There was a packed house at the Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga, Ontario to hear Captain Eric Hill, RCAF provide a highly informative presentation on Preparation and Readiness for Passage Making.
Captain Hill, of the Royal Canadian Air Force Maritime Helicopter Tactics, is a yacht training and safety consultant. He is the offshore training skipper for the Royal Canadian Navy and holds a commercial endorsement for sailing vessels to 200 gt. and is a qualified RYA/CYA radar, diesel, and commercial Yachtmaster instructor. He is one of only two Yachtmaster Instructors in Canada; an endorsed ISAF Sea Survival instructor for offshore racing; and, a qualified Advanced Medical First Responder.
Captain Hill outlined the serious consequences that can occur when sailors are not prepared and do not follow operational procedures. He reviewed common mistakes such as over reliance on instrumentation and relaxed procedures — errors that even experienced sailors make. The results of these mistakes can be catastrophic, leaving a vessel and crew in dire situations. Of particular interest was his second-by-second account of a racing disaster where what seemed to be a series of small errors quickly escalated into a tragedy.
Tanya Eyram, Vice President of Chubb Insurance Company of Canada also presented. She provided a compelling overview on Marine Insurance and what every boat owner should know. She outlined the kinds of marine coverage that exist, the risks boat owners should be aware of, how to prepare yourself to avoid losses and what to do when a loss occurs.
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