Safety Under Sail: Risk Management-Developing Policies and Identifying Gaps in Sail Training Operations

Risk Management-Developing Policies and Identifying Gaps in Sail Training Operations

Risk Management

In a time where vessel operations are directed by Federal and International Regulations, the move toward a more comprehensive culture of safety management compels us to develop within our own organizations comprehensive guidelines for how we operate.  Sail training programs often include activities beyond the scope of vessel operations but also require the same level of risk assessment and safety management. This session will feature small group discussion focused both on suggested topics as well as provide opportunity for audience members to discuss their own concerns and strategies for managing risk.

Presented by
Captain Rick Miller, Associate Professor of Marine Transportation, Maine Maritime Academy
Captain Jonathan Kabak, Director of Marine Operations, USMMA Sailing Foundation

Captain Rick Miller
Captain Rick Miller

Captain Richard (Rick) Miller is a Professor of Marine Transportation at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. His classes of instruction include Terrestrial Navigation (Coastal Piloting), Celestial Navigation, Seamanship, Meteorology, and Marine Weather Routing. Small sailing boats on Barnegat Bay New Jersey were the foundation for a career on the water. Rick earned his bachelor degree from Springfield College and a Master of Science in Education from Capella University. He has successfully blended his academic training as an educator with his passion for sailing for more than 30 years, sailing on a number of sail training vessels and with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. In 2008 he was master aboard Maine Maritime Academy’s schooner Bowdoin for a training expedition to the Arctic along the west coast of Greenland. Rick continues to be active as a mariner, most recently sailing seasonally as a master for Sea Education Association in both the Atlantic and Pacific.

Captain Jonathan Kabak
Captain Jonathan Kabak

A native of New York City, Captain Jonathan Kabak is the Director of Marine Operations for the USMMA Sailing Foundation where he coordinates vessel operations, maintenance and crewing.  After getting his start aboard Tall Ships as a young teenager, his diverse career in the Maritime Industry has included stints on Oceanographic Research Vessels, Workboats, High Performance Race Boats, and Academy Training Ships. He holds an Unrestricted STCW Ocean Master’s License and a 1600ton Ocean Masters License for Auxiliary Sail vessels.

When not underway, he works as a consultant, developing and delivering STCW and Maritime training curriculum and providing marine operations services. Jonathan is a member of Tall Ships Americas’ Board of Directors, serving as Chair of the Ship Operations and Safety Committee.  He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Jennifer, and their two children Olivia and Nathaniel.



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