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Sailing two-up: “You’ll never sail alone!” »

Published on 01 august 2015 at 0h00

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A few years ago now, it all started in the supermarket. Each with his or her own trolley, you tore the long list of provisions prepared weeks ago as a foretaste of the big departure in two. Then you chose your route, tacking up and down the aisles, until your legs start to ache, then your back, through loading/unloading, before everything was correctly stowed aboard. Fortunately, since then, internet shopping and drive-in delivery have been invented. With the ending of this chore, which had its charm, but which we can easily do without, two-up sailing really begins aboard the boat, and it's a good thing.

Whilst you are itching to cast off the mooring lines, it is without any doubt a good idea, (even more so than when fully-crewed), to carry out a short safety briefing. From the location of important safety gear to the equipment to be worn according to the circumstances and agreeing on the procedures in case of a man overboard, a mutual reminder of the elementary safety principles is essential. Whilst on this subject, even more so than usual, a lifejacket should be worn in all circumstances. In bad weather, of course, but also at night, once you find yourself alone, or leave the protective cocoon of the cockpit. Equipped with a personal beacon or an alarm bracelet in case of a fall overboard. This equipment is really affordable and prevention remains the best way of ensuring that nothing happens to us! Especially if, like your humble servant, you are not a fan of ...

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