Medical and Safety
Prevention and preparedness are best ways to avoid injury and stay safe during any offshore experience. These resources are to help in that process. The more crewman trained via Safety at Sea, CPR/First Aid, and more is always the best way to prepare.
The Fleet Surgeon has created this document to assist with planning for offshore passages, and includes valuable information on: Reference books to have aboard, Medical equipment, and Medicines
Each competitor is individually responsible for wearing a lifejacket conforming to the Safety Requirements at all times – from the race start to the finish.
Each competitor is individually responsible for using a tether to clip in unless specifically relaxed by the Captain:
a. between the hours of sunset and sunrise;
b. when alone on deck;
c. when reefed;
d. when the true wind speed is 25 knots or more;
e. when visibility is less than one (1) nautical mile;
f. with due consideration of the water temperature; or
g. whenever the Captain requires.
In 2022, US Sailing, the national governing body for sailing in the U.S, released the report requested by the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee regarding the tragedy that occurred during the running of the 52nd Newport Bermuda Race. We hope all sailors will learn the importance of life jackets and clipping from this tragic incident. Review the presentation and report below.
“Perhaps no malady to which mankind is subject is productive of so much real suffering with so low a percentage of mortality, as the peculiar affliction known as seasickness.” (Scientific American, 1912).
In reviewing the 2012 Newport to Bermuda Race medical reports, there were 54 cases of self-reported seasickness on board vessels. I suspect, however, that the number of reported cases of seasickness significantly underestimates the actual incidence of this illness that may present in a full range of stages ranging from slight queasiness to severe nausea and vomiting. Anecdotally, I suspect that mild cases were not formally logged and some of the cases occurred without any thought toward preventative measures.
All crew should read more from Jeffrey S. Wisch, M.D.
The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee encourages our sailing community to fully read US Sailing’s report and find ways to realize the recommendations in all of our boating activities.
A long-time supporter of Bermuda racers, LRSE offers new safety gear and inspection services, plus an expanding library of training content.
With 153 boats already entered, competitors are urged to register early for crew safety-at-sea training and to acquire/inspect safety equipment
Registration is open for Safety at Sea courses required for a number of crewmembers on each boat. Get the details.
Safety training requirements for 2022 are the same as for 2020. However, there are changes that affect all Safety at Sea training in the U.S.
Webinar #3, “To Finish First, You First Must Finish” drew more than 100 sailors to focus on yacht preparation and crew training for the 2022 Bermuda Race
CCA fleet surgeon and colleague, both experienced sailing doctors, will teach designated medical officers how to fill their roles during the race. First Aid and CPR training also available. Register early.
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