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Dr. Steve Rakkar M.D.

Dr. Steve Rakkar M.D.

Steve Rakkar has the following qualifications:

Medical:

  • Graduate of University of London UK
  • 35 years of experience in family practice, urgent care, emergency medicine and anesthesiology.
  • Has practiced in the UK, USA, and Australia
  • Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners England.
  • Board Certified Family Practice USA.

Sailing:

  • 25 years of chartering in the USA, Caribbean and Europe.
  • Crossed the Pacific from Hawaii to San Francisco, crew on sailboat.
  • Captained 40ft. sailboat from San Diego to Acapulco, Galapagos, Panama Canal, Colombia, Guatemala, Belize, Texas.  About 10,000 ocean miles experience.
  • American Sailing Association instructor: Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering, Coastal Navigation.
  • Lecturer in Medical Emergencies, Cruisers University Annapolis

Personal:

  • Married to Jane Rakkar R.N. since 1982. She has sailed with Dr. Rakkar and assists with the seminars.
  • Four children: All sail!
  • Has lived and worked in UK, USA, and Australia.
  • Resident of Plano, Texas.

My Story & Inspiration

A few years ago I was a student as crew on a trip from Hawaii to San Francisco. I was on the sailing yacht Alaska Eagle. We spent a lot of time discussing problems at sea and I was the only doctor on board. One of the crew members told me an interesting story. They had been on a voyage in French Polynesia and it was about a 10 day passage. The age of the crew varied from 30s to 70s. After setting a few days later one of the crew members developed abdominal discomfort. He was around 60 years old. It turned out that he had an enlarged prostate and he had obstruction of urine flow from his prostate issues. Each hour his abdominal discomfort got worse, his bladder got bigger, until he was in agony about 6 hrs later. He obviously had a very enlarged bladder and it was turning into a medical emergency as he was writhing around in agony.

The boat had to eventually change direction and go to the closest medical facility. When they arrived there a medical professional had to catheterize him and relieve the intense discomfort he was in. It was instant relief, of course. The diversion cost everybody a lot of time, ruined the trip, and the crews’ flights were missed. You can imagine the mess and the cost.

All the crew needed was a medical course, some basic training, and a medical kit which was well thought out. This is one of the reasons I was inspired to hold a weekend course on medical basics. Also, I think it is essential to have the proper medical supplies on board. The commercially available “medical kits” are not up to the task. A crew member could have catheterized the crew member. Many patients are catheterized by their spouses, and some even practice self catheterization.

Even a lay person may be called upon to do some medical work when there is no alternative. Sailors and wilderness travelers should seriously consider taking courses/seminars.

2020 Atlantic Voyage

Atlantic Crossing

Galveston to Europe 2020

Steve Rakkar M.D. is captaining an Atlantic crossing from Galveston to England in Nov 2020. It is on board a 1988 Valiant 40 ft. cutter rigged yacht, ALMA. New equipment has been installed over the last 4-5 years. This includes radar, SSB, AIS, GPS, solar, wind generator, new standing and running rigging, new 40hp Volvo diesel engine, electric head, electric refrigeration, Iridium satellite radio, Monitor windvane, Simrad autopilot, and other miscellaneous items. Below are some pictures from the San Diego/Galapagos crossing. Dr. Rakkar will upload further pictures of ALMA after she has had some finishing touches.

Crew is invited to register for each leg of the crossing.

The intended route is:

Galveston, Dry Tortugas, Bahamas, Bermuda, Azores, and final destination of either Ireland, Southampton or Portugal.

We may need 1-2 crew for each leg. Crew may register for more than one leg. Please contact us through the “About Us/Contacts”. It will be a maximum of 4 people on each leg including Steve Rakkar M.D. The intended date of starting the journey is mid Nov 2020 and we anticipate completion in July or August 2020. The exact dates will become clearer as we get nearer the time of departure. Please note the trip is subject to change.

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The route is an approximation and subject to change.

Check out a video of Dr. Rakkar and crew (Jane Rakkar, Catherine Rakkar [daughter], Captain Paul Hubble [in blue] and friend Geoffrey Alexander [in red] who made the video of the Canal crossing). ALMA transited the Panama Canal in March 2015…

2 Day Sailing Medical Seminar

Dr. Steve Rakkar M.D. offers a hands-on approach to learn practical medical procedures sailors can perform off shore.

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