The failure of Tyger of London’s keel is a timely reminder that a yacht’s keel is a safety critical item, and it should be surveyed and inspected regularly with this in mind. If owners have any doubt about the design or condition of the keel or its securing arrangements, they should seek specialist advice without delay.
Although Tyger of London’s crew were rescued promptly, that they were wearing lifejackets when the yacht capsized helped ensure they survived the initial immersion and kept them afloat to be rescued. A life jacket is useless unless worn and, if rescue is not close at hand, enhancing it with a sprayhood and Personal Locator Beacon makes a great deal of sense.
Finally, when deciding where to stow the life raft and grab bag, consider how the crew will retrieve them if the unthinkable happens and the yacht inverts.