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In racing, you are allowed outside of the lifelines only long enough to perform a task. Hiking outside on boats equipped with single lifelines is prohibited, on boats with double lifelines, the upper torso is allowed outside of the lifelines.
So, to answer the question- When I ran aground in the West River during a race, I backed the sails and pivoted the boat around to reverse direction, then I put all of the crew on the low side. When this failed, a crew member hung out on the end of the boom, and the keel became free and we sailed off. I hauled him in with the mainsheet and we resumed the race.
He was only outside of the lifelines "long enough to perform the task".
Source: RRS 49.2
S/V Old Shoes
1973 Pearson 30 #255
Last edited by Ajax_MD; 01-18-2012 at 01:14 PM.
Reason: Added source