Originally Posted by Minnewaska
Technically, they have a choice. Practically, how do they turn down being crew on an AC boat? The opportunity may never come again. Damn the torpedoes.
All other spectator sports have made incremental efforts to be safer year upon year. Nothing bad about amusing us, we only owe them better than the risk of the AC 72s in return.
This isn't about amusing us. These men race and compete from within and would do it if no one watched. It's their nature.
So a top notch sailor, a gold medal winner in the Olympics will not get another chance? There are a few of them actually. Russel Cuuntz won't get another chance? James Spithill won't get another chance? Does really ring true does it?
Many of these men will be in the Volvo and other dangerous Races testing the edge. And again, and again.
It's what they do. They are not coerced by anyone else. Its not like the Bounty crew who had no experience, or if they said no wouldn't get another ride. They do it by choice. Their choice. They are driven by their own competition from within. They are men with free thought not chauffeurs or little boys.
God bless Simpson. God bless the Five sailors who have died in the Volvo races, They died reaching for the goals the set for themselves. God bless the wife and children he left behind.