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“Safety Moments, presented at CCA Stations and Posts”

Mind your Alarms
A short trip becomes a near disaster by ignoring engine alarms.
Who is in charge?
​​​​​​​A problem can easily arise when several knowledgeable sailors are on deck during a passage or even a daysail and it is not clear who is charge. Each is partially attentive, but no one is paying attention to the details on the chart or what other boats are hidden under the jib but are on a collision course. Even couples on a passage can have this problem when both are on deck during the day.
For Whom the Boat Tows: Practice this essential skill
Many of us have a general idea about how we’d tow another boat back to the harbor or gas dock or a safe anchorage. While most sailboats don’t generate a lot of pull, they can generally tow a similarly-sized sailboat at four or five knots, which frequently beats waiting for the wind to fill in. Since the loads generated are more modest than those generated by a vessel capable of higher bollard pulls, a few rules suffice:
THE COLD FACTS: Special Safety Considerations of High Latitude Voyaging

With tens of thousands of miles sailed (and working) in the cold-water latitudes, CCA Member Mark Roye has learned a

Perhaps Overconfidence, not Curiosity, Killed the Cat?
Armed with a small amount of misinformation, we concoct a story to fit what we think we see and then twist additional evidence to comply.
Sacrificing One’s Body: Better, Safer Docking
Six key points to keep in mind when docking the boat. Chuck explains it all.