Practical Sailor has been testing sailboats and marine equipment for over 40 years, and their business model which is solely based on reader subscription, keeps their hands clean of commercial bias. This PS report focuses on whether safety equipment is actually safe. Since late last year, Practical Sailor has been testing various sailing safety tether clips and snap hooks to determine what could have contributed to the death of a Simon Speirs, who fell overboard during the Clipper Ventures Round the World Race late last year. The tragic incident was unusual because, according to all reports, Mr. Speirs was wearing a safety harness and tether that was connected to a jackline at the time of the accident. We’ve posted two previous blogs on this topic, the first, posted several weeks after the accident and the second posted and updated more recently. The March 2018 issue of Practical Sailor magazine report “Safety Tethers Under Scrutiny,” featured a more detailed report of our initial findings. The focus of the March 2018 report was primarily on hooks attached to jacklines and the actual strength of the various tether snap hooks on the market. In that report, our tester Drew Frye d...