Risk Assessment?

Sam Finlay (sam.finlay@ey.com)
Mon, 23 Aug 1999 11:38:18 -0400

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Hey gang,
The recent discussion about the dangers of sailing vs. mountain climbing has reminded
me of an issue that came up recently at home. My (17 yr. old) daughter has a small 9' sailboat
and her friend's mother will not allow her daughter to sail w/ mine on the grounds that
it is too dangerous. My initial take is that this is irrational behavior. After all this is the same
woman who lets her kids go skiing in winter. I don't have, nor have I ever heard of any statistics
on this sort of risk. What's the risk of sailing in an unsinkable boat (lots of flotation) while wearing
PFD's on a small lake which doesn't allow powerboats? This seems very safe to me but I don't have any
real information. I imagine that somewhere an insurance company has some real statistics
on the safety of various sports. We all have a "gut feeling" about everyday risks but I may be wrong here.
It may in fact be safer to hurtle down a mountain on skis that to sail at 4 mph on a lake.
Anybody know?
Sam Finlay
P-15 Indomitable # 1964
Luray, VA

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