Originally Posted by Pikey Dave
I usually avoid the lifejacket histrionics,(I believe in personal choice) but I did think it was odd that they were bowling along at 19kn in the dark & not a LJ or harness to be seen. I'm not a WAFI so I don't know what the form is, but personally I'd have been wearing one.
The skipper at the end, was a weasel!
The form on any yacht I'm skippering is that, at night, lifejackets, harnesses and safety lanyards (with a quick-opening safety shackle and two double-action elasticated safety hooks) are mandatory on deck/in the cockpit and you MUST be clipped on at all times once you leave the sanctuary of the cabin.
Before you ascend to the cockpit from the cabin you reach up and clip on to a strongpoint adjacent to the hatchway and then, having ascended the steps from the cabin to the cockpit, you clip on to another strongpoint if you need to move further aft (i.e., to pass the helmsman a cup of something warm) before removing the first hook.
This also applies in bad weather of course and, in my experience, is standard practice for any experienced yachtsman...