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Re: Info. for Guests Aboard

Sorry but for a casual daysail, those 2 first lists are completely over the top. Any of my friends would bail on me if I gave them a pre-brief like that.

I'm retired Navy, submarines and patrol gunboats and I understand and know the value of checklists. I also know not to treat non-military people as if they were military crew.

I assign everyone a life jacket and a pair of gloves and give my daysail brief:

1. Stay on the boat, stay on the boat, stay on the boat.
2. Do not put any part of your body between the boat and a dock or other boat.
3. If I fall overboard, throw me a floating cushion, blow all sheets and dial 911. DO NOT COME IN AFTER ME.

That's it. Once we're away from the dock, and sailing, I show them the danger of the boom, maybe a few other things. If they like it, and want to sail more, then I add more knowledge to their repetoire.

New racing crew get a more detailed brief, but they're expecting more information, so that's ok.
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