Flawed Jackline Systems, Part 2


In the last chapter we learned that being drowned by dragging on our tethers or badly hurt by fall-arrest shock loads (most likely a combination of both), is probably at least as big a threat as going overboard untethered and not being picked up.

In this chapter I'm going to apply a bit of simple arithmetic rigour, backed up by testing, to common jackline systems, and particularly the ones we have used on Morgan's Cloud, and see if said systems will keep us out of the water—something I should have done years ago.

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for 25 years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 20 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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