so sad to hear this news of a sailor dying doing what we all love...and condolences to his family and friends
and yes I hope this does not end up being a blame session...many sports have danger attached to them, that's why people do it...but we must make sure safety is No1 priority
ive been assisting the new 18 skiff fleet in Adelaide and that is our biggest issue...making sure guys are safe...if it means not going sailing in certain conditions, well so be it...and after ready many many comments here about the latest 18 sailors being "soft" for calling races off in bad weather, this is exactly why races are abandoned sometimes...safety has to be priority...not this bullshit ego driven crap about "back in my day we sailed in 50knts"
in Adelaide we are implementing knives on everyones harness, and we will investigate the need for air canisters...at the same time, the last thing we want to do is scare the sailors...nothing worse than being worried something bad will happen, cause that's when it usually does go bad...very fine line between confidence to sail these awesome machines and over confidence
we are also thinking of implementing a personal licensing scheme, so that guys can gradually gain experience and upgrade licences as they do more hours, and without the correct experience they will not be allowed to sail in certain breeze condition...much like a CAMS style licence for race cars
stay safe out there fellow skiffies
Sad news and condolences to his family and friends.
The class went for over 100 years without a death and now we have a second death in the OD18.
As for your comments on sailing in 50 knots the class allowed it, the spectators loved it yet the truth is many people did not put to sea on windy days, i only put shit on the top guys for not sailing and never questioned why some from the middle to back of the fleet did not sail.
This news archive states only 1 boat started in this race, they capsized, the photos show the boat almost sunk, i like the way the ferry is leaning into the breeze because of the spectators-
I dont think knives,spare air etc will work, by the time the other crew get to them it will be too late, dragging a body onto an upside down slippery hull to perform CPR will not be quick or easy.
The safest place to be is on trapeze at the end of the wing, you should jump clear while you still have a say in where you land, if it nosedives you will end up in front of the headsail without much warning.
I see people hanging onto the wing as the boat capsizes, that would make it easier to get your trap hook caught in the net, we could not do that with the wings that were hinged instead of fixed.
I think they should get rid of that net between the hull and the first step on the wing to make access easier if someone is under the wing.
Without the second sentence that would have been a great post. Grow up and leave the grudge match out of the safety discussion.