Circumstances of experienced sailor's death remain a mystery
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Since: Jan 08
#2 May 28, 2010
Kind of a funny written article. It lists the recommendations from the CG and then it says Kirschbaum followed most of them, but still lost his life.
The issue of tethering calls for preplanning. Not only do you need to buy a harness, but you also have to rig jackstays in locations where they give you a safe advantage. There are lots of older sailor guys who will not likely make it between Catalina and the mainland without having to pee. Everybody just pees off the stern. Installing an eye bolt on each side so you can tether to it to guarantee you won't go overboard standing against the stern pulpit while holding on to a back stay (the usual arrangement) to pee is simple and smart.
I also ran jackstays up each side of the boat from the cockpit to the head stay for when I went forward to make sail changes. I had a 27ft. sailboat and sometimes sailed in weather where no one else was around,. Once, I had the chute up between Catalina and Clemente at 3 in the morning and the wind suddenly came on strong. I had to go forward to drop the chute, the boat rounded up and was knocked down in 6 - 8 ft. waves. Not real dangerous, but I was nervous although I was tethered to the boat.
Things can happen real fast out there. Unfortunately, many underestimate the issues in sailing back and forth to Catalina. I bet this guy would be grateful if his misfortune alerts others to the issues and prevents someone else from sharing the same terrible accident.
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