Step up into your life raft

Merry Monday, Mariners!

This week I want to look at a few documentaries that outline the joys of sailing, as well as safety issues.

Have you ever heard the phrase “You should step up into your life raft?” Do you know why that was determined? An ill fated yacht race in the late 70’s was hit by a freak storm and the different decisions made by each crew gave us a real life experiment in the best practices to survive. Many of the ocean racing (and cruising) regulations that we have now came from that one incident.

You can watch details about the 1979 Fastnet race, and the aftermath of it, in this documentary. So tether into your couch and be prepared to be shocked – if only they knew then what we know now!

Keep safe, keep learning

Tanya Weimer