Please select your home edition
Edition
Hall Spars Batten

Move to licence USA boaters heralds greater safety

by Sophia Hall, WCPS880/Sail-World Cruising on 15 Oct 2012
Boating safety - don’t let this happen to you .. .
Great oaks from little acorns grow, and the Suffolk County in New York may be spearheading the push for better sailing safety on USA waterways with their new 'Safer Waterways Act'. The new act came into force this week, only three months after three children died in a boating accident on Long Island Sound.

The new law requires operators of boats to take a safety course and have the certificate displayed on board the vessel.

As WCBS 880?s Sophia Hall has reported, the three children, eight-year-old Victoria Gaines, 11-year-old Harlie Treanor and 12-year-old David Aureliano, were trapped in the boat’s cabin when the yacht capsized, authorities determined.

Victoria’s mother said she applauds this new law, but said it is just the first step.

'I wanted to take a moment to thank the Suffolk County legislature for acting quickly in the signing of this law, only three months after our accident,' Lisa Gaines told WCBS 880. 'We would then like to move this law up the ladder to the state and federal levels and we would like to see the Coast Guard embrace this fully, as we need their support and cannot do it without them.'

Gaines said she would also like to see more regulations for boat operators. 'Capacity limit law, continued education and certification, enforcement and penalties. I am not only speaking for my daughter but I am speaking for Harlie Treanor and David Aureliano who also died on that night,' Gaines said.

Victoria Gaines died a day before what would have been her ninth birthday.

The children were trapped in the cabin of a 34-foot yacht called the Kandi Won when it flipped and sank on July 4 following a fireworks ceremony in the waters off Oyster Bay on Long Island.

The new law only impacts Suffolk County. New York State only requires a boating safety course and does not license boat operators.
Pantaenius - Fixed ValueGold Coast Marine Expo 2017 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Lisa Blair departing on her Antarctic circumnavigation attempt
Sydney-based sailor Lisa Blair will depart on her record breaking attempt to circumnavigate Antarctica on 22 January Sydney-based sailor Lisa Blair will depart on her record breaking attempt to circumnavigate Antarctica on Sunday 22 January 2017.
Posted on 21 Jan
Ninth Blog from on board Perie Banou II
A fall on the quay saw Jon endure some fractured ribs, but he's OK and recuperating well and looking forward Jon's unique tales from his epic 10th circumnavigation continues. Alas it was not the sea that got him, but a fall on the quay saw him endure some fractured ribs. Jon’s OK, and recuperating well, but his progress is slowed and he’ll be in Cape Town until February 13 to complete his recovery
Posted on 18 Jan
Zhik Xeflex® - your shield against cold environments
This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. How do you make a water resistant garment that really breathes, yet reflects your own body heat back to you? Where do you find a compression resistant and extremely insulating filling that is nowhere near as bulky as the Michelin Man, yet gives you that kind of warmth and comfort?
Posted on 17 Jan
Henri Lloyd Aqua Down Jacket
A new collection of premium active wear which represents the ultimate in lifestyle sports apparel. Henri Lloyd has used its 50 plus years of technical apparel design and development to launch a new collection of premium active wear which represents the ultimate in lifestyle sports apparel.
Posted on 16 Jan
Sounds like a boat - Lisa Blair's departure delayed due to electronics
Final preparations of her yacht, Climate Action Now by Sydney-based sailor Lisa Blair have uncovered an electrical issue Final preparations and safety checks of her yacht, Climate Action Now by Sydney-based sailor Lisa Blair have uncovered an electrical issue.
Posted on 15 Jan
Lisa Blair starts Solo Circumnavigation of Antarctica
Over 3,500 people have climbed Mount Everest, only two men have sailed solo, non-stop and unassisted around Antarctica. Over 3,500 people have climbed Mount Everest, over 500 have rowed across the various oceans and 12 people have landed on the moon. Only two men have sailed solo, non-stop and unassisted around Antarctica. Sydney-based Lisa Blair, 32, intends to become the first woman, the fastest and the third person in history to conquer such a challenge.
Posted on 14 Jan
Lisa Blair to attempt world record around Antarctica
Dodging icebergs, 10-storey tall waves are some of dangers facing a Queensland sailor about to attempt a world record Dodging icebergs, riding 10-storey tall waves and being buffeted by 80-knot winds are some of the dangers facing a Lisa Blair as she attempts a world record circumnavigating Antarctica. Blair hopes to become the first woman to circumnavigate Antarctica solo, non-stop, and unassisted.
Posted on 14 Jan
When whales meet sails
CAMPER helmsman Roberto ‘Chuny’ Bermudez found himself nearly face to face with whale in middle of North Atlantic Ocean. Currently the database for marine mammal strikes is very sparse. We are requesting sailors and boaters help to submit information on current and past incidents, however long ago that may be. By giving a location, date, identification if possible, and any other relevant information you can help scientists better understand where marine mammals are at risk for strikes
Posted on 8 Jan
Seventh and Eighth blogs from on board Perie Banou II
Jon's tales from his epic 10th solo circumnavigation continues. Jon's tales from his epic 10th solo circumnavigation continues. This time he talks about the fierce gales and waves he met rounding the Cape of Good Hope. As always, it's told in Jon's unique and inimitable style...
Posted on 28 Dec 2016
Sixth Blog from on board Perie Banou II
Five days behind me is the Isle de La Reunion. Obviously French. Very French. Got a live volcano. 8000ft high. Five days behind me is the Isle de La Reunion. Obviously French. Very French. Got a live volcano. 8000ft high. (Americans understand feet and inches). There are mountains, awe-inspiring ravines, and valleys. Scenic. Very scenic. No one speaks English much. Just French. Bring a dictionary. The principal harbour is in the industrial area. - Like the rest of the world - not all of it is now used.
Posted on 19 Dec 2016