Safety at Sea and Seamanship - a Primer


Sat, Apr 14 2007



Event Managers

  • Event Chair: George Burke
  • Social Chair: Lyons Burke
Fishing Bay Yacht Club is pleased to host “Sea Safety and Seamanship: a Primer for Bay and Coastal sailors”:

On April 14, 2007, Fishing Bay Yacht Club will host an all-day instructional course for cruising couples and distance racing sailors titled “Sea safety and Seamanship: a Primer for Bay and Coastal Sailors”. The curriculum will focus on teaching short handed crews how to handle selected challenges routinely encountered at sea as well as the unintended adventures. A panel of regional experts, along with Sheila McCurdy, chairman of the National Faculty for US Sailing and a US Sailing Passage Making Instructor, will guide the audience through a day of didactic sessions and live demonstrations to illustrate these lessons.

Tuition is $35 per person or $60 per cruising couple and includes box lunches, refreshments during breaks, and a course syllabus. Deadline for registration is Tuesday April 10, 2007. Because of limited seating, early registration is advised. Our speakers will begin promptly at 0830 in the FBYC Main Clubhouse, and end at 1630.

Make registration and payment at or call George Burke at 804-359-1187.

Special links at the website will take you to the course schedule and directions to the Fishing Bay Yacht Club. (Note: this course is not affiliated with US Sailing sponsored events and does not satisfy entry requirements for US Sailing sanctioned races.)


0830 -- Welcome and acknowledgements George Burke
0835 -- Introduction: Unintended Adventures Sheila McCurdy
0845 -- Marine Meteorology Fundamentals Pat Healy
0930 -- Coffee Break
0940 -- Preparing a Boat for Safe Passage Sheila McCurdy
1025 -- Fire Safety and PreventionRay Walden
1055 -- Anticipating Sickness or Injury James Barton, MD
1140 -- Lunch
1240 -- The Last Resort: How the Coast Guard Helps James Campbell
1340 -- Life Raft Demonstration
1400 -- Coffee Break
1410 -- Overboard Recovery Demonstration
1510 -- Getting Outside Assistance: VHF, EPIRBS, Flares Sheila McCurdy
1540 -- Shipping Lanes and Harbors: Rules and Communication Chip Kinsey
1610 -- Crew Training Wrap-up Sheila McCurdy
1630 -- Adjournment

(FBYC expresses gratitude to the following sponsors: West Marine, Boat US, Chesapeake Yacht Sales, Gratitude Yachting center, Norton’s Yacht Sales, Annapolis Yacht Sales South, Tartan C&C Yachts Virginia)

Fishing Bay Yacht Club
Office Mail: Fishing Bay Yacht Club, 2711 Buford Road #309, Bon Air, 23235,
Clubhouse Address: 1525 Fishing Bay Road, Deltaville, VA 23043 (no mail delivery)

Phone Numbers: Club House 804-776-9636

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