It may surprise you that coming on deck to start a watch and going below at its end are the two occasions when you’re most likely to go overboard. Why? Because you undo the tether of your harness from its strong point before you descend the companionway steps.
This may seem obvious but it’s amazing how many skippers and watch captains allow crew members to come on deck unattached and/or unfasten their tethers before going below. This was illustrated in one of our recent Newsletters – An accident that should not have happened.
Whenever I’ve skippered a yacht offshore I’ve insisted that my crew follow this basic safety rule.
Today’s blog is a milestone! It’s my 100th post.