And that was another World First!
Several retailers stocked Lifesavers (£14.95) at the show, Andark, Arthur Beale, Piplers, Sea Teach and of course Lifesavers were available at Chart Co, where I signed copies of Stress Free Sailing. Force 4 also stock Lifesavers in store and online and they are available online from moblifesavers.com
A glimpse Behind the scenes
So last night I went to see David Rogers head of H&S to show him my hard copy of the RA and the updates and check all was OK.
I told him all was going well with ‘Nigel’. He wondered why I wasn’t lifting a real man out? Because we could only afford a 50kg strong point at £180 and not the 1 ton point at £500. He thought that the strong point would be rated at a good deal more than this and said to leave it him and he would have a word with the riggers.
The next morning when I came in someone had moved the 8 part tackle, it was hanging straight down in position, it had not been tied back in its stowed position. I tried to tie it back but it wouldn’t reach the tie off point. Odd, someone must have raised it. I looked up and in place of the thin wired was a very stout wire. Someone had been in with a cherry picker in the night and replaced the strong point with a 1 ton point. We could now lift a man out. I went to see David Rogers to thank him. I was slightly worried that I would be presented with a £500 for the new point. I asked about the money. He said he had squared it with the riggers and there would be no charge to me. Brilliant. So he made our World First a possibility.
I have been met by incredible generosity from everyone involved with the show, from the organiser, the riggers, to Rockley Watersports and all those who have lent kit, support and in the case of Sailing Holidays, people and I am most grateful to everyone.
Voiceover; http://www.duncanwells.com / Yachting Magazine Features Writer
SeaSafe iZip and proZip lifejackets have been tested with Lifesavers included and are approved with the inclusion of a Lifesaver. Other models of lifejacket are in the process of being presented for testing for the inclusion of Lifesavers. But SeaSafe lifejackets are the only ones today where you can order them pre fitted with a Livesaver. You can of course retro fit a Lifesaver to the lifting loop/lifting becket of any jacket and that’s exactly what people are doing.