Heli strops in Spain.
Jan 2017 and I am taking the smallest and most portable of my MOB Man Overboard rescue equipment with me on a plane to Southern Spain for a weekend sailing around the coast. The I C Brindle Recovery strop plus the rescue strop from Jimmy Green make a great combination that is simple to set up and use. Well, simple if all the bits of rope on the yacht are long enough that is.
The Yacht is Hunter 334 chartered from Jaques Symphonie through Click and Boat. The yacht is new to me, so before we set off from the marina we go through our MOB Man Overboard procedure and set it up. Lucky we did because it was a bit more complicated than the normal 37fters in and around the Solent.
"Ah - there isn't a spinnaker halyard". This Hunter looks great for cruising with it's spacious accommodation but it's not a racer. No Spinnaker, No spare Halyard. No problem, if we need to do it we'll use the Main Halyard.
In our haste, we forget to walk the halyard to the back of the boom and free of the lazy jacks. It's probably not a big problem, but as we have time we fix it and set it up correctly for the Rescue Strop. It's a bit short though, and the poor MOB will have to leap like a dolphin to get into it. Soon fixed with the spare rescue strop.
Now to practice rescuing me.
I don't have my dry suit with me, so it's a dry practice. We try several different set ups and everyone is now happy with the procedure.
Now we head off to Cartagena. If you ever get the chance, you should go. The marina is right in the centre of the town just 5 mins walk from bars and delicious tapas. Our overnight berth with electric cost a grand total of 16 Euros.
Want to do more MOB?
If so, we have a couple of options for Man Overboard Rescue training, both of which are free. All I ask is that I can use any photos I take on the website, social media, magazine articles etc.
Yacht clubs - I can run half day sessions on your yachts as part of your regular sailing weekends. Why not finish a cruise on Sunday lunchtime and spend the afternoon learning 5 MOB techniques.
Own boat sessions - anything from a few hours to a full day using all the equipment on your yacht. As long as your within a few hours drive of Jct 13 on the M25 I'll come along and you can try anything you want.
If you are interested in trying any of these MOB equipment out yourself then please contact me at MOBManOverboard@gmail.com or use the contact form. If you have time, can you add some info on if you are a Dayskipper, Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster and if you've done the RYA Sea Survival or the RYA / ISAF Coastal Safety course.