Going overboard while sailing solo
R eceived wisdom has it that a singlehanded sailor who falls overboard is as good as dead, with no chance at all of saving himself. Some solo sailors cite this as the reason they don’t wear a lifejacket. BELOW: Noel has modified this harness for solo sailing, adding a ladder of webbing loops stowed in the red sock This is not necessarily so for a strong person with the right kit. A solo sailor should always be clipped to a jackstay by a short tether. If a lightweight webbing ladder is built into the tether, it should be possible, though not easy, to use it to climb aboard. If you wear an automatic lifejacket, you must check that its inflation does not restrict self-help efforts.
Noel is able to deploy the ladder of webbing loops and give himself at least a fighting chance of climbing back aboard