Hampton Roads - September Section Meeting - Capsize Survival

When:  Sep 17, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Hampton Roads Section
Join the Hampton Roads Section for a discussion of capsize survival techniques with award-winning yacht designer Dudley Dix. During a Cape to Rio race, the ultra-light displacement sailing monohull "Black Cat" capsized. In addition to designing the vessel, Dudley Dix served as a member of the crew. This presentation starts with a brief recount of that capsize, from which the vessel was able to recover and return to port. Following that experience and the articles he wrote about it, Mr. Dix was asked by the CEO of the National Sea Rescue Institute in South Africa to write an article about capsize. The article that resulted discusses the factors that affect the crew in attempting to escape from an overturned vessel, with the goal of educating readers and hopefully improving their chances of surviving a capsize. The article is applicable to sailboats and powerboats, both monohulls and multihulls. This presentation gives that same information in PowerPoint slide format.

Speaker Name & Bio

Dudley Dix - Dudley Dix Yacht Design

Dudley Dix is an award-winning yacht designer, educated by the Westlawn Institute of Technology. He has been designing professionally since 1980, when he gained his first design commission for a 35ft steel cruiser. He has designs from 8ft to 70ft and is currently working on a 72ft aluminum design for a New York client. In 1994/5 he designed and built the 38ft plywood ultra-light displacement monohull “Black Cat”, then raced it across the South Atlantic Ocean and back. He developed a unique radius chine building method for that boat, which has generated a constant stream of plywood design commissions since then, resulting in monohull and multihull sailboat designs from 15ft to 55ft using developments of that build method. He moved from Cape Town, South Africa, to Virginia Beach in 2004, where he continues to design and sell his designs, with the help of his wife, Dehlia. He currently sails two of his smaller designs, the prototype of the 13ft high performance Paper Jet trapeze skiff and a more sedate Argie 15 family day-sailor.

Registration Fees
$15 - Student
$20 - Member
$30 - Non-Member

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Hampton Yacht Club
4707 Victoria Blvd
Hampton, VA 23669

Pricing Information

Registration Price
Students $15.00
Member $20.00
Non-member $30.00


T.J. Brackin
(757) 527-3354