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Man Overboard Techniques and BVI Trip

"The lower the latitude, the better the attitude"

So . . . how was your charter in the BVI's?
(our Utah flotilla, out of Conch Charters, BVI's)

Simply Mahvelous!

Jay and Lisa get ready to snorkel into The Caves.  Supposed pirate hiding place where Robert Louis Stevenson received inspiration for Treasure Island.

Lesli keeps a look out for our Jeaneau 44, as we dinghy back from exploring around the Virgin Gorda Yacht Club.

Our only glitch. Unless you count our first evening, inadvertantly mooring next to Willy T's for the night. A blown impeller pump was quickly replaced by Polo, out of Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda.

Jay and Stephen picking up a mooring ball in prime real estate at The Baths.

Topping off our water tanks at The Bitter End Yacht Club.  On the extreme right, you can see the davits of a huge luxury yacht, with the home port of Park City, Utah, proudly displayed on it's transom. We all said "small world" at the same time.

After an enjoyable morning of snorkeling, we settled in for a tasty lunch at Foxy's Taboo. We are the awesome crew of Accrewed Interest. Left to right: Lesli, Stephen, Jay, Lisa, Todd and Louise at the camera.

More photos coming soon.

Observe these various techniques and decide (and practice with your crew) which techniques work the best for you, your boat, your crew and your conditions at the time of MOB.

MOB rescue during Pacific Ocean Race.
Without becoming too cynical, try to figure out the "why" of a sailing problem, challenge or question. My question would be, How did this MOB end up going overboard in the first place?  If he was out of the relative safety of the cockpit, working on the fore deck, why was he not tethered?
Great demo done by the book. Although a MOB situation can occur in any sea state, at any time of day, on any boat, it's not likely to occur in the ideal pastoral conditions shown here.

Animated demo of a figure 8. This is a good demonstration of how many of the sailing text books teach MOB recovery. Most all of our students can quickly tack back to a MOB object. In strong winds, a jibe could produce an accidental jibe because there is so much attention on the MOB object. Getting back to the MOB should be within the abilities of the crew, the boat and the conditions.

MOB Retrival using boom and mechanical advantage
Does anybody know how much a fully clothed, 210 pound, soaking wet MOB weighs? If you're not a super fit, able bodied crew member, you could do some damage to your back, shoulders, or who knows what, trying to muscle up a sack of potatoes that has gone in the drink. This is a great demo on how to use the mechanical advantage on a sailboat. Can you think of other clever ways to utilize the winches and pulleys on your vessel?

Solo MOB
I encourage all skippers to experiment with solo sailing rescue techniques. You will find out what works best for you, your boat and the conditions you sail in. My concerns for the information presented here are:
Not sure why the skipper did not use the boat's swim ladder to re-board. And if he had the unfortunate luck to fall off on the starboard side, he would have wished he had the foresight to place his webbing rescue ladder on the same side he fell off from. Although I do recommend carrying a folding knife while sailing, I take issue with his advice to cut himself loose from his tether, if there is difficulty climbing back on board. Did he realize this video is demonstrating a solo rescue, and by cutting his tether, he will be watching his boat sailing away without him? I think this skipper probably learned from his MOB experiment, that a sturdy pair of suspenders are about as important as really thinking through your solo MOB procedures before you commit to making a video.

MOB while flying a spinnaker
Nice job crew. Notice the throwable PFD that is immediately thrown towards the MOB, is not attached to the boat. Why do you suppose that is?

Use your "
Wake Trail" to recover MOB
Captain John embelishes his explanation a little too much, but the concept is simple. Get back as soon as you can, without complicating the procedure. Don't worry about a 60Ëš turn. Just turn right or left, until you find your wake. The KISS principle applies here.

Yet another
MOB situation. This time, oddly enough, happens in a race between the fastest car in the world and Team Oracle USA.

Bottom Line: Do not give this important life saving manuver "lip service" only. It's a two part process. Study all the ideas and concepts of MOB recovery. The next step is the most important. Practice MOB drills using a flotation device as a MOB victim. If you have able bodied crew volunteers, use them. Don't forget night time recoveries. Find out what MOB technique works best for you, your boat and the conditions that you sail in.

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