I agree with an international effort to make 4's and 8's rowable when
swamped. Would it also not make good sense for coaches to require, at least
during long training rows, that all rowers have an inflatable pdf on board?
I suspect that the greatest risks to unforeseen weather is during training
when rowers may be far from docks and there are fewer officials and others
around as during a regatta. I mostly row a 1X and don't need to worry about
sinking. I do worry about flipping. During spring and fall, I put my
inflatable pdf behind the foot stretcher, as I hate wearing the thing. But
if conditions change and the water turns rough, I put it on. In rough water
a rower could become separated from an unsinkable 8 and conditions rarely
deteriorate so quickly that rowers couldn't don pdfs before it is too late.
Maybe JL could design a new inflatable unisuit.
Best, Steven M-M