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This newsletter includes:

• Looking into the Past: Photographs from the June 2018 Dinner Cruise
• LIVE FROM QUETZAL: The John Kretschmer Seamanship Series
• Registration for the FLMC’s 31ST Marine Seminar: NOW OPEN - Cancelled as a result of COVID-19 concerns
• News Article: How can the yachting industry prevent the spread of COVID-19?
• Calendar of Upcoming Events
• The Last Word
• FLMC Information

FLMC’s JUNE 4, 2020 “Virtual Luncheon”

LOCATION: Virtually on your computer

DATE: June 4, 2020


SPEAKER: Bill Daley, P.E. is a Senior Marine and Mechanical Engineer at CED Technologies and has over 24 years of a distinguished background in such areas as safety operations, operation of mechanical devices and recreational boating and marine operations. A former US Navy commander, Mr. Daley holds a B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy and a M.S. degree from the Naval Postgraduate School.

TOPIC: CED’s work with the USCG. More specifically, about a project in which CED remotely controlled a 19ft boat to run tests for the USCG.


Photographs from the June 2018 Dinner Cruise


LIVE FROM QUETZAL: The John Kretschmer Seamanship Series

Last February, John Kretschmer made an excellent presentation at our luncheon at the Lauderdale Yacht Club. As many of you already know, John is a renowned sailing author and offers ocean crossing sail-training experiences aboard the vessel “Quetzal”. Right now John and his wife Tadji are hunkered down in the US Virgin Islands but soon hope to make the 1250 mile passage to the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland. When they get back John will be offering the webinars listed below live from their vessel. If you would like to participate please send an email to John and Tadji at [email protected] There is a fee which is listed below. Further information is available on their website Tadji wrote that the webinars will air live at 8:00 p.m. EDT on the dates listed below.

Your FLMC officers are trying to find on-line and virtual activities for you to participate in, please write to us if you have any suggestions.

LIVE FROM QUETZAL: The John Kretschmer Seamanship Series

They will be live, obviously, shot right here in Quetzal’s main saloon. They will be informative and entertaining with complete interaction with Tadji and I, and include photos, videos, slides and as always, lots of stories to emphasize the insights.There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. You will really get to know Quetzal during these webinars as we explain the many upgrades and gear changes over the years.

JUNE 2, 2020

Essential Gear for safe and efficient offshore sailing. From wind vane steering, to how to mount the whisker pole, to rigging lee cloths and fresh produce hammocks, to what spare parts are critical, we will cover a wide range of topics. This is as much about what you don’t need as it is about what you do need.

JUNE 4, 2020

How to plan and execute an offshore passage. We will discuss pre-passage planning, watch keeping, daily routines, provisioning and cooking underway, navigational decision making, and the ethos of seamanship that permeates every passage. We will also talk about maintaining a positive attitude, having fun underway and coping with a crisis.

JUNE 25, 2020

Safety = Seamanship. Crew safety is the foremost element of every passage, and we have fresh thoughts and techniques that cut to the core of this vital topic. From instant heave-to MOB strategies, to abandon ship processes, to brutally honest insights on tethers and jacklines, to new advancements in safety gear. We look at how good seamanship is the primary element of staying safe offshore.

JUNE 27, 2020

How to handle modern yachts in heavy weather conditions. This is a subject I know probably too well, having been lucky enough to have weathered many gales. We will discuss heaving-to, fore reaching, running off and use of drogues and sea anchors. We will talk about how to fit out and prepare for storm sailing and also include strategies for multihulls.

Each Webinar is $50, and if you sign up for all four, the price is $175.

The information is provided on the website or to register, please send an email to [email protected]

How can the yachting industry prevent the spread of COVID-19? 

Posted 5/11/20 by Chef Kevin Towns

During this challenging and uncertain time, we are all looking for a “safe harbor.” In the yachting industry, we all know that safety is a high priority given the training requirements needed to be a part of this global industry. Receiving certifications such as the STCW and the Seafarer Medical Certificate ENG 1 are standard protocols.

With that in mind, we must turn our attention to a new nemesis, COVID-19, the coronavirus disease 2019. As we get ready for the beginning of the summer yachting season and beyond, it is imperative that we educate ourselves on this potentially dangerous virus as it relates to ourselves and our guests aboard our respective vessels. This starts by knowing the facts and information related to the virus; assessing the validity of the information; and
ultimately, creating and implementing a plan of action that keeps crew and guests alike safe and informed.

The basics
As a starter, what is COVID-19? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and World Economic Forum, the virus is defined this way: A novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses (CoV) are members of a large family of viruses that are transmitted between animals and people and cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV) and severe acute respiratory syndrome

How does coronavirus spread? According to experts, the virus that is responsible for COVID-19 is primarily transmitted through respiratory droplets generated when an infected individual coughs, sneezes or speaks. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air. They quickly fall to the ground or on surfaces.

A person can be infected by breathing in the virus if they are within 1m of a person who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.

The virus is believed (but not substantiated) to spread mainly from person-to-person by individuals who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Some recent studies have suggested (but not proven) that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Who is most at risk for the coronavirus disease?

For most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low, according to the CDC. Older adults and people of any age with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, lung disease or heart disease are at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

Thorough personal hygiene and hand washing are critical parts of preventing the spread of COVID-19 as well as the proliferation of other pathogens, according to the SafeStaff Food Handler Certificate Program. When hands are not washed thoroughly with soap and hot water, the risk of contamination increases dramatically. Hand sanitizer should only be used as a secondary precaution if soap and water are not readily available. If necessary, use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow. Clean and sanitize common areas and surfaces frequently touched by people and foreign objects. And last but not least, stay home with an illness of any kind.

Now that we have a better understanding of what we are dealing with, let’s look at an effective plan of action that includes preventative measures.

Crew Accountability
Poor personal hygiene is one of the primary causes of the spread of infectious diseases, according to the CDC. Good personal hygiene includes clean uniforms, avoiding touching one’s hair, nose and mouth, maintaining one’s health by eating nutrient-rich meals, and getting proper rest. Crew should avoid smoking on board. In addition, they should eat meals in appropriate designated areas, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid sharing cups and water bottles.

It is imperative that all crew members pay close attention to their health and report any illness or any symptoms of illness to the captain immediately. Any crew member diagnosed with an illness for any reason should be excluded from work and should not return to the yacht until he or
she has been cleared to do so by a medical doctor, the captain or whomever serves as the medical officer onboard.

Also all crew members should adhere to CDC recommendations (i.e. the covering of their face with a mask) as it relates to their movement away from the vessel.

Cleaning and Sanitizing of the Vessel
The proper cleaning and sanitizing of the boat and its interior on a regular schedule goes a long way in halting the spread of the virus. This area of the job will now require more vigilance than ever. According to the CDC, current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection that should remain on the surface for a minimum 30 seconds as best practice measure for the prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in work environments and community settings.

Yacht crews have the responsibility of monitoring all steps in the application of cleaning and sanitizing products with the goal of providing thorough protection for guests from the threat of the virus.

This may be the most challenging aspect of this new reality, given the nature of overall guest experience and expectation. But it can be done. (See these links to the CDC’s and WHO’s recommendation for products that kill and protect against coronavirus.)

Whether you are the owner, captain or a crew member on the vessel, we are all in this together. We all still have a lot more to learn about this new adversary. But with the right training, reliable information and the means to apply it on our vessels, we can use preventative measures that can minimize our exposure to the risk of contamination of this new uninvited guest.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

• May 7, 2020- American Institute of Marine Underwriters & Ft. Lauderdale Mariner Club Training on Yacht Insurance Fundamentals: Underwriting & Claims
• June 4, 2020- FLMC “Virtual” Luncheon
• July 2, 2020- FLMC “Virtual” Luncheon
• FLMC Dinner Cruise- Cancelled as a result of COVID-19 concerns
• FLMC Getaway Trip at LaPlaya Beach Resort, Naples, FL- Cancelled as a result of COVID-19 concerns
• FLMC MARINERS 31ST MARINE SEMINAR - October 26 - 27, 2020 at the Westin Beach Resort and Convention Center -Cancelled as a result of COVID-19 concerns
• December 5, 2020- Holiday Party at Westin Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort - Cancelled as a result of COVID-19 concerns


FLMC is seeking volunteers to become a member of the Seminar Committee. Please have all inquiries sent to Michelle Otero Valdés at [email protected].

If you have any events, news, or photos to include in the monthly newsletters,
please reach out to 
Raúl J. Chacón Jr., 2019 Yeoman at [email protected].

Officers for 2020
Skipper: Hector Ramirez
First Mate: Tom Nolan
Purser: Raúl J. Chacón Jr.
Yeoman: Jonathan Hernandez
Program Chair: Tyler Tanner
Bos’n: Evan Andronis
Seminar Chair: Michelle Otero-Valdes
Activities Chair: Janice D’Ovidio and Co-chair: Roy Scott
Historian: George Florez
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Boys & Girls Club of Broward County
Marine Industries Association of South Florida
MIASF Plywood Regatta
Seafarer’s House Fort Lauderdale
Shake-A-Leg Miami
Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association
Young Professionals in Yachting – Spin-a-thon