Sorry I don't know who the pilot was, but I do know that I am quite sore today!
Although the winch sling is very quick it doesn't offer much support and believe me I was so glad to get back in the boat. I actually landed in the splash well on Landlords Osprey and the line was quickly paid out by the winch man and I was disconnected quickly too.
Today my ribs are quite tender, nothing major and I'm definitely not complaining but something to think about if you ever get a chance to do this in a training exercise.
One way would have been fine but both ways without a break was tough going.
When the helicopter gets close forget radio comms as you won't hear a thing, it's all hand signals and shouting at close range.
Surprisingly, there wasn't that much downdraft from the helicopter even when at the sliding door.
Surprisingly I wasn't nervous at all, everything was cool and calm and I reckon that I was running on max adrenalin, I could have swam back to Calshot afterwards