1 CREW ARE IMPORTANT
I was lucky I had Gordon as my crew on board. Given that I frequently sail solo the Greek gods were definitely on my side that day for I simply would not have managed alone. Briefing crew is vital. We carry a detailed set of briefing notes including how to start the engine, how to make a Mayday, man overboard et al.
2 KNOW YOUR MAYDAY
Gordon did very well, showing how important it is to brief your crew on reading a GPS position, using the VHF radio and the Mayday prompt card.
3 KEEP UP TO DATE
Gordon suggested I rewrite my radio procedure briefing note to bring it into the 21st Century, which I have done. When the original radio was replaced about five years ago I had omitted to update the ‘turn on’ procedure, which caused a minor delay as Gordon had to locate the switch.
4 HEALTH INSURANCE
I carry an EHIC card fixed inside my passport. A note of this was taken by the clinic who refused my proffered travel Insurance. In Turkey as a tourist you would not be treated without a valid travel insurance certificate. As a rule you would not be admitted to a state type hospital but only a modern private hospital with full facilities where they check your insurance on admission.
5 RECOGNISING A STROKE
I have learned that anybody can suffer a stroke at almost any time. There is very little first aid treatment that can be offered except to recognise it (FAST: face, arms, speech, time) and to seek professional intervention urgently. As my wife travelled, she received medical advice that aspirin would help thin my blood, as would lying down and resting.