Am I alone in condemning the ORC? (Offshore Racing Congress). These photos show the start of the Coastal race in Valencia yesterday in winds over 25 kts. A dyneema lifeline failure caused two crew to fall overboard at the start of the race. (fortunately rescued) Although dyneema is very strong it is not allowed to be used a lifelines by some race organisations because it is prone to stretch, chaffing and UV degradation.
Worse than this there is not one lifejacket in sight - few organisations these days allow formal racing in such conditions without a lifejacket rule imposed (IE when reefed / wind over certain strengths etc). This is a European Championships for heavens sake!
Basic stuff guys!