Nanaimo Yacht Club, 400 Newcastle Ave, Nanaimo
15 Feb 2024 1900h - 2130h
Members $5 / Non-Members $10
Kate Swangard, Mid-Island Rep
Join BCA member Jeanne LeBlanc as she shares her insights and strategies for coping with disaster at sea.
Dr. LeBlanc and her husband have been sailing and cruising for decades aboard their boat Lucky Dog. In April of 2023, they experienced their entire rudder snapping off in the middle of the Pacific Ocean as they crossed from Mexico to the Marquesas, ultimately necessitating their rescue by a following cruiser enroute to Hiva Oa. Weeks later they sailed hundreds of miles with a hired boat and captain to successfully find and rescue Lucky Dog, install a newly built emergency rudder, and sail her back through big seas and dangerous conditions 19 days later.
The presentation will discuss immediate and later psychological impacts of this type of large-scale event in order to help sailors understand what are the normal and expected emotional responses to disasters at sea, the cognitive and practical implications–both immediately and longer term–as well as various methods to help optimize coping and effectiveness throughout. Finally, tips for supporting your fellow cruisers who have experienced devastating events will be provided, to help us all continue to be the supportive community we aspire to be.
BCA members and non-members are all welcome to this VI Mid-Island club night; please note it will not be available via Zoom. Doors open at 7:00pm and the presentation will begin at 7:45pm. Bar will be open – come early to enjoy conversation and camaraderie.