Safety when ocean cruising

Published on 01 august 2016 at 0h00

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Before taking the decision to leave, and sometimes even during their voyage, most skippers taking their family to the other side of the world ask themselves if they have the abilities, and if they are not taking foolhardy risks for their loved ones. And let’s be clear about this, those people who don’t ask themselves questions about safety when ocean cruising shouldn’t really be afloat...
Risk is inherent in a voyage. It’s a fact. But experience shows that dramatic accidents are extremely rare and almost always the result of a succession of unforeseeable events, and poor reactions by the crew. Hence the importance of leaving with a well-prepared boat and well-trained crew.

Safety on board

To cruise safely, the skipper must be experienced. And for this, he or she must sail and sail…

Safety – everything should be decided before leaving…

Here at the magazine, we have lost count of the number of families who had never sailed before, but set off on (and returned from) an Atlantic, Mediterranean or West Indian circuit with no problems, and thoroughly enjoyed their voyage. But to succeed, the important thing, whether you are starting from scratch or have a good knowledge of sailing, is to get suitable training for yourself and your crew. Because if there is only one person aboard who is capable of handling the boat, the slightest problem can have much more serious consequences...
This is why most cruising schools insist on training the whole crew, including the children. Thus ...

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