Re: Sailboat perishes off Hatteras, USCG rescues crew
*Decided to sail with a questionable forecast (nor'easter in March!!?!) into the gulf stream and into the graveyard of the Atlantic.
*Motored. Didn't sail, hove to or try to ride out the storm in open water.
*Tried to enter an inlet during a storm. And the inlets mentioned aren't even recommended under calm conditions for a sailboat.
*Could have easily taken a different route with little loss of time. The ICW is right there. Many sailors take it to Beaufort and then pop out to the ocean, even when they could safely transit via the ocean.
The captain is really a graduate of the Merchant Marine academy and an experienced delivery captain? Doesn't sound like it.
I'm not saying that I haven't made mistakes sailing. We all do. But it's this kind of ignorance that often leads to a dangerous Coast Guard rescue and loss of a half million dollar boat.
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