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First Aid Afloat

Good morning everyone. Another busy week has passed here in windjammer wonderland. Rain forced us into the barn for a few days this past week but that allowed us to get some good indoor work done including painting the rowboat Rosey, sanding and painting our yawl boat, Arno, and beginning work on the trailboards. Towards weeks end we started working on the topsides in the bright sunshine and varnished the main cabin sole (floor).

This weekend the crew of Mary Day, along with the captains and crews from four other windjammers participated in a very special weekend long first aid and CPR course specifically focused on providing emergency care for our guests in the windjammer environment.

Taught by yours truly along with my friend Becky we challenged the participants with scenarios and presentations that generated great discussions on how best to prevent and respond to the medical concerns of our guests when 911 is not just a phone call away.

Because we rarely experience medical problems, a weekend like this helps us to keep our skills fresh and up-to date with advances in wilderness emergency care. All I can say is it was very cool to see how much knowledge and skill resides in the fleet and to have a weekend to practice these skills and share information and ideas was extraordinary.

Thanks to the captains and crews who made this course a great success.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

Thanks once again to Jim Dugan for his photographic skills. By the way…. just so you don’t think he is just another pretty face, Jim is currently playing Gloucester in the Camden Civic Theater’s production of King Lear. The Camden Civic Theater, and Jim in particular, have earned high praise for their talent and dedication. We are very proud of you Jim. During this June’s photography cruise Jim will be presenting an original one act play, Life According to Gloucester, with interpretive dance to Johnny Nash’s 1972 hit song “I Can See Clearly Now”. (I have to confess that I am just kidding… you know how these internet things can get out of hand. But I bet Jim could do it. We haven’t found anything he can’t do.)

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