Last week I taught a session at the Junior Safety
at Sea Seminar run by the Storm Trysail Club at Larchmont Yacht Club. 200 juniors came for a morning of classroom sessions and an afternoon of on-the-water practice on 20 different boats ranging from J/105s to 40-footers. I taught the session on the Quick Stop Man Overboard
Recovery and the biggest take away is that crews need to practice this maneuver frequently on their own boats. Even though racing
requires tacking and jibing, most good crews have to do some warm up tacks, jibes, sets and douses at the beginning of each race
day to warm up and make these moves automatic. The same goes for crew overboard
practices. The more we do them, the more automatic they will become. I had been sailing for 50 years before I was on a boat that had an actual man overboard and I am glad it happened on a boat that had practiced. The water
was cold that April. Remember, the life that gets saved may be your own.