OMG, NO PFD?
I love Cruising World, but the April issue became “Cursing World” for me. Why? April Fools’ not withstanding, the cover shot by Billy Black shows Hope’s driver (Dave Rearick) on the low side, in heeled-over conditions, rail in the water, with no PFD or harness on. As the millennials say, WTF? He’s 3 feet away from being MOB. Regardless of how proficient Dave is with all his offshore experience, is that really the image of cruising safety you want to promote? Given the number of high-profile people who have been lost overboard in bluewater sailing recently (Volvo Ocean Race, Clipper Round the World Race), it might make more sense to err on the side of safety, not overconfidence — especially on a cover shot. MOBS can happen to anyone. Besides, crews look much cooler with all their safety gear on. There are pictures in the article (“Hope Springs Eternal”) of Hope’s owner wearing his safety gear, so there’s that, thankfully.