Better Jackline Systems


In the last chapter we learned that the tether and jackline systems that most of us use are pretty close to useless, and may even be more dangerous than not wearing a tether at all because of the risk of being drowned or battered to death (probably a combination of both) while being dragged in the water at the end of our tethers.

In this chapter, after all that bad news, I'm finally going to get positive and look at the changes that Phyllis and I have made, and plan to make, to make our person overboard prevention system on Morgan's Cloud really do its job, rather than just lull us into a false sense of security, as it has been doing for decades.

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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