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Articles, White Papers, and Safety Moments (shorter items for presentation to groups) are available for your personal use. We hope these will enhance your time on the water and preparing for it.


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Subject: Safety Gear, Personal, Overboard
Coast Guard Safety Alert: This safety alert reminds all inflatable life jacket users of the importance of performing periodic maintenance on their equipment. Instances of fatal accidents where inflatable life jackets failed to properly inflate have…

by Drew Plominski | |
Subject: Heavy Weather, Emergencies
Last summer, at a dock in Boston, a 30-foot cruiser-racer sailboat was struck by lightning. Owner, Drew Plominski a member of the Cruising Club of America, describes the incident and the damage sustained.

by Chuck Hawley | |
Subject: Overboard
After several fatal short-handed crew overboard incidents involving members of the Sailing Foundation in Seattle, three of the members (Fred Hayes, Dick Marshall, Doug Fryer) began to search for a solution to short-handed overboard accidents. Their…

by Chuck Hawley | |
Subject: Emergency Signalling
Whether you call them flares, or visual distress signals (VDS), or pyrotechnics, some visual form of getting attention from boaters or rescue agencies has been a mainstay of the Federal Recreational Boat Equipment requirements for decades. And…

by Dick York | |
Subject: Fire/Flooding, Electronics
Lithium batteries are a fact of life in this day and age, and, like so many other things aboard, we must treat them with care. When I wrote the CCA article on Fire in the Boat – Prevention, I gently danced around the issue of fires in smaller…

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Subject: Emergencies, Heavy Weather
In this reprinted article from SAIL magazine, CCA member Rich Wilson shares the tale of a terrifying capsize at one of the roughest patches on the water.…

by Evans Starzinger |
Subject: Emergencies, Heavy Weather
Techniques, Tactics and Equipment As weather conditions get progressively more severe, there is a line that is eventually crossed.

by John Rousmaniere |
Subject: Abandon Ship/Liferafts
By John Rousmaniere, A Berth to Bermuda (2006) © John Rousmaniere

by Jeffrey Wisch, MD |
Subject: Medical, Medical
Jeffrey S. Wisch, M.D. Special acknowledgement to Edwin Garry Fischer, M.D. for development of the original format and content of this memo

by Jeffrey Wisch, MD |
Subject: Medical, Medical
The Bermuda Race’s medical chair (a race skipper) describes the causes, prevention, and treatment of this all-too-common and potentially dangerous condition.

by John Rousmaniere |
Subject: Overboard
From The Annapolis Book of Seamanship Here are accounts of two successful rescue efforts in the stormy 2011 Chicago to Mackinac Race.  Each rescuing crew was awarded an Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal by U.S. Sailing.

by John Jourdane |
Subject: Fire/Flooding, Abandon Ship/Liferafts
CCA Member John Jourdane sailed the 2008 Hobart Race on the Spencer 65, Ragtime.   He witnessed a successful rescue of all the crew off a sinking boat. The following is from John’s journal.

by Dick York | |
Subject: Overboard
The methods for dealing with Man Overboard emergencies on a short-handed boat require a few modifications from the standard recoveries taught for fully-crewed race boats. The purpose of this note is to highlight those differences in technique and…

by Dick York |
Subject: Fire/Flooding
You have been reaching along fast and you step below after a great watch on deck, and splash, your foot goes up to the ankle in water in your boat.  Oops, no one wants this scenario.  Like many other emergencies, water in the boat can be minimized…

by Dick York |
Subject: Emergency Signalling
This note presents the results of the work of CCA member John Brooks in investigating the position of the U. S. Coast Guard with regard to “laser flares”. It also contains some description of the devices and links to other information about the…

by Larry Glenn |
Subject: Abandon Ship/Liferafts
Larry Glenn, owner of Runaway, a J44 is very thoughtful, plus he is organized and disciplined about his thinking regarding emergencies.  Larry knows that you cannot assign tasks in the middle of a crisis; you have to plan and organize ahead…

by Dick Stevenson |
Subject: Fire/Flooding

by Dick York |
Subject: Fire/Flooding
One of the most desperate emergencies aboard is a fire in the boat.