Thank you.sunfast said:Awesome sailing pic as ever iGary. Tinged with sadness after the events on ABN Amro Two yesterday though.
You met him? That's tough.iGary said:Thank you.
Me too, that's why I posted it. I met the guy in Annapolis.
Sad thing is, these guys should be harnessed in, thoroughbred race or not.
Expect changes next race.
Here he is:sunfast said:You met him? That's tough.
I couldn't agree more about the harness. I nearly lost one crew member earlier this season and three boats I've raced against have had MOBs in the the last year. I'm impressed they found him and got him on board - no joke at night in that sort of breeze.
It's a sad occurrance for what has been a tremendous race. As you say though, lessons will be learned like they were after Fastnet '79 and the Sydney-Hobart a few years back.
Remember, kids, tomorrow is never promised.ABN AMRO TWO was sailing downwind in 25 to 30 knots of wind under mainsail, fractional spinnaker and staysail. Sebastien Josse, skipper of ABN AMRO TWO, was at the helm, Hans, 32 of the Netherlands was trimming the spinnaker sheet, Nick Bice, Andrew Lewis and Lucas Brun were also on deck. A wave washed back down the deck and when the water cleared Hans was no longer on deck.
ABN AMRO TWO navigator Simon Fisher explained the incident, “Immediately Seb hailed a ‘man overboard’ initiated man overboard procedures and put in place GPS positioning. The spinnaker was immediately dropped, the staysail furled and the starboard dagger board lowered. The engine was switched on and we attempted to motor-sail back on a reciprocal course. Due to the strong headwinds it was decided we drop the main, and go under motor alone as it was difficult to maintain a direct course to the man overboard position.
“Once Hans was located, Simeon Tienpoint put on his dry-suit, harness and diving gear in order to assist in the recovery.
“Hans was lifted back on board and the Accident and Emergency department at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK (race emergency medical care backup) was notified that we had a major medical emergency and to stand by. In the meantime Hans was moved down below. No pulse was found so CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) was initiated by the crew. CPR was stopped at 0420GMT. Unfortunately our attempts to resuscitate him were not successful.”
I finally went to your site - really like your stuff - especially the Vermont Volunteer one. Are you the guy in the "PDP" shirt?pdpfilms said:Hahahahahaha i forgot about that! Indeed, it is Gary... indeed it is.
Turns out, he's single now.
I hoped no one would make the connection....iGary said:I finally went to your site - really like your stuff - especially the Vermont Volunteer one. Are you the guy in the "PDP" shirt?