Safety Procedures for PCYC Offshore Academy

Revised: Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sylvia Seaberg, 2012 Chief Inspector, provides a dozen pages of careful and thoughtful advice about preparing for emergencies.

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At sea, a potential life-threatening situation is treated as an emergency and it can be a mind-numbing experience. Successful corrective action succeeds in downgrading the emergency to an event. Dealing with the emergency should be methodical and practiced with all crew members knowing the location of emergency and survival equipment and how to use it. The only way to adequately prepare for an emergency is to insure that all crew members know the safety procedures and practice the drill of responses beforehand. Please allow adequate time to review, practice and perfect the safety/crisis management drills with all crew members.

Clearly the very best way to deal with emergencies is to prevent them from happening in the first place. Some key steps in prevention are to 1) understand what causes emergency situations in the first place and do your best to prepare against them, 2) communicate your boat’s policies regarding the wearing of personal safety gear and posting it, 3) develop your boat’s guidelines regarding other race and safety strategies, such as heavy weather sail handling and regular on-the-water systems checks and inspections, and include them in your notebook or playbook for easy reference.

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Sylvia has been enthusiastically sailing and racing on the bay and West Coast for 20 years. She starting racing on a Hawkfarm 28’, sailing it regularly in Bay Area and coastal races. After years of crewing aboard her Hawkfarm Eyrie in the OD, HDA and OYRA series she grabbed the helm and in 2002 began double-handing in the OYRA and SSS series with gal pal Synthia Petroka.

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