Hands-On Safety at Sea Seminar

Published on November 10th, 2015

The Storm Trysail Foundation, in cooperation with the Storm Trysail Club, will hold its fourth Hands-On Safety at Sea Seminar at the New York State Maritime College at Fort Schuyler in the Bronx, New York on Saturday April 23, 2016.

According to Seminar Chairman Charles (Butch) Ulmer, “This advanced seminar is aimed at serious coastal and offshore sailors, or those who want to be. About half our past attendees are active racers and use the seminar to prepare for the Newport-Bermuda, Transatlantic and other major races. Full ISAF (international) certification is available for those who complete the on-line curriculum, the one day seminar, and then take an online test.”

Seminar Moderator Rich du Moulin added, “This Seminar is revolutionary. The Storm Trysail Foundation, in coordination with US Sailing and Jobson Sailing, has produced a series of on-line learning modules that supplement the Hands-On activities at the seminar. Another differentiator is the emphasis placed on leadership and crew teamwork as key elements in safety and survival at sea. It is not just about hardware.”

The Hands-On sessions will include: fire fighting, pyrotechnics, survival swimming and life raft deployment, damage control, and actual Man Overboard drills on ocean racing yachts. Firing flares, shooting fire extinguishers, jumping in a pool in full foul weather gear and steering a forty-foot ocean racer is as far as you can get from sitting in a hotel ball-room for eight hours suffering from PowerPoint overload.

SUNY Maritime is conveniently located for everyone in the New York City Metropolitan area. There is no need to book a hotel room to attend this seminar.

This certification meets a requirement for the Bermuda Race. To get on a list to get more information, e-mail: info@stormtrysailfoundation.org

Contact: Charles (Butch) Ulmer, (718) 885-1700 or butch@uksailmakers.com

About the Storm Trysail Foundation
The Storm Trysail Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to supporting the education of sailors, junior safety at sea, and intercollegiate big boat racing. STF educates young sailors as they bridge the gap between learning to sail and becoming accomplished blue water seamen through a national program of events, including junior safety at sea seminars and intercollegiate big boat racing.

For more information: stormtrysailfoundation.org

About the Storm Trysail Club

The Storm Trysail Club is one of the world’s most respected sailing clubs. Established in 1938, its membership includes skilled blue water and ocean racing sailors, who have flown a storm trysail (a small triangular sail flown in very strong winds) or severely reduced canvas during an ocean voyage. The club is headquartered in Larchmont, N.Y., and has regional stations throughout the U.S. The club hosts Block Island Race Week in odd-numbered years, the annual Block Island Race and Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race, Quantum Key West Race Week, the biennial Miami to Montego Bay Race and many other events. The Club’s affiliated 501(c)(3) organization, The Storm Trysail Foundation, holds annual junior safety-at-sea seminars and the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta for college sailors using big boats.

For more information: stormtrysail.org

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