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January 6, 2016

Safety is everyone’s business

Introduction

There have been a few accidents this past year resulting in personal injury while sailing. We have also had a very recent tragedy where a young sailor drown in a trapeze hook entanglement. While we express our condolences to those affected, we also hear the call to improve safety and try and prevent these incidents from happening. The fundamental rules of sailing speak about safety, helping those in danger and remind us that participation is our responsibility but we can and should do more.

Personal safety for you and your crew is your responsibility

In most cases your safety and that of your crew is up to you. The immediate response to a dangerous situation will also be up to you and your crew. The first few seconds of an incident are often critical and typically it will just be the people actually onboard determining the initial outcome. That is right, it can be seconds that determine how the events will turn out. It maybe as fast as 60 seconds before a person starts to inhale water if trapped under water. So it is critical to be able to free a person quickly. Clear thinking and some advance planning can make a big difference.

Your equipment can make a big difference. Chose carefully when considering your personal equipment and the safety equipment you carry. Trapeze harnesses are an integral part of our sport but those trapeze hooks are a safety hazard. If a trapeze hook gets inadvertently hooked onto something it can be very difficult to get yourself free and there have been some tragic accidents as a result. Fortunately there are many solutions. Several manufactures make hookless trapeze systems and some offer trapeze harnesses with releasable hooks. I have personally used releasable hook systems from Magic Marine and can tell you they work. The hook does not release accidentally but it can quickly ejected under load in an emergency.

Knives are another important safety item you may wish to carry. In an entanglement incident having a knife accessible can make the difference in avoiding tragedy. There are many inexpensive safety knives on the market. Though you need to consider on the type of knife being used. A bladed knife can be a dangerous device and must be used with caution. Knives with blunt tips are safer than those with sharp tips. Another options would be the ‘S’ blade safety knife which doesn’t have a point.

It is strongly recommended sailors use trapeze harnesses with either releasable hooks or hookless systems. It is recommend that you carry a safety knife on your boat. Below are some examples of products that you maybe able purchase locally or from the internet.

Releasable hook systems
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Hookless Systems
Posted 10-16-2015                                                                                                             
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Safety knife

CANADA
ALBERTA
446Dave DawsonCalgary403-271-39444
BRITISH COLUMBIA
214Benoit SonrelVancouver604-787-40174
263Ron RubadeauKelowna250-868-03884
ONTARIO
183Neil McNeilToronto16
185Doug CareyLondon, Fanshawe YC519-520-846410
298Theo BurtickOttawa613-726-698316
441Jeff GlennBurlington905-522-647016
SASKATCHEWAN
242Henry SchubachRegina306-757-43034
BELIZE
930Troy GenzerBelize512-917-710013
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
289Jose Maria CostaSanto Domingo809-686-577113
GUATEMALA
138Juan MaegliCiudad de Guatemala502-365-883413
MEXICO
236Alistair RichardsonMexico City52-53-68-03-0113
469Pancho LimonSan Felipe52-686-577-11-803
904Alberto PonceYucatan52-9-993-13-0013
PUERTO RICO
133Pedro "The Doctor" ColonSan Juan787-562-208213
ARIZONA
66Bill FeilPhoenix602-706-58982
88Gordon BagleyLake Havasu702-427-73282
514Tony KraussTucson520-514-56062
ARKANSAS
241Bob EdmondsLittle Rock501-868-880114
CALIFORNIA
2Adam DavisNorthern Sierra3
3Karen ChristensenLong Beach582-439-40972
4George BurchfielSan Diego951-544-70992
17Kirk JeffriesSacramento916-782-39623
20Mike LittleSan Jose3
30Brad AustinRiverside909-683-46632
62Sean TomlinsonCentral Valley3
167Dave BethellBakersfield661-322-91782
180Jami OlsonLos Angeles310-391-02012
240Dwight ManningSanta Cruz3
259Scott ErwinPaso Robles3
281Bill BoydNorth Bay3
434Chris DunnLake Arrowhead909-336-67692
COLORADO
50Sean TracyFort Collins970-223-26425
61Steve TitusDenver303-229-84745
DELAWARE
106Bill ColganRehoboth Bay302-373-131211
FLORIDA
35Kirk NewkirkPensacola850-932-552015
120Brad StephensPanama City850-235-228115
178Fenwick WalshFort Walton Beach850-225-733015
GEORGIA
12Tammy DuranAtlanta770-531-03979
HAWAII
6Dan WilliamsKaneohe808-235-35071
IDAHO
926Miles MooreCoeur d' Alene208-704-44544
ILLINOIS
159Dave WaughSpringfield217-528-903110
IOWA
10Jeff GriffinClear Lake641-529-20297
84Angie WilsonDes Moines515-967-35617
474Slim JohnsonSpirit Lake507-375-42267
475Andy LarsonStorm Lake712-732-5327
KANSAS
27Stu&Heather MorrisonWichita316-729-841714
149Cynthia AkagiLake Perry785-246-36267
297John EatonClinton Lake (Lawrence)913-648-441414
LOUISIANA
9Jennifer DwyerLake Charles337-437-83106
41Barbara LeeNew Orleans504-283-131215
401Mark Van DorenShreveport/Bossier City318-741-100614
MAINE
207Bil WeidnerRandolph207-944-191312
MARYLAND
54Dan FlaniganGunpowder Falls, MD410-821-676111
MASSACHUSETTS
28Nancy WorthBoston781-821-938612
MICHIGAN
276John BauldrySoutheast Michigan248-620-476810
519Jerry MohneyWestern Michigan269-744-629310
MINNESOTA
52Kevin ChaseWhite Bear Lake651-429-79717
444Karl BroggerLake Pepin, MN507-301-90197
MISSISSIPPI
68Caleb WillifordPascagoula228-217-196915
70David BealeOcean Springs228-896-764515
278Jerome VaughanJackson601-924-294715
MISSOURI
123Garen MillerSt. Louis314-781-014510
NEBRASKA
192Fred GraberLincoln402-592-32687
NEVADA
51Clay OstromLas Vegas702-413-48132
203Bryan SmithReno775-851-42293
NEW HAMPSHIRE
209Allen JohnsonHampton603-895-132712
496Tom TherrienHillsboro603-253-740812
NEW JERSEY
24Wally MyersOcean City609-390-818211
65Rob WingenderShore Acres YC732-477-324211
137Todd WaltersLake Hopatcong973-945-435611
250Vic SimonSandy Hook732-583-655811
267Andy KellerSpray Beach YC609-492-171311
416Fred Myer
Eastern Pennsylvania570-732-046111
443Byron FreyNorth Cape May609-742-047111
Rob SterlingStone Harbor609-886-684811
944Connor MillerSpring Lake732-778-818411
NEW MEXICO
48Dave MyersAlbuquerque505-797-89095
NEW YORK
119Bill WatzHamburg716-662-133616
204Bruce KrupkeSyracuse16
238Kim RobertsSacandaga16
295Mark GibsonRochester16
NORTH CAROLINA
92Charlotte9
97Sam EvansRaleigh919-544-45219
100Kyle HarrisonNew Bern919-304-61679
170Ron WaltersLake Waccamaw910-642-06259
191Tom SuttonGreensboro336-282-31069
OHIO
400Dave SullivanToledo419-698-357610
OKLAHOMA
25Donna McIntoshTulsa918-296-777414
63Bryan RainbowNorman405-321-511214
131Phil CollinsOklahoma City405-721-073714
251Peggy CoeLawton580-529-222414
OREGON
72Jim WoodPortland970-219-09834
94Kelly HavigRedmond541-980-32154
193John StahrEugene541-344-55854
PENNSYLVANIA
416Dan WardEastern Pennsylvania609-439-276211
RHODE ISLAND
448Sean EstenRumford401-433-268412
932Todd WilliamsRhode Island860-535-208012
SOUTH CAROLINA
53Steve ShapiroCharleston843-795-30269
164Dave StricklandSimpsonville864-801-16259
174Ted WattsMyrtle Beach843-651-69319
520Buzz MooreHartsville803-332-61039
SOUTH DAKOTA
198Paul McQuilkinRapid City605-342-45495
291Tom WadsworthSioux Falls605-357-90237
TENNESSEE
134Gerry WilderMemphis901-755-546415
249Jon SheridonNashville615-383-726615
TEXAS
8Chris GreenHouston281-291-09306
23Laurie CronanDallas972-625-473614
33Floyd AdcockSurfside832-788-92166
64Jim CastoAustin6
91Gary GodboldFt. Worth817-731-054214
128Betty ReehSan Antonio210-656-52786
407Roger PoeHouston/Conroe281-859-62016
UTAH
67Jarrod MarxSalt Lake City801-562-54615
941Raul HeviaSouthwestern Utah435-634-81062
VIRGINIA
32Travis FoxVirginia Beach757-373-97949
WASHINGTON
37Scott ChapmanBellingham360-734-88494
95Peter NelsonSeattle424-992-32154
535Mark SeleEast Wenatchee509-884-91134
926Miles MooreCoeur d' Alene208-704-44544
WYOMING
156Ken BaleCasper5