The 2011 Safety at Sea Symposium sponsored by the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race in conjunction with the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race is scheduled for March 19 and 20. The event will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. The two-day symposium features speakers who will deal with a variety of safety-at-sea topics of vital importance to the cruising/racing sailor. Sanctioned by U.S. Sailing, the event will be moderated by sailor and author John Rousmaniere, an expert on safety at sea.
In addition to the formal symposium, for an additional fee practical training courses will be offered on the 20th and will include: In-Water Skills and Emergency Course, Offshore Medical Emergency Procedures, Understanding Weather and Understanding the Gulf Stream.
For Transat and Fasnet racers requiring a full ISAF hands-on training session, the organizers are offering a half-day pool session that will count towards half of the ISAF personal survival training course. If you are interested in obtaining the full ISAF certificate, another half-day session will be offered on April 16th. This session will be focusing on emergency communications, signaling (which will include flares and other pyrotechnics) as well as fire fighting. This half-day course will be offered at Life Raft and Survival Equipment in Tiverton, R.I.
For more information, visit www.marionbermuda.com/sas.