What is the issue?If a single hander goes overboard and clears the vessel, with or without a harness, they are effectively lost. Even if they are attached by a safety harness the self-steered vessel will continue to forge ahead exerting too much of a drag upon the solo sailor in the water to pull themselves back aboard.
Why address this?Every extra precaution a single hander can possibly implement to save their life in a dire circumstance is recommended.
How to address this?If the vessel is tiller steered, trail a ‘last chance line’ astern that is connected to the tiller via a block, mounted perpendicular to its outer end.
Image: Michael Harpur
Should this ‘last chance line’ be grabbed, the tiller can be effectively pulled right over by the line overwhelming the vessel's self-steering gear. This will force the vessel to slow and round up, providing the solo sailor in the water with a better chance of getting back aboard.
With thanks to:Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.
A view of the solo sailing experience
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