Not many sailing safety issues chill the blood like the thought of falling overboard. But, the recovery itself can be dangerous too. You may have read and practiced different overboard approaches. But is there really just one way to do this right? Read on to help you make the best decision for safer sailing or cruising worldwide.
Read one book or another, or one magazine article or another, and authors tend to disagree on the recovery side. Should you place your boat upwind of the victim or downwind? In the end, I believe there will be no “fixed in stone” answer. We all must decide on this based on the conditions at hand. Realize that this will be the most dangerous part of any overboard recovery.