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First edition cover of Behind the Scenes cruising lifestyle newsletter from CruiserTV

CruiserTV has published its first newsletter about cruisers and the cruising lifestyle. This June/July 2016 issue of Behind the Scenes includes the April 2016 Ensenada Race MOB rescue story, as told by the crew of Foil who saved their shipmate’s life with the dan buoy.

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CruiserTV Behind the Scenes Newsletter was last modified: June 14th, 2016 by Philip Thompson

What Is Helicopter Rescue Like?

Watch this if you have wondered, what’s it like to be hoisted to safety by a US Coast Guard search and rescue team? This is a practice drill by professional rescue personnel using a reporter as their survivor.

MOB Is Hard to See

The film shows several perspectives looking down at the water from a USCG rescue helicopter. Note how hard it is to see the MOB. And these rescuers knew where to look for him. Our dan buoy would have made easier the job of finding him.

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What Is Helicopter Rescue Like? was last modified: June 18th, 2016 by Philip Thompson

MOB Saved in 2016 N2E

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MOB perspective from water; photo © 2016 Longpre Photos

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.

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MOB Saved in 2016 N2E was last modified: June 18th, 2016 by Philip Thompson
Reported by Scuttlebutt 2015-06-29

After racing thousands of offshore miles and likely more than a thousand races on the Columbia River, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, Bora Bora and in Puget Sound over 30+ years, I fell off a boat for the first time. Why? How? Who cares? Here are the lessons I learned:

  • It happens in an instant no matter how experienced you are.
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MOB On Columbia River – Lessons Learned was last modified: June 29th, 2015 by Philip Thompson