Matthew Sheahan from Yachting World interviews Gordon on his rules on how to keep safe while going aloft.
Gordons Golden Rules:
- Always secure yourself to the harness or bosuns chair with a bowline, never trust a snapshackle.
- Always use an internal halyard. Avoid using a 2:1 halyard, if you have to, only use the 1:1 part of the halyard
- Always make a thorough check of the equipment you are about to use – check the halyard for wear, check the winch, clutch and the lead of the halyard
- Decide how you are going to communicate & what hand signals you will use
- Climb the standing rigging not the mast
- Never use a self tailer on an electric winch
- Always tie the halyard off with a man up the rig, never rely on the self tailer or clutch
- When lowering always pay out the rope hand over hand without too many turns on the winch
- Keep an eye on the winch as well as the person aloft
To read the full article see the May 2011 edition of Yachting World.