Ha Ha! Yeah, a lot of landlubbers are like that and I would say quite a few of the sanctimonious CF arm chair members are similar. Far too much talk about post-event safety
(ie. calling the nanny authorities for help rather than prevention) and not enough talk about the planning during prevention and the adrenalin, fun and excitement during self-rescue.
I saved a bloke´s life a few weeks ago in the Marquesas
and, to tell you the truth, it was a buzz! I am sure the SAR people go thru the same sensation. The major lesson for me was that the pistol grip on the chin, which I had been taught so many times over the years, was useless. In a pool it works fine to drag a drowning victim across to the edge, but in the real world, with a little 30 cm chop across the water
, it did not maintain his head
high enough. The chest grip (ie. my right arm under his right armpit and grabbing his left tit) was better for the victim because his head was higher and the chop did not enter his mouth. However it did require more effort from me for us both to stay afloat.
But let´s look at the stats according to Beth and Evans at this link:
So....offshore sailing is slightly more dangerous than golf but safer than riding a bike. I would be interested to see where coastal sailing fits in. My intuition, not stats, tells me that it would be more dangerous than offshore
cruising but maybe someone has hard figures?
We sail without an EPIRB
, no liferaft
, no MOB
pole and the life jackets are buried in a locker far away. Each decision has its own basis and I won´t bore you with the details - it is a personal decision anyway. The SSB
has been out of action for 6 months and we couldn´t care less because we never used it anyway. All the methods of calling for help AFTER the **** has hit the fan annoy me. If we have problems, we will solve them and if we can´t, we will just die without bothering anyone else. I was probably brain washed by my old man when cruising as a kid in the 80s. Bastard! Ha Ha! Thanks, Dad!
When I have occasionally played golf, I don´t use a helmet (oooohh, what a risk-taker!), but obviously that is the logical piece of safety equipment
to prevent death and injury on the golf course. The risk while sailing is about the same according to the stats presented by Beth and Evans.
Dirt dwellers risk their lives on the highways everyday. Those from the USA risk a death from a gunshot so much more than the rest of the world. For prevention (far more important than the EPIRB/911 scream for help), they should be wearing not only a seatbelt, but also a bullet proof vest. But do they? Oooohh, what risk-takers are those who don´t! And yet there are many from all over the world who use a harness when on deck
in FINE weather
? And concentrate their planning on post-accident wails for help from others? What logic am I missing? Is it all about emotions and human perception and not about logic and facts?
Another ironic personal fact is that the only time I ever came under fire during 40 000 miles and over 60 countries was from a crazy, drunken Vietnam
vet cruiser. WOW! Where was my Somalian mate at the time to assist me?
I have rambled a lot but I guess the point is: before some CF members decry the ignorance of the dirt dwellers too much, they should look more closely at their own paranoia and their own focus on safety. Dirt dwellers are quite understandably ignorant of the sea, but are you aware of the stats and the difference between pre- and post-accident safety devices?
The difference between the devices and tools which are for:
b) self-rescue, and
c) calling in the the baby sitters?
I will put up another video shortly which shows our own fun and games during a recent leg from the Galapagos
to the Marquesas
.... just for entertainment.