Not second guessing the crew in the video. They successfully recovered the MOB in an actual MOB situation.
I am, however, promoting that MOB recovery be taught, and practiced, following the recommendation per John Rousmaniere's US/Sailing COB Recovery Rescue Symposium Report http://www.ussailing.org/wp-content/..._Symposium.pdf
I agree on the importance of MOB training, but I think the training should be specific and appropriate to the audience. That is to say, what you teach a boat full of young midshipman or a crew of experienced racers, might not be what you teach your significant other who usually shares the boat with you alone.
The core of the MOB subject is the recovery procedure itself, if the crew doesn't get back to the MOB on a guaranteed and quick basis, all the other details become somewhat moot, what side of the boat that you eventually pick the deceased up on ..who cares?
Note that the symposium study reviewed four different procedures and did not recommend anyone as right for all crews and circumstances.
When the audience is the less experienced sailing partner (for example, the still-learning wife), then I recommend focusing on the simplest MOB procedure you can identify. To me that is the procedure the symposium termed the Deep Beam Reach
, defined as "Bear off to just below a beam reach, and after 2 boat lengths tack and come back to the victim on a close reach."
I consider this procedure the simplest of the four outlined because:
1. the crew needs to make no decisions based on point-of-sail
2. no gybe is involved
3. only one sailing maneuver is required, a tack.
If the crew can find the broad reach point of sail, then the crew should be able to complete this maneuver successfully, sailing less than five boat lengths. And that solves the biggest part of the challenge.
Now I actually did a video regarding this premise and procedure here:
and offer it for discussion. I will do a follow up this spring looking at the quick stop procedure and the issue of windward/leeward pickups.