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March 9-10, 2019

University of Massachusetts, Boston Campus

University Hall - 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston MA 02125

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saslogoThe Marion-Bermuda Race in association with the Marblehead-Halifax Ocean Race biennially offers a Safety at Sea Program that helps to prepare skippers and crew for the race.  As always, the public is welcome to attend. The innovative two-day program being offered March 9-10, 2019 at University of Massachusetts Boston includes a one-day classroom program and a full- day hands on session. Both programs, taken together qualify for the US Sailing International Offshore Safety at Sea Certificate.  The SAS Symposium fulfills the requirement for the US Sailing Offshore Safety at Sea Certificate. Additionally sessions on Weather and Gulf Stream and Medical are available (these are not required for certificates but are hightly recommended).

Courses and Certificate Qualification Outcomes

CourseCourseQualifies ForValidity **
2015 or 2017 In-person SAS Symposium 2015 or 2017 SAS Practical Add-ons (Medical/Weather/Pool) * US Sailing Offshore Safety at Sea Certificate * 2020 or 2022
2019 In-person SAS Symposium     US Sailing Offshore Safety at Sea Certificate 5 Years
2019 In-person SAS Symposium 2019 Practical Courses (Pool/Fire) US Sailing International Offshore Safety at Sea Certificate Thru 2025 Marion Bermuda Race
US Sailing Offshore Safety at Sea Online Course 2019 Practical Courses (Pool/Fire) (365 Day Limit on Online Course) US Sailing International Offshore Safety at Sea Certificate Thru 2025 Marion Bermuda Race
US Sailing Offshore Safety at Sea Online Course Not connected to any practical course offering   Not valid for 2019 MBR
Note * The practical courses offered in 2015 and 2017 did not meet the new World Sailing requirements.
Note ** This table refers to courses offered by the Marion Bermuda Race in 2015, 2017 and 2019. Courses taken elsewhere will have their own validity dates.

Session/Course Descriptions

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Lunch tickets will be provided at registration for both Saturday and Sunday.
Not required for International Offshore Certificate.
$50 discount is applied to the combination of Seminar (SAS1) with Pool (SAS3, SAS4 or SAS5) and Fire and Flares (SAS5, SAS6 or SAS7). Additional $50 discount is applied to third and more crew taking the combination sessions.

Marion Bermuda Race Notice of Race

5.2.2 At least 30% but not fewer than two members of the crew, including the Person-In-Charge and Navigator or a Watch Captain shall have completed a one-day or two-day US Sailing Offshore Safety at Sea Seminar. Any certificate obtained more than five (5) years prior to the start of the race or as a result of exclusively internet-based training will not be acceptable for the purposes of this paragraph.

5.2.3 At least two members of the crew must hold a US Sailing Sanctioned International Offshore Safety at Sea Course Certificate. For Double Handed yachts, both members shall hold a US Sailing Sanctioned International Offshore Safety at Sea Course Certificate. Any certificate shall be obtained within five (5) years prior to the start of the race.

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.

Seminar Speaker Biographies

Bill Biewenga - Moderator

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 41 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, delivering vessels throughout the world and mentoring individuals and crews. Bill also has offered educational weather seminars in cooperation with North U., and has presented a series of online seminars through his website at and provides other learning tools through his site at Email:

Edward J. Stott

Ed 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.

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.

Betsy Allison, Adult Director US Sailing

Betsy AllisonCurrently responsible for all Adult programs at US Sailing including: Safety At Sea; Keelboat Programs; US Powerboating; Adaptive Sailing; Adult Championships; and First Sail.

Michael Jacobs MD - Speaker & Medical Seminars

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.

Chris McNally - Communications

Chris McNallyChristopher J. McNally Esq,- 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.

Will Keene - President Edson International

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.

Frank Bohlen, Professor of Oceanography Emeritus - Speaker & Weather Seminars

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 ( 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

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.

Ken McKinley, Locus Weather, Camden, Maine - Speaker & Weather Seminars

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.

Capt Mark Bologna

Capt Mark Bologna is a USCG licensed Captain and has been on Landfall’s team since 2007. Currently the retail safety dept. manager, he also assists with commercial sales and educational outreach to the recreational boating industry. Mark is a hands-on marine safety consultant who advises customers on the issues that ensure their safety and enjoyment of life on the water.

Mark is an outdoor sportsman with over 45 years of boating in the northeastern United States.

Peter Fein

Peter Fein 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. 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. His race record includes four 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 Past Commodore of the Boston Yacht Club and also a member of the Storm Trysail Club. 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”.

Jacob Cabral

Jacob Cabral has been with Life Raft & Survival Equipment (LRSE) since 2011 where he has serviced a wide variety of gear, sold new equipment, outfitted vessels to meet specific regulations, and has trained all types mariners from racers to wind farm technicians to commercial fishermen. It was his knowledge of the equipment and passion for the industry that interested him in becoming a certified marine safety instructor. In June 2015 he completed the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, or AMSEA, Marine Safety Instructor Training Course in Maine and later down the road became certified by the USCG as a “Level-3 Drill Conductor/Safety Instructor”. He joined the ranks of the Fishing Partnership Support Services as one of their instructors in the fall of 2015 and by the start of 2016 he was assigned to co-instruct the “Mayday Calls and Fire Fighting Modules”. Currently Jacob is still an active instructor with the Fishing Partnership conducting training courses for commercial fishermen throughout the Northeast. He also leads the new branch of LRSE: Northeast Safety Training (NESTCo) where they conduct monthly hands-on safety drills and inspections for commercial fishing vessels across New England, as well as instructing the Fire Fighting modules for the Cruising Club of America’s Safety at Sea events, and additionally coordinating and hosting in-house safety training courses.

Ron Wisner

Ron WisnerRon Wisner has sailed over 25,000 offshore sea-miles, including passages in the North Atlantic, the Caribbean, the Pacific and Scandinavian waters in his Columbia 50 and other vessels. He has completed numerous Marion-Bermuda Races in which he won the celestial Navigator's Trophy in 2013. He teaches intro and advanced celestial navigation courses at the Beverly Yacht Club, the New York Yacht Club, Safety at Sea seminars and other institutions and venues.

Dan O'Connor- Speaker & In-Water Training

Dan OConnorDan O’Connor - In Water Training - Saturday March 9, 2019 and repeated Sunday March 10, 2019 Clark Athletic Center - 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
Pool attendees 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, email: .