The Cruising Club of America will offer a seminar two days before the Newport Bermuda start to ensure entrants receive required safety training.
Newport Bermuda Race rules require that 30 percent of each crew complete vital safety training. That requirement, combined with a rising demand for safety training generally, has maxed out seminar capacity and prompted the Cruising Club of America to open additional capacity with a Safety at Sea Seminar in Newport, R.I., on June 13, 2018.
The seminar will include dual tracks. One track will offer the traditional US Sailing-sanctioned Offshore Safety at Sea Seminar moderated by Ralph Naranjo, the NBR race safety officer. This will support race entries needing to fulfill the 30-percent requirement.
The second track will involve hands-on training to complete the International Offshore Safety at Sea course with hands-on training certificate. It requires either a prior Classroom Offshore Safety at Sea Seminar in the past 12 months (such as the CCA’s March 10 seminar in Newport) or the International Offshore US Sailing Online Supplement completed prior to June 6. This will provide an option for those who need to meet the requirement to have two aboard with a World Sailing Personal Survival certificate or US equivalent. Register here.
Another option for crews seeking training before the Race is the Safety at Sea seminar offered in Throggs Neck, NY, on May 19 by the Storm Trysail Club at SUNY Maritime .