Unless it’s practice, you will not get to pick the best possible time and place to end up as an MOB. If you had that opportunity, you might prefer to go overboard during a late summer beercan race in southern California, in the protected waters of Newport Harbor.
You might arrange it so there is a jib sheet ready to grab as you fall over the side, and, if possible, keep most of your hair dry, and not lose your sunglasses. Oh, yeah, and daylight; going overboard in daylight would be a lot better than going over at night. If you could stay within passing distance of a sandwich or a beer at all times, that would be good.
We first read about the night time MOB recovery in the 2016 N2E Race on SoCal Sailing News. H/T to Steve Washburn for running the story. We hope it motivates more people to train and prepare for emergency.
SoCal Sailing News was last modified: June 16th, 2016 by Philip Thompson
In the 2016 Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race (#N2E), Foil, a Farr 40, sailed fast through the dark and windy night. Under spinnaker, she was making about 12 knots in winds gusting to 20 knots. Out by the Coronado Islands, the boat rounded down; helmsman Val G. went overboard. He broke his clavicle (collarbone) on the way. Foil owner, GordonLeon, told crew to throw the dan buoy to Val.