The flotation of this PFD from Forward Sailing (Switzerland) is concentrated in the rib cage area, which gives the sailors some chest and back impact protection. The design also provides useable space for modifications. A sleeve holding a spare-air bottle and personal safety knife is located on the front of the PFD. On the lower-back portion they’ve modified it in-house to provide a pouch for a hydration pack (the feed tube runs up the shoulder). A final design may include a quick-release mechanism that allows them to easily remove the PFD should they be trapped under the boat or wing.
America's Cup Sailors are Dressed for Battle