Coastal Safety@Sea for Women

A day-long course on safety and seamanship with practical training to enhance your sailing safety. Workshop for all levels of experience are lead by expert safety presenters from US Sailing, US Coast Guard and others with extensive safety knowledge, offering valuable training tips and information. Workshops will augment the US Sailing online certification program, which is included in the course.

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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, serves on the Board of Directors for US Sailing. Sheila has completed 15 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.

Susan Epstein

National Women’s Sailing Association

Susan Epstein, a native of Boston, MA, has sailed and raced on the waters of Massachusetts Bay since she was six years old. At nine, she was racing her own Lawley. Susan graduated to 110’s and Ensigns, and for “a good while” has raced 210s. In recent years, she has experienced the joys of cruising. She was the advisor and coach to the sailing team of Wheaton College. At US Sailing, Susan is past chair of the Council of Sailing Associations and the past chair of the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, a position she held for five years. Susan is also a former member of the Board of Directors of US Sailing. She became a member of the Board of NWSA in 2001. Susan served from 2014 to 2016 as Vice President.

CMDR Lee Titus

Chief of Response, Sector Boston, US Coast Guard

Hailing originally from Hector in Upstate NY, CDR Titus has served 18 years in the Coast Guard. Over his service, CDR Titus has commanded multiple patrol boats in the Pacific Northwest and the Caribbean, served aboard a major Cutter in the North Atlantic and served in two Rescue Coordination Centers in Boston and Seattle. Currently, CDR serves as the Chief of Response at Sector Boston and is responsible for all maritime law enforcement, security, environmental response, and search and rescue (SAR) missions from the New Hampshire Border to Plymouth MA. As the primary SAR Mission Coordinator for Sector Boston , a Rescue Coordination Center Chief, and Patrol Boat Commanding Officer, CDR Titus has planned and executed thousands of near shore and deep ocean searches and rescues over his Coast Guard service. Personally, Lee Titus is a lifelong sailor, whitewater kayaker, and kiteboarder.

Debbie Huntsman

National Women’s Sailing Association

Debbie Huntsman is small boat instructor for US Sailing, and has over 20 years of service as a boating safety instructor for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and the States of Louisiana, Utah and Arizona. Huntsman served as commodore for the Lake Pleasant Sailing Club and the Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association where she introduced AdventureSail® and her women’s sailing program L.A.S.T. (Learn About Sailing Things) to the Gulf Coast. She is married to the recreational boating safety manager for the 8th Coast Guard District. Last year Huntsman sailed in the Pensacola a la Havana race on the 42’ Swan, Southern. She became a member of the Board of NWSA in 2016. She currently serves as Vice President.

AST2 Christopher Moore

Helicopter Rescue Swimmer, Air Station Cape Cod, US Coast Guard

Originally from Los Angeles, CA, AST2 Moore has served in the United States Coast Guard for 12 years and also served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps prior to joining the USCG. During his time in Coast Guard, AST2 Moore served as a boarding team member for Small Boat Station San Diego, CA
before transferring to Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City, NC to complete Aviation Survival Technician (AST) School, otherwise known as Helicopter Rescue Swimmer School. After completing AST school, AST2 Moore selected Kodiak, AK as his first duty station as a Rescue Swimmer. Upon completing a 4 year tour in Kodiak, AST2 Moore transferred back to San Diego, CA where he would serve for the next 5 years. Most recently, AST2 Moore transferred to Air Station Cape Cod, where he continues to serve today. AST2 Moore specializes in open ocean rescues, swift water (river) rescues, vertical surface (cliff) rescues and high angle rope rescues and has cross trained with local rescue agencies such as fire, police and mountain rescue organizations over the course of his career.

AST3 Brian Notheis

Helicopter Rescue Swimmer, Air Station Cape Cod

Originally from Tucson, AZ, AST3 Notheis has served in the United States Coast Guard for 7 years.  During his time in the Coast Guard, AST3 Notheis served as a fireman aboard the 210 foot cutter Steadfast in Astoria, OR, before transferring to Aviation Technical Training center in Elizabeth City, NC, to complete Aviation Survival Technician (AST) School, otherwise known as Helicopter Rescue Swimmer School. After completing AST school, AST3 Notheis selected Port Angeles, WA as his first duty station as a rescue swimmer. After completing a 4 year tour at Air Station Port Angeles, he is currently serving at Air Station Cape Cod. AST3 Notheis is proficient in open ocean rescue, vertical surface and high angle rope rescue, and has cross trained with fire, police, and other agencies, most recently with the Royal Canadian Air Force.


Franny Charles, is the varsity coach as well at the Sailing Master at the MIT Sailing Pavilion.
Fran was a member of the Tufts team that went to the National Championships in both dinghies and team racing. During that time he was a member of the US Olympic 470 team winning US and North American titles, went to the Pan American Games and won a Silver Medal as well as finishing 4th, 6th and 8th in World Championships. He has won both the Interclub Frostbite Dinghy Nationals and the 210 Class Nationals twice.
Fran was the recipient of the 1998 Distinguished Service to Sailing Award given by the Mass Bay Sailing Association for his contributions to the sport as a volunteer, professional and competitor.

The MIT Sailing Pavilion, the first facility constructed for college sailing, was built in 1935. It is now known as the birthplace of today’s collegiate sailing. A number of colleges had sailing clubs in the late 1800s; however, these were primarily social clubs consisting of private boat owners. The first ten Dinghy Championships of the newly organized Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association (ICYRA) were sailed on the Charles River in MIT’s fleet of cat-rigged, wooden Tech Dinghies. To this day, MIT continues to host more college regattas than any other site in the country. In the fall of 1994 it hosted the ICYRA’s first annual Women’s Singlehanded Championship in Laser Radials. MIT provides practice time for local colleges and high schools who do not have boats and sites of their own.

US Coast Guard, Sector Boston, “The Birthplace of the Coast Guard,” is a regional operational command responsible for coastal safety, security, and environmental protection from the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border southward to Plymouth, Massachusetts out to 200nm offshore. “Semper Paratus”, Always Ready.

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.