Capt. Marx Memorial Safety at Sea Seminar


By Ralph Naranjo

Join Practical Sailor Editor-at-large Ralph Naranjo for a day-long Safety at Sea Seminar in Hampton Roads, VA on February 24th. The Capt. Henry Marx Memorial Safety at Sea Seminar is aimed at mariners of all levels and will cover navigation, heavy weather sailing, and man-overboard recovery. The cost is $130 ($150 after Feb. 1).

The event is being held in honor of Capt. Henry Marx, who died last summer of complications related to cancer. He was 77. Respected for his expertise in matters of navigation and safety at sea, Capt. Marx was a frequent advisor to many of Practical Sailors tests, especially those involving safety equipment. He is best known in the sailing community as the owner of the Stamford, CT chandlery Landfall Navigation, which continues to be a popular source of safety and navigation equipment for cruising sailors.

After a successful corporate career, Marx acquired Landfall Navigation in 1982. A life-long mariner, he saw service in the U.S. as a submariner and abroad with the Norwegian merchant marine. He had a 20-plus year career delivering and cruising yachts along the East and West Coasts, and literally wrote the book on using Loran C, the pre-GPS electronic navigation system. He was a well-respected navigation and marine safety instructor, served on the Marine Board Nautical Chart Committee, was a member of the Storm Trysail Club and was an advisor to the U.S. Sailing Safety-at-Sea Committee. In 2017, he was presented the Commodores Award by the Cruising Club of America for his contributions both as a long-time member as well as his work as a safety educator and advocate.

Capt. Marx’s dedication to fellow mariners, hard-earned sea sense, commitment to community service, and insight into safety procedures and equipment will be sorely missed. We hope you can join us for this special event. Space is limited. You can register at the Mariners’ Museum website, here.

Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.


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