Much better Bay Alliance sounds security alarm for boating safety
by Barby MacGowan 13 Sep 18: 23 UTC
Both fatal and near-fatal boating accidents on Narragansett Bay have prompted local boating enthusiasts to sound the alarm for boating safety.
The non-profit organization Better Bay Alliance was formed in January 2020 after racing sailor Sandra G. Tartaglino, while helming a catamaran in the New England 100 Regatta, was struck by a powerboat and killed. More recently, in August of this year, a 30-foot sailboat competing in the particular Aloha Cup was hit from behind by the larger powerboat and the sailboat’s skipper and three crew narrowly escaped serious injury if not death itself.
“In the time span between these two incidents, there have been an increasing amount of boating accidents on the Bay, ” said Better Bay Alliance’s Co-Founder Steve Prime, himself a powerboat owner and the sailor. “It is not that one group or another needs to be educated but that we all need to take a step back and think about how we share the Bay with each other. “
Prime says the first – and easiest – step forward is rethinking your day on the particular water.
“Someone, along with the captain or skipper, should always be on watch to help assess the speed and path of approaching and nearby vessels. We can all be caught off guard, but the particular point is to make a concerted effort to avoid having to make a last-minute decision or, worse, be too late to avert disaster. As well, just as the distracted driver on the road can cause an accident, so too can a distracted driver on the particular water, and it goes without saying that driving while impaired in any way can be deadly. “
Tangible resources for boating enthusiasts
Better Bay Alliance is working on a LIVE CHART initiative for roll-out next season. It proposes to graphically illustrate all on-the-Bay events, with their dates, times and locations; however, until then, a good one-page schedule of events – including those with regard to sailing vessels, power boats, kayaks, and SUPs — will continue to be distributed throughout the local boating community.
“We need event organizers to work with us in order to be included and sailing enthusiasts to plug in plus use/share this resource and have a voice with us, ” said Prime.
The Better Bay Alliance website shares links for local/online boating safety training through organizations such as Confident Captain, USCG Auxiliary, U. S. Power Squadron, US Sailing, In-Command plus Freedom Boat Club.
“Those born on or after January 1, 1986, are required to have an operators’ license to drive a boat, ” said Prime. “That’s the good news, but the sad news will be that a large percentage of the 24, 000 boats registered in Rhode Island may have operators who have not taken the basic boating course and don’t know the rules associated with the road. Where do they start? “
According to Prime, they start with the Better Bay Alliance website, which includes free online training material upon Rules of the Road, safety topics, aids to navigation and other community knowledge topics, as well as NOAA Weather Forecasts, free quizzes for testing safety at sea knowledge, and summaries of the latest local Notices to Mariners.
“It is one-stop shopping for knowing boating and boating security, ” said Prime, adding that advanced versions of the LIVE CHART will include AIS, tidal and other boater/user traffic data.
Newport International Boat Show Charity associated with Choice
Because of the Much better Bay Alliance’s worthy mission, Newport Exhibition Group (NEG) has chosen the business to be the Charitable Partner regarding the 51st Annual Newport International Boat Show presented by BankNewport.
In addition to receiving a $1000 donation from NEG, Better Bay Alliance has been given complimentary exhibit space at the Show, scheduled for September 15 through 18, 2022 at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, Rhode Island.
Visit the particular Better Bay Alliance team at Tent G 29 for an events calendar and personalized boating protection resource assistance.