Dozens of junior sailors came to Larchmont Yacht Club Friday for the annual Storm Trysail Foundation's Junior Safety at Sea Seminar for big boat sailors competing in overnight regattas. The seminar was aimed to give juniors the training they would need for long distance races in offshore sailing yachts.
The day was split in two parts, with the first half of the day comprised of short on-shore lessons, and the latter half devoted to on-water safety demonstrations and drills.
One of the most well-received morning classes was the medical safety class, taught by Dr. Gino Bottino. Bottino emphasized the importance of being prepared beforehand for medical emergencies on the water, as well as the value of having a mentally healthy and positive crew.
“I learned a lot about medical preparation and care on the water,” Abby Galyon, a junior sailor who was visiting the seminar from Binghamton, NY with her dad, recalled after the session.
“My favorite class was the medical station because it was very helpful, and the teacher was really funny,” explained Tucker Hersam, a junior sailor from Noroton Yacht Club.
“The navigation guy was great, especially when he explained how a boat GPS is different than a car GPS,” explained Galyon.
After all of the classes, attendees viewed a demonstration of proper flare use, and then went out in the pouring rain, on the offshore yachts provided by Storm Trysail Club members, to practice the safety skills they learned in the morning.
“It was windy, rainy, and really fun!” Caroline Quinn, a junior sailor from Black Rock Yacht Club returning to the seminar for her 4th year, said during the pizza party at the end of the event Friday evening. “Now we’ll be more prepared for reefing the mainsail and heavy wind shifts during actual races.”
On the whole, sailors at the regatta were not quite as thrilled with the wind and rain as Quinn; however they all seemed to enjoy the seminar.
“Today was very informative and engaging, and I think that we’ll be more aware of the necessity of preparation for this summers’ races,” Fiona Risom, a sailor from Norwalk Yacht Club, said after the seminar.
“I will definitely come back next year,” expressed Hersam. “It’s really helpful and fun.”
The Junior Safety at Sea Seminars are sponsored by the Storm Trysail Foundation, which educates young sailors as they bridge the gap between learning to sail and becoming accomplished blue water seamen.
Pictures from this event are in an album on the JSA of LIS Facebook page here.