Originally Posted by requiem
Ok, I'll bite.
What I liked:
- There was a nice clear chorus of "man overboard" to make sure everyone was aware of the issue.
- There was clearly someone in charge; no competing or contradictory commands.
- The spotting was reasonable. From what I could see, the first spotter by the shrouds acted until a spotter at the stern could take over.
- The skipper also made sure a distress call was made over the radio.
What could be improved:
- Throwing flotation to litter the water is one of the "textbook" steps but wasn't done; a person's head in the water is easily lost. Question: of the items you have handy to throw (life-ring, cockpit cushions), how many are hi-vis or have retroreflective patches on them?
- They manually hauled the person aboard instead of fixing a line to them. I don't think that affected the speed much, but quickly getting a line on someone would prevent the risk of having to make a second pass, or of running them down. (I.e. pull the person to the boat rather than try to place the boat right next to them.)
- I'd prefer that someone at the stern or cockpit act as spotter from the start; someone forward may get blanketed by the sails or otherwise distracted.
What's ambiguous: I believe the RYA may teach "drop sails and motor" as the default recovery method. I also couldn't tell if they started the motor
before dropping the sails. My preference, if conditions permit
, would be to attempt a quick stop whilst preparing for motoring.
Thanks for your insight.
I agree with most of what you point out.
Again this is not to critique this particular crew but to use the video for education on how we can be better sailors.
I would definitely ask why no ring was thrown to the MOB.
I am not sure what they teach in Ireland
for MOB, but What I teach is the figure 8 or triangle method.
Once mastered ( a few practice is enough ) it enables you to turn the boat around very fast and come back to the victim in less then a minute.
My students can achieve this performance after 2 or 3 tries.
Getting back near the victim fast is key. In less than a minute the victim is still mobil.
You then throw a catch line and tow the victim where you want to haul her out of the water.
In this case i would have used the transom.
Also the Triangle method brings back the boat near the victim and allows you to heave to.
A boat hove to will be much more stable than a boat without any sail up. Specially in strong winds. I saw 28 kts.
What I liked. No panic
Every body was doing something useful.
They got the victim back
The victim was brought down below to get warm.
What could have been better
Getting back near the victim is my main objection here.
Took way too long. This would have been much harder at night.
The boat was windward to the MOB.
This could result in the boat hitting the victim after a wave lift
Victim should have bee to windward.
What I did not like
Too many crew on board. They where stepping over each other.
Lots of loose lines on deck
. That is what cause the MOB in the first place.
Lowering the jib
...what happened there. This could have been disastrous if the engine was engaged. Sheet or else could foul the propeller
Has they were getting back to the victim, no planning was made to actually haul out
the MOB. They relied on power of the numbers. The time to get back to the victim should have been used to prep for recovery.
Anybody know the Triangle method?