Waiting for someone to come along who has sailed/raced a 40.7 in storm winds downwind and what their opinion is as to boats actual behaviour, what sails they flew,etc.
Of those 4 airlifted out, is there a suggestion that the skipper was one of them ?
Why argue with a nautical wall? I just read the graffiti these days.
They also have an autopilot (if it was working?) and one would like to think they also have an emergency tiller on board.
But we weren't there at the time, and seeing the forecast I doubt many of us would have been there at the time.....One for the MAIB I feel
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But then I am lucky in never having been reduced to such a state of state of wretched impoverishment that would compel me to sail yachts for a living. I could see the conflicts between meeting the expectations of the paying 'passengers/crews', and sticking to the schedule, whilst exercising good seamanship soon turning an activity I love (sailing) into something very stressful, especially in European waters where the weather is so unpredictable.
"All things are relative."
Perhaps some -old - lessons reinforced by this,
1; Don't set off into a storm especially in coastal conditions,
2, Even more importantly, Crew Strength Is Everything ! Racing boats can hare around the Southern Ocean surfing down huge waves, as long as there's a well trained team of gorillas onboard; the average cruiser with man & wife or novices will probably not fare too well.
3, as for the bent pushpit, well it is common to have even stainless stanchions bent by waves if one sees the old 'Heavy Weather Sailing' & similar books.
When I took my YM exam it was in a severe gale, I seriously thought part of the test was ' are you daft enough to set off in this ? ' So asked my question to be logged... No, we set off; but that was only along Southampton Water, the Examiner was far too bright to embark on the trip described here, even with a much stronger crew.