Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios

Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios, Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios

Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios

The most commonly-experienced problems at sea provide a good opportunity to learn new skills, work with your boat’s equipment, and build confidence in your responses. Until you actually walk yourself through the steps to take when things go wrong; you can’t be really certain how effective your solution will be, or how quickly you can execute it. Here are some critical dynamic situations that happen regularly, and some ideas on how to stay out of trouble and self-rescue your boat and crew. You can practice these in open water, or, right at the dock if you prefer to concentrate solely on the situation.

Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios, Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios

Engine Quits

Prop Fouls, Intake Blocked, Impeller, or Other

  • Communicate
  • Must raise sail
  • Might need to unfurl jib first to gain control, steerage
  • Then might need to turn into wind to raise the main five or ten feet
  • Then back off wind to regain control
  • Then back into the wind to raise the main another five or ten feet
  • Repeat as needed
Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios, Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios

Steering Fails

Rudder Functional, Cables Stretched or Fail

  • Communicate
  • Must steer with sails
  • Must retrieve and install emergency tiller
  • Might need to sit down to accomplish leverage
  • Might need to lengthen the lever to increase power
  • Might need to rig lines to cleats to control emergency tiller
Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios, Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios

Can’t Sail

Not enough wind to sail; no control

  • Communicate
  • Must perform emergency anchoring
  • Watch for dumping so much chain that the anchor would foul
Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios, Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios

Stuck Jib

Terrible storm coming, jib won’t furl

  • Communicate
  • Must douse jib (demonstrate at least two methods)
  • One method – roll using hands to turn the forestay system
  • Second method – if drum locked; roll from clew toward luff and lash
  • Third method – drop the sail
Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios, Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios

Dragging Anchor

Boat is dragging, must re-anchor upwind

  • Communicate
  • Launch dinghy
  • Rig bridle 
  • Must retrieve anchor,
  • Then re-deploy anchor without fouling it by dropping all the chain at once
Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios, Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios

Assorted Situations as Time Allows

  • Fire
  • High water alarm
  • Engine overheat
  • Prop foul
  • Knots
  • Whatever is scariest to today’s crew
Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios, Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios

Sécurité Sécurité Sécurité Practice Script

  • Hello all stations, this is the sailing vessel _____________ (name)
  • We are on the _______ side of ___________ on the _________ (location)
  • We are adrift/aground/at anchor (situation)
  • Be advised, we are (blocking channel/explain situation) (explanation of effect on others)
Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios, Challenge Your Crew With These Sailing Safety at Sea Scenarios

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