Niall Myant-Best speaks to Richard Brisius and Phil Lawrence.

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  1. '…we understand John was wearing his safety equipment..' (4.53 in). As an off-shore sailor I really do not understand how this happened if he was actually attached to the boat. All I can say is that in this race, two people have died, quite unnecessarily and inexplicably. The speed at which the boats go (say 30+ knots) and the wind angle in the Southern Ocean mean that turning round to try to recover a MOB is impossible. Surely time to call a halt to this race.

  2. If it's too cold to swim, a harness with tether should be employed. Even if you are climbing out on a pole I saw the earlier MOB with recovery on Scallywag and Yes the young man had a wetsuit on, but no bright colors or any sort of EPIRB or PLB was seen when he was recovered luckily. Wearing all black in a dark sea state is a recipe for disaster IMHO.

  3. So so sad, praying for a miracle. Respect the silence… it is an emergency, why wait so many hours to activate the Marine Rescue? It is the second time this happens on this boat. At least this time explanations are given, unlike what happened with Vestas, which was arriving to HK exactly between Scallywag and DongFeng. So, so sad everything.

  4. Same Boat – 2 MOBs in same race – extremely lucky (crew member was not wearing a PFD or Tether) to recover 1st in relatively mild conditions in daytime………….treacherous conditions in Southern Ocean drops the probability of recovery before death to Zero………..You absolutely cannot go overboard – Harness n Tether 100% at ALL times………double hooks ensure continuous protection as you move about.

  5. Most sailors would likely assume death if they went overboard in this conditions, period. Any non use of safety gear would be the sailor's ultimate decision, if not directed to by the skipper. My question is relative to a failure of equipment. Remember in the Sydney Hobart race, one sailor's teather was torn right off.

  6. I don't know the full details nor am I a professional sailor, but in my opinion finding a MOB should not be this difficult. For example, as soon as a person goes overboard, the skipper or nearest crew member presses the alarm. The onboard navigation software marks the MOB location. Then the software begins calculating the drift of the person based on wind and water current data. All the boats have real-time wind, meteorological wind and approximate water current data. The software can then plot a course to the extrapolated person location and then plot out a search grid given the wind and water current data. Woulnd't adding something like this be possible and relatively inexpensive?

  7. Sad sad sad. Our thoughts are with the family and crew

    As a former S&R officer in the Canadian Coast Guard I can attest to the challenges associated with a man overboard situation even in reasonable conditions and from a power craft so the efforts required to get turned around and back up wind without jeopardizing the whole crew would have been heroic. I’m sure the decision to sail on will haunt the captain and crew but it was the correct, and only one, under the circumstances