In response to a 2011 fatal sailing accident in Annapolis, Md., members of US Sailing recently conducted three days of on-water tests of dinghy safety methods and equipment.
Held in California and New York, the tests evaluated ways to recover people in the water and right dinghies from capsize and inversion. Sailor entrapment and the causes were also addressed.
The report describes and evaluates each of the methods and equipment that were tested, and offers recommendations for policies, rules, and further testing.
Among the questions answered in the tests were:
• What is the best way to rescue entrapped sailors?
• What is the minimum weight for bringing a 420 back from a turtle?
• How helpful is it to add buoyancy to the top of the mast?
• Which boat-righting methods work with different types of powerboats?
• How do we handle disabled or helpless sailors?