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Re: MOB death Clipper Race
I've been following with interest the varying views about tethering or not - nothing new on this board, we've had these discussions many times before.
The helmsman was very clever to find an MOB dead or alive in one hour in a blow in open ocean at night - kudos to him.
The skipper was not very clever allowing untethered crew to work on deck in those conditions - where I live the inquest would probably result in him being charged with involuntary manslaughter.
I recall many years ago, the great Eric Taberly lost a man over the side at night in a blow (Whitbread RTW in the 70's if I recall). Their MOB drill consisted of a short prayer, an entry in the ship's log and back to the business of racing. The rationale was simple - in the unlikely event we find him, he's going to be dead, turning the boat around in these conditions endangers all others on board with no possibility of a positive outcome.
For those who think ocean racing is not safer today, reflect on that.
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