About ten years ago, the Storm Trysail Club started to teach a teenager- oriented safety
at sea seminar on Long Island sound
. This has developed into an all day programs starting with three morning sessions teaching watchkeeping, coastal piloting, and storm sailing/reefing/shortening/man over board procedures. In the afternoon, the kids
, which arrive by local yacht club, go out in boats provided by members to practice what they learned in the morning.
Three years ago, one boat crewed by kids
who had been through the seminar, in an overnight race, had a person go overboard
in a squall at night and had that person back aboard in 90 seconds.
These kids all have an appreciation for seamanship, which starts with a combination of knowledge and forethought.