Wednesday April 18, 2007 04:59PMon
Our speakers were led by moderator Sheila McCurdy who chairs the US Sailing National Faculty and is a US Sailing Passage Making Training instructor. Joining Sheila were Dr. Jim Barton, an emergency medicine specialist who served as ships physician for the 1985 trans-Atlantic Godspeed voyage, Jim Campbell, instructor for the USCG National Search and Rescue School, Pat Healy, former sailing instructor for the US Naval Academy and marine meteorologist, Ray Walden from the Deltaville fire department, and Chip Kinsey, an ATB commissioning captain and former tugboat skipper.
Each gave his perspective on sea safety issues pertinent to Bay and coastal sailing. The success of these speakers can be gauged by the remarks of one very experienced FBYC offshore racing skipper who said before I came to this course I thought my knowledge of safety issues was on a 7 out of 10 level; instead, I was a 1.5!
With their donations and good will, multiple sponsors helped to subsidize this program. These included Fawcett Boat, Annapolis Yacht Sales South, Chesapeake Yacht Sales, Gratitude Yachting Center, Nortons Yacht Sales, Tartan C&C Yachts of Virginia, and West Marine.