Coastal Safety@Sea for Women
April 13, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
workshop hosted by Cruising Club of America
Roger Williams University Bristol, Rhode Island


Sign up now for a full-day women’s workshop of hands-on training and discussion. Led by Sheila McCurdy of US Sailing and Mark Lenci of the Cruising Club of America, the workshop designed for women will enhance US Sailing’s online Coastal Safety at Sea course (to be completed prior to the workshop). Topics and exercises are: assisting others, knowing your personal safety gear, preventing crew overboard, preparing for an effective recovery, aiding in search and rescue, and initiating clear emergency communications.

You will become more familiar with safety protocols and gear while you build confidence in your safety skills. Participants will gain invaluable coached in-water practice (in a heated indoor pool).

The US Sailing online Coastal Safety at Sea course is included in the cost of the women’s workshop. The online content takes about five hours to complete, including testing. It may be divided into shorter sessions to be completed over time before the workshop on April 13.

Course cost is $105 for National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) members and $150 for non-members. The fees include all instruction including; access to the US Sailing online Coastal Safety at Sea course, testing and certification, a light breakfast, lunch and a one year NWSA membership for non-members.

WELCOME introductions, housekeeping, plan for the day
ONLINE review, key points, discussion, questions
SAFETY ETHOS yourself, the crew, the boat, other people, other boats.
BOAT PREP hull, rig, systems, safety equipment, tools,  spares
EMERGENCY COMMS VHF mayday, EPIRB, PLB, AIS, flares (demos of types), phone
HEAVING LINES docking lines. messenger line
DECK SAFETY safe areas on deck, staying aboard, COB — horseshoe, life sling, MOM, making contact, recovery
LIFE JACKETS, COB SURVIVAL fit, maintenance, straps, inflation, entering the water, floating, swimming, being seen and heard, H.E.L.P., hypothermia, grouping, maneuvers
SCENARIOS hearing a mayday, things to tell new crew, COB response, engine failure, flooding

registration is closed.




Sheila McCurdy

US Sailing moderator

Sheila McCurdy has earned the label of “Superwoman of Sailing.” In 1973 she won the North American Women’s Sailing Championship for the Adams Cup, crewing for Timmy Larr. In the late ‘80s, she ran the Museum of Yachting. As a professional captain, she holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton license. She has served as the first female commodore of the Cruising Club of America, a prestigious honor for anyone in the sailing world. She is a trustee of Mystic Seaport and former trustee of the New York Yacht Club. She has advised the U.S. Naval Academy sailing program for twenty years, served on the Board of Directors for US Sailing. Sheila has completed 18 Newport Bermuda Races – finishing second overall twice as skipper and navigator – among many other races. She has sailed over 100,000 miles in a variety of boats, and has moderated Safety at Sea Seminars across the country.

Mark Lenci

Mark Lenci has a passion for sailing with friends and family in his 52 foot sailboat, “Sunflower”. Mark holds a USCG 100 ton Masters License, a RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence, and various other maritime certifications that support his long-range sailing plans. He and his crew also race Sunflower in offshore races. He has competed in the Newport Bermuda Race and is a member of the organizing committee for that race. He is a member of the Cruising Club of America (CCA) and the New York Yacht Club. Mark runs the Safety at Sea training program for the CCA. Mark Lenci serves on the National Faculty of US Sailing specializing in the area of safety at sea education.

Roger Williams University,  is inextricably connected to Roger Williams, the 17th-century leader devoted to freedom of conscience and social justice who founded a community in Rhode Island based on those tenets. Roger Williams’ philosophy, and what has been called his ‘lively experiment,’ nurtured the growth of vibrant and open societies.The Univerisitys pursuit of excellence in education, academic accomplishment and community service is rooted in his focus on intellectual exchange, critical thinking, inclusiveness and innovation as a means of improving a free society.

Cruising Club of America, is an international organization of over 1,200 sailors who have voyaged the oceans for adventure and recreation. Their members have broad sailing experience, exemplified by superior seamanship and demonstrated through significant command. Equally important to the mission of the club are the members’ geniality of spirit and willingness to share knowledge and friendship through cruises, social events, publications, and posts. The CCA and its members contribute to the sport of sailing and history of yachting in many ways. The club makes awards for exceptional passage making, seamanship and literary works. The club organizes and runs the biennial Newport Bermuda Race, and conducts seminars on safety at sea for hundreds of sailors. The Bonnell Cove Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit organizations for projects in safety at sea and environmental protection.

The United States Sailing Association is the national governing body for sailing in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Bristol, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team.