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Lessons from the MRA Sea-Safe Seminar
Posted On: May 9, 2010

Sea-Safe Seminar - Lessons

After several near-accidents on the water during the 2009 racing season, the MRA developed a short program on safety procedures to benfit those participating the various sailing events hosted by the yacht clubs in the area. The topics covered included:

1.     MRA Safety Procedures

2.     Hypothermia

3.     Man Overboard/Quick Stop Procedures

4.     Coast Guard and MRA Required Equipment

While the Sailing Instructions do not specifically mention wearing a PDF, everyone racing in MRA events should be aware that the "Y" flag will be flown more consistently at the beginning of racing, signaling that all participants must wear an approved PDF during the entire race, not just at the start and finish. This will be particularly true during spring and fall events, when the winds are usually stronger and the water is colder.