The event will be sanctioned by US Sailing and moderated by John Rousmaniere. He is an acknowledged expert on safety at sea and has more than 40,000 miles of blue water behind him, including nine Newport Bermuda Races (with two second place finishes) and three Atlantic crossings. He wrote The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, the well-known account of the fatal 1979 Fastnet race storm (in which John sailed), Fastnet, Force 10, and the history of the Newport Bermuda Race: A Berth to Bermuda - Newport Bermuda Race. He has moderated or spoken at more than 100 safety and seamanship seminars. He also co-organized and wrote the final report of the most recent crew overboard rescue trials.