Skills You’ll Need For An Annapolis-Newport Run

August 7, 2002
  • Boat handling, including steering, maneuvering and sail trim
  • Ability to change sails and reef in varied wind velocities & on different points of sail
  • Accurate navigation using electronic fixes as well as conventional dead reckoning
  • Ability to deploy and retrieve ground tackle to securely anchor your boat in normal conditions and in heavy weather
  • An understanding of onboard systems and the know-how to troubleshoot problems and/or substitute manual backups for failures in automated systems
  • Dinghy handling (with & without power)
  • Man-overboard recovery, regardless of which crew member is in the water
  • Thorough familiarity with communication equipment, distress calling situations & inter-vessel and ship-to-shore procedures
  • Ability to handle watch-keeping

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