kits.

The two hour session will consist of presentations by Dr. Jacobs on topics that include sea sickness, hypothermia, dehydration, extremity injuries, head and neck injuries, surgical problems, medical conditions, the dangers of sun exposure, pain control and suggestions of appropriate medicines to have on board, followed by an open question and answer period. Handouts will be available.

  • Seasickness: cause, prevention, treatment
  • Health Maintenance at Sea - Discussion of the “Fearsome Five:”
    Food (Energy), Fluids (Dehydration), Fahrenheit (Sun exposure, hypothermia), Fatigue (sleep deprivation, watch schedules), Fitness (Illness and injury)
  • Marine Medical Kits - Discussion of some essential supplies, goals of on-board care, and discussion of common medical problems.
  • Telemedicine - Concept of telemedicine and how to report a medical problem.

Understanding Weather & the Gulf Stream - Sunday, March 22, 2015 1015 to 1300 and 1445 to 1730

Ken McKinley, Locus Weather, Camden, Maine

Ken McKinleyKen McKinley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Science from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY in 1980, and did graduate work in meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. He has owned and operated Locus Weather, based in Camden, Maine, for 20 years. A significant portion of his meteorological consulting work involves providing custom weather forecast services to ocean voyaging yachts worldwide, both racers and cruisers. He has supported clients in the Marion Bermuda Race, the Newport Bermuda Race, the Marblehead Halifax Race, the Bermuda 1-2, the Chicago-Mackinac Race, the Caribbean 1500, and the Fastnet Race as well as other local and regional races. He is also involved in meteorological training and education, serving as a USCG certified instructor at professional maritime schools in Florida and Maryland. He has taught undergraduate meteorology courses at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, ME. He has also presented several two day weather courses to recreational mariners. He has published several articles in Ocean Navigator and Ocean Voyager magazines.

Frank Bohlen, Professor of Oceanography Emeritus

Frank BolhlenFrank Bohlen is a Professor of Oceanography Emeritus in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Connecticut. For the past forty years he has been studying ocean and near-shore currents and transport using a variety of field and laboratory techniques. He is currently part of the team maintaining the Long Island Sound observatory (MYSOUND.uconn.edu). In addition to his scientific work he is an experienced ocean sailor and navigator and has sailed transatlantic four times and participated in 16 Newport Bermuda races and 10 Marblehead-Halifax Races. He received the Mixter Trophy as navigator of the winning yacht in the 1986 Newport Bermuda Race (Puritan - IMS). Since 1998 he has been presenting Gulf Stream Tutorials for the Newport Bermuda Race. Past editions of these can be obtained at Bermudarace.com.

This session will be presented by Ken McKinley, a professional meteorologist specializing in forecasting for ocean voyaging yachts, both cruising and racing, and Frank Bohlen, an oceanographer, Marine Sciences professor at the University of Connecticut, and an experienced offshore racer/cruiser and navigator.

The weather portion of the session will start with an overview of some basic meteorological concepts, then will focus on the formation and development of mid-latitude lows and their fronts, the types of wind and weather they produce, and how they affect the coastal waters of the U.S. and Canada and the western Atlantic. Information about the weather charts which are available and how they can be used will be presented, and a discussion of typical weather patterns which prevail over the waters between New England, Atlantic Canada, and Bermuda will take place.

The Gulf Stream portion will include a discussion of the factors governing the Stream, and similar warm water ocean currents, its structure and dynamics, characteristic variability in space and time, and the use of a variety of satellite data for trip planning purposes.

For portions of the session, both presenters will be working together to present information about how weather systems and warm water currents, such as the Gulf Stream, interact and the conditions that can result.

In Water Training - Sunday, March 22, 2015 0830 to 1200 or 1330 to 1700 Clark Athletic Center

Dan O'Connor

Dan OConnorDan O’Connor has been involved with US Sailing’s Safety at Sea Seminars since 2002 due to his expertise in marine safety equipment. Since that time Dan has been a key person in the development of the “hands on training” component for the Safety at Sea Seminars and provided the first ISAF personal survival course in the US. In the intervening period Dan has crammed over 1000 sailors into life rafts during the hands on portions of the Safety at Sea Seminars.

In addition to providing practical training for offshore sailors, Dan has developed and taught other marine safety training programs for a wide variety of mariners. As a USCG approved marine safety instructor Dan has worked to develop national standards for commercial fishing vessel safety training, and has also designed and delivered other training programs for a wide variety of mariners.

Dan has been a board member of the United States Marine Safety Association since 2006 and a director since 2011. He also serves as an advisor to US Sailing’s Safety at Sea Committee. Dan lives in Little Compton RI with his wife, and two boys. He was very excited to sell off his boat last year, and swears that he will never get another one, but is known to continually be looking at used boat listings.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Emergency responses and seven steps to survival
  • Survival Kit necessities
  • Immediate and delayed onset emergencies
  • Cold water survival skills
  • PFD care and usage
  • Boarding a life raft
  • Abandon ship preparation
  • Proper release, righting, and boarding survival craft
  • Improving life raft stability

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What hotels near U Mass/Boston do you recommend for those traveling a distance to attend the Safety at Sea?

Depending on your budget and amenities you desire, here is a good resource to help you plan: http://www.hotelplanner.com/Hotels/2058-NEAR-University-of-Massachusetts-Boston. The gentrified Seaport district, near the Boston Convention Center, is a fantastic area, complete with top notch hotels and nearby excellent restaurants, all within walking distance of each other and is probably only a 15 minute drive, max, to U Mass/Boston.

Parking and Directions for U Mass/Boston?

http://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/. Please park in the Beacons Lot (#13 on the Campus Map) or Campus Center Garage (#1P on Campus Map).

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