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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 York, |
Subject: Fire/Flooding
One of the most desperate emergencies aboard is a fire in the boat.
by Dick Stevenson, |
Subject: Fire/Flooding
by John Jourdane, |
Subject: Fire/Flooding
A fire aboard a vessel is very scary.  With an uncontrolled blaze, there is nowhere to go except into the water or a life raft. A boat fire spreads very rapidly.  You must attack it immediately and effectively; otherwise you will deplete your…
by Ron Trossbach, |
Subject: Emergency Signalling
by Dick York, |
Subject: Overboard
by Paul Bushueff, |
Subject: Emergency Signalling
Introduction:    Man Overboard Rules of Safety  Rule No. 1. DO Not Fall Overboard. When sailing at night, in bad weather, when reefed, alone, or in cold waters, the best safety is to be clipped in and stay with the boat.  Rule No. 2. DON'T…
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Overboard
Last weekend [October 2015], I was asked to take part in US Sailing’s National Faculty during their annual meeting. My goal was to create a “unit” in US Sailing’s Safety at Sea Course on Crew Overboard, and this required that I come up with a plan…
by Mark Roye, |
Subject: Fire/Flooding
A well-equipped, centrally located damage control kit together with a damage control plan are important to a safe voyage.   This is particularly true in waterways such as the Pacific Northwest which has a high proportion of deadheads and debris in…