No life­jacket in fog?

Yachting Monthly - - LETTERS -

I was most sur­prised to see photos of James Stevens, for­mer RYA chief ex­am­iner and train­ing man­ager, pic­tured sail­ing with no life­jacket in fog! For sev­eral decades the wis­dom taught by the RYA was that one should wear life­jack­ets in strong winds, in dinghies, and in fog, in case you are run down.

Now we recog­nise that wear­ing life­jack­ets should be the rule at all times at sea. Maybe

should is­sue its pho­tog­ra­pher with a set of life­jack­ets for use on photo shoots? I ex­pect that your em­ployer’s li­a­bil­ity in­surer would agree. Please keep up the good work in your mag­a­zine, but do prac­tice what you preach.

Richard Ash

Ed’s note: The pho­tog­ra­pher al­ways wears a life­jacket. He has his hands full most of the time so that makes per­fect sense. For James, though? It’s his boat, there are life­jack­ets on board, but as skip­per, he as­sessed the risk and made a de­ci­sion, which is all YM has ever asked of any skip­per in this re­gard: to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the safety of boat and crew. Hav­ing an iPad on deck run­ning AIS helped him man­age the risk and may have been some­thing to do with the de­ci­sion.

Stay­ing safe means as­sess­ing risk and tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity, not slav­ishly fol­low­ing ‘rules’

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