Water safety is important and all sailors should be wearing life jackets and know what to do in in case of a sailing accident. This includes knowing what should be done when you capsize when sailing.
When you capsize when sailing
What to do when you capsize when sailing depends partly on whether you are sailing on your own or on a vessel with two or more crew members on board.
In essence, there are two basic methods of recovery when sailing. The first is the ‘scoop’ method. Suitable for vessels with two crew members, this method involves one crew member righting the boat, while simultaneously ‘scooping’ the second crew member back into the boat’s cockpit.
The second method is designed to be performed by the helmsman of a single-handled boat. In both cases, the first job is to free the main sail, boom vang and jibs sheets. The boat should then be righted from the centreboard by leaning backward.
More detailed information on performing these rescue methods can be found at Discover Boating.
Practice makes perfect
In order to ensure a speedy recovery and prevent personal injuries, as well as hypothermia due to being in potentially freezing water for too long, it is eminently important to practise these methods under controlled circumstances so that you know exactly what to do should you capsize when sailing, especially if you sail on your own.
In a similar way, it is necessary to prevent other accidents while sailing, such as, for instance, slips, trips and falls.
Keeping equipment and rigging stored neatly and out of the way is essential in order to prevent injuries by slipping, tripping and falling overboard. Maintaining radio equipment in good order is equally important, as this enables you to call for help in case of an emergency.
When the unexpected happens
If you suffered an injury by a slip, trip or fall or indeed any other kind of sailing accident for which someone else was responsible, you could be entitled to claim for personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
Our in-house personal injury solicitors have over 15 years of experience in handling claim cases just like yours. Whether you were injured by a trip, slip or fall, a collision with another vessel or some other type of accident while sailing, we can help you secure the compensation due to you.
Speak to our advisors on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, today to get more information on when and how to claim for compensation.