Suddenly Overboard: True Stories of Sailors in Fatal Trouble

Author(s): Tom Lochhaas

Nautical - Seamanship

This title features true stories of contemporary sailing disasters that will keep you alert and careful when you are on the water. "Suddenly Overboard" tells stories about sailors who experienced catastrophes when least expecting them and who were rescued, or who died, or who lived to tell the tale simply by good luck. These tales will make you think "if these are the ways most sailors actually die, then what if I were in that situation?" These true-life stories are told in compelling, short narratives, with an insider's analysis of what contributed to the accidents so you know what not to do or what to look out for when you are on the water. You will learn important topics such as decision making under stress and the role of emotions in accident survival. The book also includes an exclusive interview with Gary Jobson, president of US Sailing.


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Tom Lochhaas is an avid sailor with more than 30 years of experience in sailboats of all sizes, experienced in coastal cruising as well as club round-the-buoy racing and offshore voyaging. For the last three years, Lochhaas has been the sailing writer for the Internet information site In this capacity he has already written extensively about seamanship and sailing safety issues, including both equipment reviews and behavioral/attitudinal safety articles. Lochhaas was the editor of Treacherous Waters and Intrepid Voyagers.

PrefaceIntroductionSources of the Stories * What the Stories Show * What Sailors Can Do About ItAcknowledgmentsChapter 1 The Storms We All FearChichester Bar * WingNuts * Rally Boat to Bermuda * BrieflyChapter 2 Some Incidents Can't Be Prevented?Tangled in Rigging * Lost Keel * Keep Treading * The Tether Issue-An OpinionChapter 3 A Good Day's Sail Goes BadJust One Little Mistake * Too Much Freeboard * BrieflyChapter 4 Anchoring, Docking, DinghyingLong Voyage, Quiet Harbor * Late to the Slip * The Season's Last Sail * BrieflyChapter 5Run AgroundTidal Estuary * On the Rocks * The Reef of New South Wales * BrieflyChapter 6Engine or Equipment FailureThe Delivery Captain * "Take It Easy" * BrieflyChapter 7A Gust of WindThree Generations Sailing off Puffin Island * A Hobie on the Lake * BrieflyChapter 8No Way to Call for HelpVoices * Short Sail on the Sound * The Inverted Cat * BrieflyChapter 9A Thousand Ways to End Up in the Water To Save a Puppy * Gone Fishing * BrieflyChapter 10The Perils of Solo SailingA Sailboat Comes Ashore * The Fouled Halyard * BrieflyChapter 11Can Your Crew Save You?Saturday on Lake Arthur * Wednesday Evening Club Race * Four Miles off Hyannis * BrieflyChapter 12 What Could Go Wrong? Capsize in Puget Sound * Capsize in Lake Huron * Sinking in the Georgia Strait * Bahia Transat Disaster Interview with Gary Jobson, President of US Sailing

General Fields

  • : 9780071803311
  • : McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
  • : McGraw-Hill Professional
  • : May 2013
  • : United States
  • : June 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 797.1
  • : 208
  • : Illustrationsstrations
  • : Tom Lochhaas
  • : Paperback