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Ken Read to deliver keynote address at annual Safety-at-Sea Seminar

North Sails presidents Ken Read will deliver the keynote address at the 40th annual Annapolis Safety-at-Sea Seminar, organized by the Marine Trades Association of Maryland and the Naval Academy sailing program.

This event, which is nationally sponsored by Cruising World magazine, Sailing World magazine and US Sailing, takes place inside Alumni Hall on the campus of the academy and provides two days of learning the weekend of March 30-31.

Moderator Chuck Hawley will lead a team of sailors and industry experts on Saturday, who will address safety issues that include crew overboard recovery, hypothermia, weather forecasting, search and rescue options, and the maintenance of safety equipment.

There will also be the exciting live demonstrations of crew overboard recoveries by Navy sailors, a helicopter search and rescue swimmer demonstration, life raft boarding and pyrotechnic signal flares. Participation in the first day of the seminar will qualify registrants for a US Sailing certificate.

Read is a two time Volvo Ocean Race skipper nine-time world champion in various classes. The Rhode Island resident sailed aboard Team Ericsson in the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race and was skipper of the Puma Ocean Racing Team in 201-2012.

Puma was dismasted 2,150 miles from Cape Town South Africa, but managed to proceed under jury rig to safety and re-entered the race with a new mast. Read also skippered Comanche to victory in the 2015 Sydney to Hobart Race.

“I’m not the first to cross the vast and isolated runway known as the Southern Ocean, and there are many tales far more harrowing than mine,” Read said. “Racer, voyager, explorer, each before me has his or her own Southern Ocean tale, but all accounts bear the same truth: the place is cold, wet, gray, nasty, and unforgiving. And let me add: relentless.”

While Sunday’s World Sailing Certification session is sold out, the Advanced Cruising track still has space available. There will be in-depth presentations on communications and electronics, navigation, cruise preparation, and ocean currents with wind/wave dynamics.

The Advanced Cruising Track offers offshore sailors the option to participate in hands-on training in the pool with safety gear (Practical) or small group discussions with the experts (Interactive).

Steve D’Antoinio will deliver a presentation on damage prevention control while retired Coast Guard Captain J. K. “Kip” Louttit will discuss and demonstrate care and maintenance of safety equipment. Navy Sailing Varsity Coach Jahn Tihansky will provide the details of crew overboard rescues.

Back by popular demand, the seminar will again offer an afternoon weather seminar featuring Joe Sienkiewicz from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Dr. Gina Henderson from the Naval Academy.

Dr. Michael Jacobs will present emergency medical care and hypothermia on Saturday. He will discuss questions ranging from how to treat contusions to why it’s important to understand the dire implications of hypothermia.

Sunday will feature offshore cruiser and instructor John Kretschmer who will present the cruise preparation segment of the program. This year’s seminar will address the needs of offshore racers and cruisers as well as provide important safety tips for those whose boating interests remain much closer to home.

Tickets are available online at www.mtam.org for $175 for Saturday only, which includes an evening reception with the speakers and $225 for the two day advanced cruising session. Refreshments and a box lunch will be provided each day as part of the ticket price.

Ticket and event information may be obtained through the Marine Trades Association of Maryland P.O. Box 3148, Annapolis MD 21403 on the web www.mtam.org or by telephone at 410-269-0741.

Endorsed by the U. S. Coast Guard and originally designed for Academy Midshipmen 40 years ago following the tragic 1979 Fastnet Race, the popular Safety-at-Sea Program has been credited with saving countless lives.

Life-saving know-how is useful not only for those who have never ventured offshore, but for those who make offshore passages regularly. The national Safety-at-Sea programs have become required attendance for those planning to participate in the Annapolis to Newport, and the Annapolis to Bermuda race.

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