Alan Stewart Posted June 23, 2018 Report Share Posted June 23, 2018 Fellow Sailors! In the aftermath of this years Everglades Challenge Race there was a lot of discussion on capsize recovery specifically in Class 4 (meaning small sailboats). A few sailors had to be rescued when they weren't able to recover their boats from a capsize. A series of unfortunate events can and will eventually happen to anyone in any boat at any time on the water. What can make the difference is how prepared you are and specifically how much you have practiced for various situations. This can mean many things in many situations but the big one is capsize recovery and what will you do to self-rescue. The goal of the gathering will be to disseminate as much knowledge and information related to capsize recovery and self rescue as possible. All boats of any make or model are welcome to participate. The format will be informal there is no sign up. What we are offering is the chance to discuss methods and skills and practice in a controlled (just off the dock) environment. If you can't attend this year we hope to make it an annual event. Some topics and skills practice will include things such as: -Securing gear and Stowage, how does my system stack up? -Reefing on the water, can I improve my system? hint the answer is always yes. -Capsize recovery. Do it now! -Re-boarding your boat, I hope I can! -Will my boat go turtle? A great time to try it with a full load. -What does it take for me personally to self-rescue? and CAN I DO IT? -What makes a boat "ship shape" and why does it matter? -Navigation -Sailing Tactics -Shallow water sailing -Knots, when and how to tie them. -Proper securing of boats at the dock -Sailing into a dock (who doesn't need practice with that?) We'd like folks to bring their boats (Class 4 boats particularly) and full EC expedition load or whatever you normally take on the water for a weekend of camping at our shop with day sailing in the Bay River and focus on the stuff that you don't usually get to focus on when you take time out of your busy schedule to go out for a sail. We want this to be the time where you WANT to capsize your boat and self-rescue. Kayaks have the advantage of being able to do it dozens of times in a paddling session using an Eskimo roll but sailors typically try to avoid capsize and anytime you don't practice something you forget how it works. This is also a perfect opportunity for anyone who is not sure of themselves on a sailboat to practice capsize in small boats in controlled conditions. Bring the little ones and get them comfortable on the boat KNOWING you are going to capsize and it will be OK. The water is warm, best time to do it. We have lots of grassy land for comfortable tent camping, a 100' dock and boat ramp in a normally sheltered cove on the Bay River at our workshop. Dogs are welcome but they'll have to pass the "sniff test" with the ones who own the place (our dogs). Here is a picture of Graham back in the day doing some capsize testing of his Core Sound 17 off the bank at the shop around the time he first entered the Everglades Challenge. We want to see everyone doing this close to shore and getting to know their boats better and getting WET! JOIN US. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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