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Isn't this sport, all in all, really pretty safe in terms of hours put in vs. fatalities (compared to sports like rock climbing, mountain climbing, skiing, etc.)?
As in all things in life, equip, expect and plan for the worst, hope for the best.

Relaying the facts of a actual incident isn't fear mongering, constantly telling people they are going to die if they leave port on a friday with banannas on board is

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Well now if we're going to get superstitious

Well now if we're going to get superstitious you can leave port on Friday with a load of bananas as long as you have a topless woman on the bow to calm the waters

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For the sailing that most of us do i.e. coastal or lake, I think it is pretty safe.

Basically if you stay on the boat you are likely to be just fine. I have been sailing actively on Lake Huron since the mid 70s. While it is certainly not the ocean I think my experience is typical. I can think of three fatalities in that time and they all involved someone falling off their boat.

I am starting to take safety harness etc. a lot more seriously, of course I am getting older (maybe already there?) and sail with my adult son and daughter and their numerous friends who I am of course responsible for.

The hazard that I wonder at the most, but am amazed at how seldom a sailor is seriously hurt, is lightning. I cannot count the times we have been in a race with lightning all around us and no boats got it. It does happen, but a lot less frequently that I would expect.

Some thing about a 50 foot aluminum pole rising up from a very flat surface ??
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Oh really?

I don't know how old he was but unless he was over 70 or so, I would like 20 to 40 more years of life.


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Depends on who your sailing with!! If you go out with me, be afraid,,be very afraid!! I still need to post my "BFS" story

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no doubt there's a lot of unanswerable "buts" and "what if's" in sailing and a number of other activities. As a culture, we've become pretty risk averse. The real difference seems to be when one starts sailing/skiing/hockey/cycling/etc... Anecdotally, I'd say the younger you start, the more you're aware of real risks vs. statistical anomalies that are 'threat elevated' into defacto norms by adult learners.
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Urban legend or fact, I'm not quite sure...

But, it is said that many of the victims of drownings are males found with their flys open.....moral .....don't get drunk and pee over the side....;-)

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I have found the stupid stuff gets you like slipping at the dock OR falling at the mooring from a big boat wake

People in general seem to have a LOT of reasons NOT to use PFDs ?

Most of the other stuff like storms you new pretty well in advance that there was something on the way and took the risk

For example in the last few years of Wed Night racing there was a high instance of thunderstorm activity and we chose to go out BUT you would pretty much NOT sail LI Sound as there is a chance 6 days a week

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I had a lengthy reply to this all typed up, but I just deleted it.

Some things are just better left unsaid.

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