LETTERS Chuck — We're not at all surprised to hear kind comments about the Isaacsons from you and other readers. — cw ⇑⇓ I JUST WANT TO SAIL. HOW DO I DO IT? I am a 29-year-old nurse and lover of the water currently living in Sacramento. I have college sailing experience at the University of Southern California, and I'm also part of a sailing co-op in the Bay Area, where I'm learning how to be a competent and useful crew member. I was so excited to come across your website and learn about the Baja Ha-Ha cruise. It's a dream of mine to sail from San Diego to Baja. Can you please let me know what I can do to join one of the boats in this year's rally, how much it would cost me, and if I need any certifications? Also, can you please let me know if there are any other sailing events in California that I can get involved in? Thank you! Tiffany Sanders Sacramento Tiffany —We have a few suggestions for you: 1. Sign up on our free online crew list. For the Baja Ha-Ha, use the 'Mexico-Only' Crew Form. You'll find it on our website at www.latitude38.com/crewlist/Crew.html. 2. Come to our Crew List Party on March 7 at Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco. $7 cash admission. See www. latitude38.com/crewlist/CrewParty/CrewParty.html. 3. Get involved in sailing near you. Hone your skills on small boats at Lake Washington Sailing Club: www.lwsailing.org 4. Go to Stockton Sailing Club or a B a y A re a yacht club to get involved in crewing on larger boats. Spring racing is starting up, and skippers are always While the Crew List Party only happens twice a year, looking for the Crew List itself is online 24/7. Wanna sail? The crew. Joining Crew List can help you. a race team is a great way to further hone your sailing skills and learn the fine points of being part of a crew. 5. Go to the Pacific Boat Show in Richmond on April 19-22. Pick up our April issue for the boat show planner insert, and also see www.pacificboatshow.com for details. 6. There are no certifications required to crew on a Ha-Ha boat, but local sailing schools offer excellent courses with certifications for anyone wanting to get a solid knowledge base and gain experience and confidence. Good luck and have fun! — cw ⇑⇓ CONTROL THE BLEEDING I very much enjoyed your February issue article Sea Lion Bite Survivor Saved by Sailor, as it illustrated how sailors are often first responders and therefore need to be prepared for all kinds of emergencies. The swimmer who was bitten by the sea lion was very lucky because, as the EMTs later explained, the bleeding caused by the bite created a potentially life-threatening situation. Few people realize that uncontrolled bleeding is the number-one cause of preventable death from trauma. It is Page 30 •
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The March 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.