LESSONS LEARNED

Yachting Monthly - - THE LEARNING CURVE -

1 TWO TO TANGO

There are two par­ties in­volved in a res­cue at sea: the res­cued and the res­cuers. When you are be­ing res­cued, you tend to let the res­cuers take the ini­tia­tive and know what to do. This might be fine when it is an ex­pe­ri­enced lifeboat crew do­ing the res­cue but out at sea, it will prob­a­bly be the first time for both the res­cued and res­cuer. So have a long dis­cus­sion about how the res­cue will take place be­cause you both have an equal say in this mat­ter and pos­si­bly dif­fer­ent view­points.

2 CHOOSE YOUR RES­CUE SHIP CARE­FULLY… IF YOU CAN!

A 40ft climb up a ship’s side is a big chal­lenge and may be beyond the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of a tired crew. Ours was an Amer­i­can ship and the first thing they wanted as we landed on their deck was to sign a dis­claimer that we would not sue them for the da­m­age to our boat! I have been res­cued by a Bri­tish ship and the first thing they did was greet us at the top of the gang­way. There was a ste­ward with a sil­ver tray of brandy glasses of­fer­ing us a much­needed drink!

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