August 9-12, 2005, BoatU.S. Foundation staff attended the 2005 Crew
Overboard Retrieval Symposium, of which it was a co-sponsor. Held
at the Modern Sailing Academy in Sausalito, CA, the event drew over
100 people, including sailing instructors; members of the press;
device manufacturers; international participants from France, Japan,
Germany, Canada, and Iceland; a senior official in the Coast Guard's
safety office; and two senior members of the sailing staff at the
Naval Academy. Many friends, colleagues, and local sailors also
came as volunteers.
Over 400 exercises were
performed, and no one stood on the sidelines. Crews were made up
of all who were present, which meant press members teamed with manufacturers,
and local racers with sponsors. Over four days our own two staff
members served as crew on a Grand Banks 42, a Beneteau 43, and an
Island Packet 38, and on two separate safety boats.
hundreds pages of written observations were collected, thousands
of photos taken, four days of GPS tracks were recorded, and dozens
of rescues were videotaped. It will still take some time yet to
analyze the massive amounts of data, but in the meantime, we invite
you to read our first impressions in Foundation Findings #41, and
view the photo gallery here for some lessons learned.
here to view the photo gallery
here to view the PDF.