Cruising World - - Underway - Charles San­born Past pres­i­dent, the Sail­ing Foun­da­tion

I was pres­i­dent of the Sail­ing Foun­da­tion in Seat­tle when the Lifes­ling was de­vel­oped. Doug Fryer and Dick Mar­shall led the team that spent count­less hours test­ing ev­ery known sys­tem of over­board res­cue known. The prob­lem reared its ugly head one Fourth of July week­end

when a skip­per fell over­board with his wife and daugh­ter as crew. He re­mained at­tached to the boat, but the crew couldn’t haul him aboard, so they sailed onto the beach and treated him there. Un­for­tu­nately, the 50-de­gree wa­ter got to him first. Thus be­gan a search for a bet­ter way.

The crew could have had him aboard if they had used the Lifes­ling method, which in­structs “re­trieval and hoist­ing with a block and tackle.” The block and tackle be­comes a use­ful tool for other things aboard. The Sail­ing Foun­da­tion has con­ducted hun­dreds of Safety at Sea sem­i­nars through­out the North­west, and we prob­a­bly have the most ed­u­cated Lifes­ling stu­dents be­cause of that. The old say­ing, “If all else fails, read the in­struc­tions,” al­ways ap­plies. Look­ing for­ward to your ex­panded cov­er­age of Safety at Sea ar­ti­cles. (Look for them in the Novem­ber 2018 is­sue —Ed.) Ed­u­ca­tion never hurts.

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