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Re: Interesting Sailboats

Originally Posted by Edward3 View Post
I know it was a long time ago but, on the last video of Steinlager 2 - the helmsman was tethered to the lifelines with his harness. Need to find a lot better anchor point in those conditions.
Amazing they were even wearing inflatable life jackets along with tethers.
I noticed that too, but then realized that they were in the midst of a helmsman change. The helmsman coming off the wheel was temporarily clipped to the lifeline while the new helmsman clipped in to a fixed pad-eye. You'll notice a bit later that the old helmsman clips in somewhere on the deck behind the wheel, as the new helmsman is driving.

It occurred to me that these guys are professionals and probably wouldn't take big risks in those conditions. The short amount of time spent clipped to the lifeline was no doubt deemed acceptable risk to enable the new driver to get clipped in to the fixed point, since he doesn't have the relative safety of holding on to the wheel.

My 2 cents.

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