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The OISE Auditorium reached full house capacity, as over 300 racing and cruising sailors alike attended the seminar to watch and learn from two American offshore sailing gurus and safety experts, John Rousmaniere and John Bonds. They covered important topics such as water survival and floatation options, crew overboard rescue, flares and helicopter rescue, heavy weather sailing, damage control and repair, and giving and receiving aid.
Carson Woods, a RCYC board member and chair of the Safety at Sea Committee, discussed how difficult it was for Canadian sailors to attend these seminars in the U.S. “Some of us had to travel long distances,” said Woods. “It was costly and we’d lose an entire weekend. This seminar let us reach a lot of people at one event.”
"These people are really pumped," said Bonds to Rousmaniere after they started the presentation. “The energy carried throughout the 10-hour seminar,” added Rousmaniere. “The Royal Canadian YC organizing committee arranged for a superb downtown auditorium and excellent speakers who complimented our usual curriculum. As moderator, I felt well rewarded by the large crowd with such a wide range of interests, experiences, and goals.”
Woods mentioned, “It was a lively program spiced with humor and real stories, some harrowing, but all of learning value and people were clearly happy to have come.”
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