Bad weather: do you want to save your life? YOUR COMMENTS


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The tragic death of British sailor Sarah Young, which occurred in the Pacific during the ninth leg (Qingdao-Seattle) of the Clipper Round the World Race
(the round-the-world race in stages devised by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston) as a result of an impact with a wave that tossed her into the water while she was not hooked to the lifeline, sparked discussions and comments on social media. Bringing attention back to a fundamental concept: always tie up at the first sign of bad weather, lest you risk your life. Here is a portion of your comments (even colorful, in some cases) on the affair.

As commented on in another post, I think the sailor’s overconfidence and confidence were fatal to her, my personal opinion is that in certain situations safety is never enough. Life line always when the going gets tough, better an extra minute to make a maneuver, bruise, or fall harmlessly while staying on the boat than to end up overboard! Matteo Cogliati

We all agree that it is always best to bond, just as in the face of tragedy it is always best to dedicate a thought in silence. Luca Mattei

If I still hear that there is no fucking use for lifelines on the high seas(mainly at the dock), I’m going to kick their butts. First and foremost is safety is what counts to have fun in a boat. I have seen and heard far too many times people end up in the water because they disregard at the bare minimum safety. Like when you see people taking the Boom on the head……..have you kept safety parameters in mind? ( you who took the bump and the other guy at the helm who didn’t assess right). Down Mile

The commander manages everything.Those who do not comply stay in the cabin.Peremptory orders for safety. Daniele Donadio

Lifelines armed before going out! And all that is needed to return to the ground satisfied. My question, however, is what really happens: if a wave knocks me out of the hull and I get tied up in a strong wind and strong sea, I think the consequences are far more painful than a bruise.
Does anyone have experience? Alessandra Tedeschi

Just about ten days ago, I was opening a post regarding wearing safety systems, several confirmed that they do not use them, not now or ever…may this tragedy change their minds…good wind. Rocco Skipper

The sea takes a toll every year. Unfortunately, in a sport as risky and almost extreme as offshore sailing is, it happens and will happen again to see professionals lose their lives . The ifs, the buts are not needed….tabarly docet…BV Manfredo Toninelli



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