Nope. No tether. Definitely will start. I'm generally pretty steady on my feet, but the stern sort sloshed to port as it jibed -- just as I was screwing around with the starboard winch... It was just a weird sail all the way around. I'm never nervous on the boat, but I was this time. Just felt like I was clutzy... cut my finger, nearly went OB... A weird, wild two-hour ride...