Olympic sailing?

Discussion in 'Sailing Talk' started by J_Chan, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. J_Chan

    J_Chan New Member

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  2. simmgr8

    simmgr8 New Member

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    yeah some classes don't require you to wear one, laser does though.
     
  3. torrid

    torrid Just sailing

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    Most keelboat sailors wouldn't be caught dead wearing a life jacket.
     
  4. Wavedancer

    Wavedancer Upside down? Staff Member

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    Top level sailors often wear a PFD under an outer layer. I just looked at some video of the 2008 British Yngling team where they are wearing PFDs underneath.

    As an aside: an Yngling is a keelboat and there are a lot of rescue and other boats on the water at the Olympics.

    Finally, sane people do wear a PFD on keelboats when help wouldn't be immediately available and when the conditions get a bit rough.
     
  5. Wayne

    Wayne Member Emeritus

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    Yup..., that's just how you'd catch them.

    One time MOB off the bow in a race and you'll never leave home without one. Maybe not a horse collar, but a self-inflating PFD.

    ...be safe out there.

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  6. Zeppo

    Zeppo Member

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    photos I've seen show dinghy racers all wearing PFD'S, usually , as was pointed out, worn under a tight fitting shirt. This I suspect minimizes the chances of anything in the rigging snagging on the PFD. To go out in any boat and not wear a PFD is idiocy, what if you hit the water unconcious, injured or the water is very cold? If you can't be rescued within minutes your history.
     

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