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Man overboard mid-ocean: what really happens during a MOB rescue in the Volvo Ocean Race?

Man overboard mid-ocean: what really happens during a MOB rescue in the Volvo Ocean Race?

Alex Gough, who was swept overboard from Scallywag during Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, describes his man overboard recovery, while Jack Bouttell of Dongfeng Race Team explains the MOB routines on a Volvo 65

On 14 January, some 2,000 miles from Hong Kong, 25-year-old Alex Gough was swept overboard from the Volvo 65 Sun Hung Kai Scallywag as they prepared for a sail change.

Gough, who admitted after his rescue that it had been a ‘pretty stupid’ error, was not wearing a lifejacket, harness line, or personal locator device, yet his crew was able to return and retrieve him onboard within seven minutes. We spoke to Gough in Hong Kong about the man overboard:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOsSXtTcBTM?feature=oembed&fs=0&modestbranding=1&theme=light&showinfo=1&autohide=0&rel=0?start=12&feature=oembed&w=630&h=354]

Volvo Ocean Race crews are equipped with a Spinlock Deckvest lifejacket that has been specifically re-designed for the event with extensive input from sailors. It has been modified for wearing for extended periods, such as when grinding on the pedestals.

The crews also each have a Spinlock ‘bum bag’ or waist harness, known as the personal equipment pack, which carries a second MOB 1, PLB1 and emergency strobe light. But the safety equipment is not compulsory during daylight and moderate conditions, with crews applying their own judgement on when to don lifejackets or waist packs. Like any safety equipment, it is basically useless unless worn – although the waist harness is also designed so that it may be thrown to an MOB, with the safety devices placed in Neoprene pockets for extra buoyancy.

Fortunately Gough went overboard in daylight, and the Scallywag crew was able to locate him quickly. Many race followers debated whether the Scallywag team kit – in predominately black and dark grey – might have exacerbated the difficulty in finding him in the water, although Gough doesn’t feel that a different colour top would have made a difference – pointing out that only his head was visible above the water. “I was wearing a hat,” he commented, “but it got ripped straight off.”

Many of the race teams do have high visibility outer layers, but in ‘t-shirt’ conditions would typically be wearing base layers in black, grey or white.

The processes for recovering an MOB from a Volvo 65 are markedly different to those on a normal cruising yacht or cruiser-racer. Before the start of the race Dongfeng Race Team shared footage of the team performing an MOB drill. Some viewers questioned why the team didn’t follow the same procedures that many sailors have been taught, such as pointing at the casualty, and why they instead deployed a swimmer.

In Alicante, Dongfeng bowman Jack Bouttell explained why some of their procedures are unique to the race:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qomWGWF9VtE?feature=oembed&fs=0&modestbranding=1&theme=light&showinfo=1&autohide=0&rel=0?feature=oembed&w=630&h=354]

There are several key reasons for not dedicating one crew member to point at the casualty. When sailing at the typical 20-knot speeds of the Volvo 65 any MOB is likely to be out of sight within a matter of seconds, especially when the boats are sailing in high spray conditions. In typical race mode there may also only be three or four crew members on deck, so all hands would be required to begin slowing the boat down.

If conditions allow, there is instead potential for the onboard reporter to launch the drone to provide an aerial view and help find or monitor the casualty.

In the dark, the crews would be reliant on the AIS device, although as Bouttell explains, the boats will normally make a dramatic bear away or similar course change which gives a good indication of the MOB’s position on the navigation software – assuming they are spotted going overboard immediately.

The MOB routines for the Volvo 65 have been adapted for high speed and high spray conditions. Photo by Eloi Stichelbaut/Dongfeng Race Team

In Gough’s case, the Scallywag crew were preparing for a sail change so there was nearly a full team on deck. Gough was able to raise the alarm by shouting as he was washed overboard, and crew mate Annemieke Bes deployed high visibility safety gear such as the danbuoy from the back of the Volvo 65, which helped locate him.

The Scallywag team sailed back to Gough, then used the engine to slow the yacht down as they approached him. Gough was able to swim to the boat and climb back aboard.

Marie Riou practises the swimmer role during MOB training on Dongfeng before the race start

There is a different MOB drill to recover a crew who might be incapacitated. As Bouttell explained, on Dongfeng they have a dedicated swimmer on each watch who will get into the water to reach the casualty, and a lifting strop to retrieve them back on deck.

Despite Gough’s smooth recovery, a mid-ocean MOB remains every skipper’s worst nightmare. There have been five fatalities in the race’s history resulting from sailors washed overboard – most recently Dutch sailor Hans Horrevoets lost his life falling overboard from ABN Amro Two in 2006.

Successful mid-ocean rescues are also exceptionally rare. Joan Vila, navigator on Mapfre in this edition, recovered team mate Jordi Doménech from the ocean during the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Race, after Doménech had spent more than a quarter of an hour in the water in freezing temperatures. In the same race Bart van den Dwey and Tony Phillips were swept overboard from Creightons Naturally, Van Den Dwey was recovered unconscious but alive, Philips found 15 minutes later, having died from cold.

As Scallywag skipper David Witt told his crew after Gough’s rescue: “In a few more knots wind, and black [night], you’re dead, ok? The only reason we found you is you put your arm in the air.”

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Man overboard mid-ocean: what really happens during a MOB rescue in the Volvo Ocean Race?

Man overboard mid-ocean: what really happens during a MOB rescue in the Volvo Ocean Race?

Alex Gough, who was swept overboard from Scallywag during Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, describes his man overboard recovery, while Jack Bouttell of Dongfeng Race Team explains the MOB routines on a Volvo 65

On 14 January, some 2,000 miles from Hong Kong, 25-year-old Alex Gough was swept overboard from the Volvo 65 Sun Hung Kai Scallywag as they prepared for a sail change.

Gough, who admitted after his rescue that it had been a ‘pretty stupid’ error, was not wearing a lifejacket, harness line, or personal locator device, yet his crew was able to return and retrieve him onboard within seven minutes. We spoke to Gough in Hong Kong about the man overboard:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOsSXtTcBTM?feature=oembed&fs=0&modestbranding=1&theme=light&showinfo=1&autohide=0&rel=0?start=12&feature=oembed&w=630&h=354]

Volvo Ocean Race crews are equipped with a Spinlock Deckvest lifejacket that has been specifically re-designed for the event with extensive input from sailors. It has been modified for wearing for extended periods, such as when grinding on the pedestals.

The crews also each have a Spinlock ‘bum bag’ or waist harness, known as the personal equipment pack, which carries a second MOB 1, PLB1 and emergency strobe light. But the safety equipment is not compulsory during daylight and moderate conditions, with crews applying their own judgement on when to don lifejackets or waist packs. Like any safety equipment, it is basically useless unless worn – although the waist harness is also designed so that it may be thrown to an MOB, with the safety devices placed in Neoprene pockets for extra buoyancy.

Fortunately Gough went overboard in daylight, and the Scallywag crew was able to locate him quickly. Many race followers debated whether the Scallywag team kit – in predominately black and dark grey – might have exacerbated the difficulty in finding him in the water, although Gough doesn’t feel that a different colour top would have made a difference – pointing out that only his head was visible above the water. “I was wearing a hat,” he commented, “but it got ripped straight off.”

Many of the race teams do have high visibility outer layers, but in ‘t-shirt’ conditions would typically be wearing base layers in black, grey or white.

The processes for recovering an MOB from a Volvo 65 are markedly different to those on a normal cruising yacht or cruiser-racer. Before the start of the race Dongfeng Race Team shared footage of the team performing an MOB drill. Some viewers questioned why the team didn’t follow the same procedures that many sailors have been taught, such as pointing at the casualty, and why they instead deployed a swimmer.

In Alicante, Dongfeng bowman Jack Bouttell explained why some of their procedures are unique to the race:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qomWGWF9VtE?feature=oembed&fs=0&modestbranding=1&theme=light&showinfo=1&autohide=0&rel=0?feature=oembed&w=630&h=354]

There are several key reasons for not dedicating one crew member to point at the casualty. When sailing at the typical 20-knot speeds of the Volvo 65 any MOB is likely to be out of sight within a matter of seconds, especially when the boats are sailing in high spray conditions. In typical race mode there may also only be three or four crew members on deck, so all hands would be required to begin slowing the boat down.

If conditions allow, there is instead potential for the onboard reporter to launch the drone to provide an aerial view and help find or monitor the casualty.

In the dark, the crews would be reliant on the AIS device, although as Bouttell explains, the boats will normally make a dramatic bear away or similar course change which gives a good indication of the MOB’s position on the navigation software – assuming they are spotted going overboard immediately.

The MOB routines for the Volvo 65 have been adapted for high speed and high spray conditions. Photo by Eloi Stichelbaut/Dongfeng Race Team

In Gough’s case, the Scallywag crew were preparing for a sail change so there was nearly a full team on deck. Gough was able to raise the alarm by shouting as he was washed overboard, and crew mate Annemieke Bes deployed high visibility safety gear such as the danbuoy from the back of the Volvo 65, which helped locate him.

The Scallywag team sailed back to Gough, then used the engine to slow the yacht down as they approached him. Gough was able to swim to the boat and climb back aboard.

Marie Riou practises the swimmer role during MOB training on Dongfeng before the race start

There is a different MOB drill to recover a crew who might be incapacitated. As Bouttell explained, on Dongfeng they have a dedicated swimmer on each watch who will get into the water to reach the casualty, and a lifting strop to retrieve them back on deck.

Despite Gough’s smooth recovery, a mid-ocean MOB remains every skipper’s worst nightmare. There have been five fatalities in the race’s history resulting from sailors washed overboard – most recently Dutch sailor Hans Horrevoets lost his life falling overboard from ABN Amro Two in 2006.

Successful mid-ocean rescues are also exceptionally rare. Joan Vila, navigator on Mapfre in this edition, recovered team mate Jordi Doménech from the ocean during the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Race, after Doménech had spent more than a quarter of an hour in the water in freezing temperatures. In the same race Bart van den Dwey and Tony Phillips were swept overboard from Creightons Naturally, Van Den Dwey was recovered unconscious but alive, Philips found 15 minutes later, having died from cold.

As Scallywag skipper David Witt told his crew after Gough’s rescue: “In a few more knots wind, and black [night], you’re dead, ok? The only reason we found you is you put your arm in the air.”

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Sea Otter – Narrowboat for sale

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Sea Otter – Narrowboat for sale for  £ 49,950Vat Included / Paid

2006

Lying: South East, Pyrford, United Kingdom.

Nice one owner from new 40 foot sea otterNanni diesel , optional extended double berth
Loads of storage
Mooring available
LAYOUT
Stern deck with pram hood cover over
Aft bedroom with fixed double able to extend in width
Bathroom
Galley
Saloon with convertible sofa to make extra double berth or two singles
Heated by Webasto diesel with 3 radiators
Equipment
Boxer Tricks was launched 12.09.2006
Nanni Kubota inboard diesel engine 29hp fully serviced
Axiom propeller
Boat safety until 2019
Packless sealing stern gland
Bow thruster
Webasto heating and calorifier coil
Immersion heater
Calorifier loop from engine
Fully integrated battery management system and battery charger
4 burner cooker with oven and grill
LEC Shoreline 12volt refrigerator with freezer compartment
Pump out toilet with large capacity tank and gauge
Full sized shower
Kenwood sound system with 4 speaker setup
TV with DVD facility
Twin rubbing strakes on hull
Full set of fenders
Pram cover for aft deck ( easily removable )
Boathooks
Life rings
Full compliment of cutlery/crockery/cookware
Bathing steps
Disclaimer
Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The particulars are intended only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate to have the vessel fully surveyed and inspected,river trialled and tested.
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Jamie Swaine
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Tingdene Boat Sales
Pyrford Marina
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Woking
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11.8 m/39 ft

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Avon Marine – Cruiser Stern Narrowboat for sale

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Avon Marine – Cruiser Stern Narrowboat for sale for  £ 19,995

10.06 m/33 ft

Lying: .

Vessel name: MoonflowerVessel type: Cruiser Stern Narrowboat
Builder: Avon Marine
Year constructed: 1985
Berths: 4
Heads: 1
No. of engines: 1
Engine model: Beta Marine
Engine power: 25 HP
Fuel type: Diesel
Length over all: 33′
Beam: 6′ 10″
Hull material: Steel
Hull type: Flat David Mawby Ltd

2.08 m/7 ft

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bryan duvell – narrow boat for sale

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bryan duvell – narrow boat for sale for  £ 23,500

16.76 m/55 ft

Lying: West Midlands, West Midlands, United Kingdom.

Sultan 55foot steel hull woodtop hullsurvey bss2020 boatmanscabin midengine bathroom. Crossed. Bed kichin. Living space stove

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Liverpoolboats – Traditional for sale

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Liverpoolboats – Traditional for sale for  £ 38,000

Lying: West Midlands, Herefordshire, United Kingdom.

Fully residential on mooring in Croxley green.herts close to tube and main line stations .mains elec and water to boat .adjacent parking.boat is fitted to a very high modern standard.mooring very secure .full bath shower diesel range also new solid fuel stove .all fittings and furniture to remain.58footlong with bow thruster .lovely cosy home .sofa bed in main cabin .

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2018-01-24 05:32:53 AYB GF OH Head ref. BU7480D5F39386659TK30

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Dave thomas – Semi-traditional for sale

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Dave thomas – Semi-traditional for sale for  £ 74,950

1988

Lying: Thames Valley, London, United Kingdom.

63ft all steel narrowboat for sale on a idyllic and convenient full residential mooring. The mooring is situated at maypole dock, a private spur off the grand union canal at southall. Maypole dock has excellent transport links with southall station just 12min walk away providing links into ealing ( 8 mins)and Paddington station which takes just 20mins. There is ample parking around the dock and the M4 and M25 are within 10- 15 mins drive. Amenities around the dock are provided with local convenience stores an off licence, post office, doctors surgery and pharmacy, all within easy walking distance. At present the whole area is in the middle of a complete rejuvenation with new flats, houses, roads and parks being built making it when finished a very desirable place to buy and live.
Maypole dock has 28 boats on single linear mooring giving the feeling of space and almost countryside living. Housing a group of residents comprising of professionals, trades and retired persons it’s a lovely harmonious place to live.
The dock is fully fenced and access is through a single number coded gate making it a secure place to live.
The boat is on a fully transferable residential mooring, mooring fee at present is £350 + vat per month. Council tax is charge at band A. The dock is equipped with a post room, launderette, toilet and sluice. Phone lines can be connected to receive broadband, sky e.t.c but at present I just use mobile broadband.
The boat was taken out of the water and surveyed October 2014 with exceptional results with the bottom having between 10 and 11mm, sides having between 6 and 7mm. Survey available on request.
The boat was taken out again at the end of 2015, blacked and 6 new anodes fitted.
Boat safety was done in September 2015.
Fitted with a robust 3 cylinder perkins engine.
The mooring comes with a garden the full length of the boat at 63ft long. Landscaped into separate areas and finished with a large array of plants and pots.
Storage area; this area comes complete with a 6×4 plastic Keter shed and a large Keter outdoor storage box. With space outside these for garden tools and bikes.
Summerhouse; the garden come complete with a lovely 7×9 Summerhouse built by myself. Bi-fold doors at the front all open up to give nearly an 8ft opening making it a lovely place to sit and relax. The building is completely insulated and wired for power. A small electric stove provides the heat and is ample for the space. The cabin also has the luxury of a home cinema being included, complete with an 84inch pull down screen, full surround speaker system, pioneer receiver, samsung bueray dvd player and tannoy speaker system. The whole system is 3D and 4K ready.great for those cosy nights in.
Outside the Summerhouse is a small decking area leading onto a high quality artificial grass area and seating area.
There is also a large raised area that hasn’t been touched yet which could be used for a number of different things.
Most of the garden has been fitted with led lighting all control through a remote control system.
It is one of the best mooring on the dock as it allows for easy cruising in and out without having to worry about moving any foot bridges.
Inside the boat;
Living area;
Large main living area fitted with real oak engineered flooring throughout with oak panelling on the upper walls and cream carpet tiles under the gunners. Windows are fitted with high quality cream double blinds incorporating a fly screen allowing light and air through but keeping everything else out. Front doors are oak double glazed with with heavy weight blackout curtains keeping the warmth in. There is a wall hung, remote control electric flame effect fire with colour change flames and surrounding lights as well as a graphite designer radiator. The dining area consists of a solid oak extendable table and 2 cream leather and oak chairs able to seat 4 when pulled out. A 32 inch samsung smart tv included comes complete with a pioneer av receiver and jbl surround speakers. Mood lighting has been fitted under the gunners and into the step giving a very relaxed atmosphere.
Going into the kitchen you will find a top quality cream high gloss doors with oak cabinets with plenty of storage. 40mm solid oak worktops and a black composite sink give it a luxury finish.Fitted with a full size belling oven and grill, hotpoint undercounter fridge, hotpoint microwave and a lpg 2 ring gas hob it has everything a standard kitchen has.
Going through into the utility room you will find space to hang coats, the main lpg morco 24 combination boiler providing continuous hot water and supplying the central heating throughout. Also fitted is the beko 6kg washing machine next to the main toilet holding tank and pumpout pumps.
Walking into the bathroom you will find the same oak flooring which has electric underfloor heating. Running at only 300 watts it is very economical to run. Full size shower, a jabsco super deluxe pumpout toilet and ceramic wall on a curved cabinet.
Into the bathroom we have lovely carpet on the floor which also benefits from underfloor heating. Fitted with a solid pine wardrobe and 2 chest of draws. The bed is a 4ft sealy ottaman bed providing lots of extra storage space. Also fitted is a 24inch led tv/ dvd combo.
The whole boat is fitted with 240v plug sockets and led lighting throughout.
Boat is advertised elsewhere

19.2 m/63 ft

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2018-01-24 05:28:55 AYB GF OH Head ref. BU801196639386659TK30

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methley Bridge – WIDE BEAM for sale

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methley Bridge – WIDE BEAM for sale for  £ 64,500

17.37 m/57 ft

Lying: Eastern, Suffolk, United Kingdom.

Wide beam narrowboat liveaboard 57ft x 12ft year 2014. Vetus diesel engine which is immaculate. Front cratch, full pram canopy on stern. 2 x bedrooms double glazed front doors with security gates. Washing machine, microwave, shower, cooker, solid fuel stove with oven. Central heating by radiators. A guaranteed mooring is available on the River Lark. Safety Certificate and License. All this for the bargain price of £64500. Will take a narrowboat in part exchange.

3.66 m/12 ft

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2018-01-24 05:26:46 AYB GF OH Head ref. BU8011A0F39386659TK30

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John Woolley – Clinker built narrowboat for sale

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John Woolley – Clinker built narrowboat for sale for  £ 3,500negotiable

1968

Lying: West Midlands, West Midlands, United Kingdom.

Grand Junction is a 37ft clinker built wooden boatBuilt in 1968 by John Woolley originally as a day trip boat on the Thames she was later turned into a liveaboard boat and spent much of her time at Iver boats on the Grand Union canal. This is a unique little boat.
We purchased her roughly 10 years ago as a live aboard and spent many years living and cruising the west Midlands canals but due to personal circumstances…..family/work commitments we find ourselves unable to give her the time and skills she needs though this will break my heart but at this point it is the best thing to do for Grand Junction.
A few points of interest….
She has a leaky Hull, we have dry docked her several times but never managed to successfully stop all of the leaks although we did stop many of them. We suspect she has been hit at some point and has a hole on port side which we have made a temporary repair to. Unfortunately she sank, due in part unfortunately to our neglect, we have since refloated her and have dried out the engine so nothing is seized and the engine is running. There’s every likely hood she will need some planks replacing soon.
She has 1 rule bilge pump and float switch on port side and we have a back up bilge pump on starboard for emergencies.
Before she sank 12 volt electrics were working to lights, shower and water pumps.
We have installed 210 watt solar panels consisting of 2 x 40 watt panels, 1 x 50 watts and 1 x 80 watt panel with MPPT charge controller split over 2 leisure batteries that have the bilge pumps only attached at present.
From stern to bow…
1.5 BMC engine
2 12 volt battery
2 x lockers 1 containing red gas bottle, 1 for storage
Home made awning that has faded with the sun but apart from some attention to the door section is still very usable if required. This does in fact give an extra bit of space especially during the winter months and we have managed to successfully cruise with it up under the majority of the bridges we have encountered.
Living room area…
Raised area for Wood burning stove, stove not supplied.
Small galley
Gas hob and oven with integrated grill
Electric fridge (not known if this works)
Sink with mixer taps
Storage under
Solid oak work top
Opposite is the shower cubicle/heads
With 12 volt shower
Separate bedroom area to bow but no bed/ mattress
Large water tank with water pump in cratch with cratch cover
Anchor, pegs, windlass, 1 small 2 stroke generator (not working but may be fixable)
Headlight
She really needs dry docking and tending to, she also will need a BSS and it would be advisable to get her bottom surveyed as well as blacking so that fully comp insurance can be gained (we only have third party)
She needs a lot of TLC inside and out, floorboards are up and it’s a bit of a mess inside.
Also please note the photos were taken a few years ago and are just to demonstrate space and size inside and out.
License has expired so this will need to be sorted as soon as possible. She currently has an order by CaRT to remove her from the canal system if a license isn’t purchased.
Currently has a home mooring in West Midlands on North Stratford canal with a lovely canal community but would need to negotiate with the moorings manager if you wanted to remain there.
Someone out there would make the ideal partner for this gorgeous little boat, I wish I could give her the time she needs but it’s just beyond me right now.
So if you would like to give her your time she will reward you with happy memories…..be prepared to spend some time and money on her though!
Sensible offer accepted…..viewing can be arranged.

11.28 m/37 ft

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