Safety at Sea Seminar


If you don’t have any plans for the last weekend of March and beginning of April, you can still register and attend the Annapolis Safety at Sea seminar, presented by the Marine Trades Association of Maryland and the U.S. Naval Academy. The seminar runs March 31-April 1 and will be held in Alumni Hall at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

It will feature presentations and activities with technical experts, premier ocean racers, adventure sailors, and sail-training professionals. Focusing on offshore and inshore safety, the event will offer programs for cruisers and racing sailors, along with on-the-water demonstrations, Coast Guard helicopter rescues, and a signal flare demo. There also will be a seminar on weather forecasting.

Originally designed for Naval Academy midshipmen, the comprehensive training is endorsed by US Sailing, and participants have the opportunity to earn an International Sailing Federation (ISAF) or US Sailing certificate through hands-on training, or to take the advanced cruising track, which includes a more in-depth look at cruising safely and interactive or practical training sessions.

One of the seminar moderators is Practical Sailor Technical Editor Ralph Naranjo, and the line-up of presenters includes PS contributor Steve D’Antonio.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit or call 301/261-1021.

Practical Sailor has been independently testing and reporting on marine products for serious sailors for more than 45 years. Supported entirely by subscribers, Practical Sailor accepts no advertising or any form of compensation from manufacturers whose products we test. Testing is carried out by a team of experts from a wide range of fields including marine electronics, marine safety, marine surveying, sailboat rigging, sailmaking, engineering, ocean sailing, sailboat racing, and sailboat construction and design. This diversity of expertise allows us to carry out in-depth, objective evaluation of virtually every product available to serious sailors. Practical Sailor is edited by Darrell Nicholson, a long-time liveaboard sailor and trans-Pacific cruiser with more than three decades of experience as a marine writer, photographer, boat captain, and product tester. 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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