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.
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, Gordon Leon, told crew to throw the dan buoy to Val.
USCG Auxiliary Directive to local vessel examiners on Sirius Signal C-1001 visual distress signal.
…Vessel Examiners should be aware of the capabilities and approvals of the SIRIUS SOS C-1001 electronic distress light…(continues)
In this article, we compare MOB recovery gear. Devices vary in ease of use and suitability for a particular rescue. Having the right gear improves odds of rescue. Practice helps too!
A soft device, rather than a swimstep or rigid boarding ladder, reduces chance of injury when the boat rolls.Continue reading