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  1. Rescue off Nova Scotia https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/rescue-4-crew-sailboat-off-halifax-1.4949986
  2. All Those who seem concerned about the single point it is a bit irrelevant, there are other options. A single point hook like a hendrison (sp?) from Norway, is a very common, well engineered option and used worldwide. A lot of experienced companies use them. The hook connection wasn’t the issue here.
  3. Everyone is a likely expert, even me who has done hundreds of these launches and recoveries. And I’ve seen this video on professional maritime sites prior. ( not that SA isn’t professional) The (my) main concerns are The distance from the mother ship when they started to hoist. Frc should be right alongside . Something I use to teach frc coxswains was to try to push the mother vessel away with the frc. Keep parallel. This locks the frc against the hull. As once the hoist starts it’s retrieval the frc is going to be alongside mothership hull, best to start there instead of swing and crash in there. Painter, had the coxswain slowed the frc and allowed some tension on the painter a lot of the snap and jerking of the boat would have been reduced. Once the painter is connected frc can actually shut off it engine and just be towed. ( with frc on painter it should tow just under David hoist wire). Too many coxswain seem to think they need to drive once on painter and it gets them in trouble. mothership speed, unless there is a reason to maintain speed ??? slow down, ideally vessel speeds should be 3-4 knots, or as low as possible but just enough to allow steerage. Frc’s are directionally challenged. In the (in)famous words of the offshore coxswain instructor who taught me a few decades ago. If you are going to fuck it up, fuck it up slow!