Mieux vaut flotter sans grâce que couler en beauté.
Hot liquid sailing should do the decent thing... they should shut down temporarily at least and have a complete appraisal of their operations....
This lack of a review by hot liquid sailing of their safety, and going straight into a price promotion, is a very poor reflection of their priorities.
Hot liquid needs to review what went wrong before they offer any more courses or sail training.
I agree this seems a case of poor planning, especially re. crew abilities & strength.
NB the famous quote in a Naval officers' summary, " this Officer shows great skill at getting himself out of situations he should never have got into ! "
A good skipper always has a Plan B - & C, such as already sorting out storm sails - including making sure one can rig a storm jib in storm conditions, a sea anchor ( for drifting or as a steering drogue side to side ) the rudder will keep working or a jury rig is at hand / at least in mind, and as a last resort the chart & anchor are ready, remember the case of 'Tilly Twin', the fin keeler which remarkably got away with running up Bognor beach in a storm( 'Heavy Weather Sailing' again ) ; more to the point, all ones' crew need to be briefed on these things if the skipper is for any reason unavailable...that is not relating to this latest case.
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There is no reason to sail with such a forecast unless you are a lifeboat or a salvage tug.
The weather forecast was undeniable... what on earth was going through the skipper's mind when go/no go decisions were being made!
Are we there yet?