Back in July, skipper Nick Barran of the California Yacht Club was part of a most unusual circumstance when his boat XL, a 40-foot Joubert-Jivelt was rammed by a sperm whale off the coast of Hawaii.

The boat was holed by what seemed to be an intentional act of aggression from the leviathan and after a desperate attempt to make a stop-gap repair Barran and crew were forced to give up and evacuate the boat.

In the ensuing moments Barran couldn’t know for sure what his fate would be. While he was optimistic about his and his crew’s chances of survival, the reality was that he was now floating aimlessly in the current of the Pacific Ocean in an inflatable raft, praying for rescue.

Eleven hours later XL’s crew was rescued by an 85-foot fishing vessel and were out of harm’s way. It was a significant day in Barran’s life, to be sure, and it was then that he decided to dedicate himself more publicly to the issue of safety at sea.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4th, Barran will discuss the lessons learned from that fateful day and pass on important safety-related information that all boaters can utilize, as part of the Third Annual Sailing and Safety Seminar, co-sponsored by the Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs, at the California Yacht Club.

These award-winning seminar programs provide information about topics such as required safety equipment, MOB (“man overboard”) return methods and first aid, as well as a round table with the local rescuing agencies — County Lifeguards, the Sheriff’s Department and harbormaster, and the Coast Guard.

The seminar is free and open to the public and there will be complimentary refreshments.

California Yacht Club is at 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey.