Being the captain and taking friends and family out on your boat is a dream many enjoy. But that dream can quickly turn into a nightmare if you are unprepared when the unexpected happens, especially offshore.

Whether you’re planning an ocean race or an offshore fishing trip, consider attending at least one day of the upcoming two-day Safety At Sea Symposium on March 23 -24, 2013, at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard. You can register on-line at by CLICKING HERE.

At Saturday’s all-day seminar, you’ll hear from experts including:

  • John Rousmaniere, the moderator, has more than 40,000 miles of open ocean experience including three Atlantic crossings and is the acclaimed author of The Annapolis Book of Seamanship; Fastnet, Force 10; and A Berth to Bermuda.
  • Bill Biewenga, speaker, has logged over 400,000 sea miles from 39 transatlantic crossings and several TransPacs.
  • Gail Greenwald will cover the care and maintenance of the crew as a veteran of three Marion Bermuda Races with her husband, Roy, on their Valiant 42, Cordelia. Gail won the Navigator’s Trophy in 2003.

Sponsors of the Marion Bermuda Race (which starts on June 14, 2013) will share information on how to make your boat as safe as possible. Among them, Kingman Yacht Center, which is sponsoring the Kingman Yacht Center Marion Bermuda Race Team Trophy as well as the Yellowbrick satellite boat tracking system, will have its electronics department manager, John Crobar, on hand to answer questions.

Sunday’s program covers medical, weather and in-water training.

Through the generous support of sponsors of the Marion Bermuda Race, the race makes donations to community boating programs in Massachusetts and Bermuda.

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