Man overboard (MOB) training is the skill that all yachtsmen and women should possess, but one everyone hopes they will never have to use. There are various different techniques to recover a MOB, all with varying degrees of difficulty and requirements.
Statistically, the male sailor is more likely to fall overboard than the female sailor. So how easy is it for a female to recover a male MOB?
Neyland Yacht Haven Bertholders Jonty and Carol Pearce undertook extensive testing for the benefit of the marine industry in order to discover which method is best for situations where a weaker, lighter crewmember has to recover a man overboard.
The testing involved Jonty, under supervision of marine safety professionals, regularly "falling overboard" from his Southerly 105 Ketch. It was then up to Carol, with some help from Jonty, to attempt various different MOB recovery techniques to see which is the most effective and efficient way to recover him.
Read how the MOB testing went on the Yachting Monthly website
Jonty and Carol have berthed at Neyland Yacht Haven for 10 years and Jonty is a regular writer and marine equipment tester for Yachting Monthly. Last year, Jonty wrote an article about Helen Haynes of Brunel Chandlery and her 27 years of service to mariners in Milford Haven.
Photo credit: Colin Work, Yachting Monthly