Safety & Seamanship

Participants in the Storm Trysail Club’s Safety at Sea Seminar at SUNY Maritime Institute practice crew overboard recovery using a Lifesling II during on-the-water training. Such exercises have resulted in improved crew safety awareness.

New Trends in Sailing Safety Gear

Innovations in gear and tactics are reshaping overboard response

Safety at sea has become more than a noteworthy slogan. Many feel it defines the right game plan and gear choice to ensure a favorable outcome in challenging conditions. But at Practical Sailor, we also recognize its role in incident prevention, and we understand why one’s boat handling ability, navigation competency, weather awareness, and sound decision-making are just as important as the gear in the grab bag—perhaps even more so.

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