- At least 30% of a yacht’s crew (including the Captain and the Navigator or a Watch Captain) must have completed a US Sailing sanctioned Safety At Sea (SAS) Seminar of the Race’s start
- Most US-Sailing SAS seminars satisfy this requirement, however a specially-created seminar for Bermuda Race sailors takes place on March 15-16 in Newport, RI
- ISAF Certifications are also available
Programs for Saturday, March 15, 2014
- For those seeking a US-Sailing Safety at Sea (SAS) certification for Bermuda Race eligibility, an all-day Saturday seminar is available. It will include exhibitor space for many organizations that provide products designed to assist sailors in venturing offshore. As such, while we hope it meets the needs of Newport-Bermuda racers, it also offers cruisers an opportunity to expand their knowledge. Contents of the seminar are dictated by the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations and include as a minimum such topics as: care and maintenance of safety equipment; storm sails; damage control and repair, heavy weather – crew routines, boat handling, drogues; man overboard prevention and recovery; giving assistance to other craft; hypothermia; search and rescue organization and methods; weather forecasting;life rafts and life jackets; communications. Speakers have been selected by moderator Ralph Naranjo to provide a maximum amount of information in this day-long session. The certificate earned is issued through US Sailing and is valid for five years.
- For those who have attended two SAS seminars in the last ten years, a ISAF “refresher” certification is offered, a combining a morning of Safety at Sea theoretical sessions and an afternoon of practical training. This ISAF certificate is valid for 5 years.
Programs for Sunday, March 16, 2014
- Race Preparation Seminar: A Sunday race preparation seminar will be offered for those interested in the race. More details to follow.
- Medical Seminar: Dr. Jeffrey S. Wisch, Medical Chair, and Dr. Barbara Masser, Emergency Medicine Physician, will be providing in depth discussions regarding the responsibilities of the medical officer as well as the prevention and treatment of medical emergencies/illnesses in the offshore setting. Examples of real cases will be presented for discussion and problem solving. There will also be a review of medical lessons learned from the 2012 race.
- Hands on Training: In pool sessions will include righting and boarding a liferaft after capsize and other invaluable skills for the offshore sailor. Combining these practical sessions with Saturday’s theoretical training results in an ISAF certificate good for five years.
Registration questions should be directed to SAS seminar coordinators Garry and Leslie Schneider. firstname.lastname@example.org
Safety issues and Bermuda Race Safety Requirement questions should be directed to Ron Trossbach, race safety officer at email@example.com
Note: This page previously listed the requirement as ‘last 10 years.’ Corrected 9/11/13