Houston Yacht Club

Sept 25th/26th

Due to the lingering pandemic STC has restructured the Gulf Coast Safety at Sea event into three parts:

  • Part I and II is online with US Sailing and STC Videos
  • Part III for those on Tract 2 with World Sailing Hands On Offshore Safety certification will receive training over the weekend September 25th & 26th at Houston YC. Therefore please Update Your Calendars! (Note: there has been a change in venue to Houston YC)

If you held your March registration over, you do not need to do anything. If you canceled, then please consider re-booking for either Tract I or Tract II. Registration is available below.

We look forward to getting back to a sense of normality and offering this important training to the sailing community.

The Storm Trysail Club in partnership with Houston Yacht Club will be hosting the second Gulf Coast US Sailing Sanctioned Hands-On Safety-at-Sea training event on Saturday / Sunday September 25th and 26th, 2021, with the support of the Storm Trysail Foundation, Houston Yacht Club and the Galveston Bay Cruising Association.

Course Curriculum

Following on the huge success of the first Storm Trysail Hands-on SAS Seminar held in 2018, this event will again offer two instructional tracks. Track I is the first two parts, while Track II is all three parts.

Part I: Pre-Seminar Prep: Online on your own time

  • A. US Sailing On-Line 15 Module SAS Course: all attendees take this course that earns US Sailing Offshore SAS Certification (which should meet the entry requirements for most/all 2021 events).
  • B. Storm Trysail Video Library: prioritize viewing of MOB and Leadership videos. Storm Trysail’s educational Safety-at-Sea Video Library produced by long time Storm Trysail member Gary Jobson. These videos cover a broad range of safety-at-sea subjects

Part II: Watch the SaS Seminar Session Recording 

  • A. Moderator Introduction – includes leadership, responsibility, seamanship, preparation.
  • B. Damage Control including Panel of Survivors
  • C. Man Overboard – How Not to be a MOB; MOB Recovery
  • D. Panel of Experts Q & A
    • Rich du Moulin – Moderator
    • Dan O’Connor – Survival in the Water
    • Dick York – Chair of US Sailing SAS Committee
    • Matt Gallagher – Chair of US Sailing Offshore Committee

Part III: Hands On In Person Seminar: Participants seeking our Tract II – World Sailing Offshore Certification will also be required to attend in person Part III for the following training for 6 hrs on either September 25th or 26th (you will be assigned a day)

  • A. Survival In-Water Session: Dan O’Connor- PFD and Rafts
  • B. US Coast Guard Session: SAR, Helicopter rescue, Communications
  • C. Pyrotechnics
  • D. Fire Fighting
  • E. Dockside Demonstration: storm sails, MOB recovery, jacklines/PFD harness/tether
  • F. Quiz


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Tracts 1 and 2:

Part I & II: Online Anytime

Part III*: September 25th or 26th  at Houston YC for 6+ hrs. (You will be assigned a day)

* World Sailing track 2 participants only.

What to Bring

The seminar will be an all-day affair, much of which will take place outdoors and for the World Sailing Track, on a boat.

For World Sailing Certification (Track 2) you will need:

  • Cold Weather Sailing Gear for outside
  • Inflatable PFD, spare CO2 cartridge (or a 2nd offshore/dinghy style lifejacket) and tether
  • Change of clothes and towel
  • Second set of old foul weather gear for pool


  • Track 1: Online US Sailing Course + Zoom Seminar: Earning US Sailing Offshore Certification – $125.00
  • Track 2: Online US Sailing Course + Zoom Seminar + World Sailing Hands On Training: Earning World Sailing Certification –  $385.00 
  • Participant fees include coffee and breakfast pastries at registration, lunch, and afternoon snacks and refreshments.

Payment is due in FULL at the time of registration.  Credit Cards Accepted

Once your registration payment has been processed, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Storm Trysail Club that will include your username, password, and link to the seminar site where you can access all the pre-seminar information.