|the 2018 Midwinters/US Nationals
Lake Eustis SC * February 2-4
a work in progress - updated: 6 March 2018 at 1011 hrs..
Dave McCreedy and Dave Wilpula needed assistance to extract their mast tip
from the lake bottom and the safety boat was happy to oblige.
Dave Wilpula finds a fine leaning post while awaiting further developments. more here
The finer points of the "scoop"
The "scoop" method of self-rescue consists of having the sailor on the centreboard scooping the other crew member up into the boat as it comes upright. What the "scoopee" needs to do is to
1. grip the thwart where it meets the CB box, and
2. make sure that (s)he ends up inside the hull preferably on the thwart where it meets the box
At this point, the scoopee wants to make sure (s)he ends up inside the boat as the mast comes to vertical. I have yet to find a graceful way to do this. As I recall, I grabbed the thwart where it meets the box and made sure at least one of my feet was under the side deck aft of the thwart.
Above, the crew in the water might do well to put a foot on the inside of the hull aft of the thwart and then quickly straighten up along the thwart. From this position, he can move weight to windward to help the board man fight against the effects of the windblown spinnaker they are dealing with here. Better yet, the inside guy can uncleat the spi and remove it as an obstacle to successful righting.
The nastier the conditions, the more valuable saved seconds become. If the crew ends up inside the boat on the thwart, he is in perfect position to do "jobs one": get the dangerous spi down and completely raise the board as soon as the boat is more or less upright, after making sure that the main and jib sheets are free to run out so that neither sail can fill. Once the boat is stabilized in the R&R position: dead in the water and sideways to the wind with no steering needed, Mr. Inboard can safely move to windward until Mr. Outboard can easily slide back aboard over a side deck that is partially submerged.
Life goes on.