For my sins I watched "Saving Lives at Sea" tonight - the "rescue" that caught my attention was a Salona 40(something) that issued a Mayday 'cos it was taking in water. The water ingress was via a popped hull window in the fo'c'sle which the crew had stuffed with a cushion (at last a use for scatter cushions!). Pumps were passed from the lifeboat, boat was towed home and all was well ... but I was confused by several things:
- Supposedly the yacht was in or going to a race - #3 pennant on backstay but no sail number!
- There was no liferaft visible - if there was one on board I would have expected it to be readied when the Mayday was issued - so what Cat of race?
- The popped window was on the port side but the yacht had its mainsail up and was sailing on starboard tack.
- Buckets were in use but no-one was manning the deck pump.