The Right Tethers To Keep Us Aboard—Part 1, A Mix

Tethers in action. Can you spot the dangerous error Phyllis is making, back before we knew better?

As those of you who have been reading here for a while know, we—Phyllis and I with the help of the smart people that comment—have been working for over three years on better person overboard prevention systems and practices. A project inspired by our realization that current common practice is deeply flawed and may even be worse than no tethering system at all.

If that statement comes as a surprise to you, you will need to read through the rest of this Person Overboard Prevention Online Book before going any further.

Let’s finish this project by looking at tethers:

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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