Originally Posted by DRFerron
We have no way of knowing if the writer of the article is a boater. They could have said sea anchor and it got lost in translation.
The article also said that the sails were shredded. That along with no engine and no navigation lights would make them a hazard to others as well as themselves since they'd have no way to make way other than to drift where the stream takes them.
Not arguing for or against their judgment, I just don't think this short article tells the entire story and thus I think we shouldn't jump too quickly.
Stories like this are good for discussion rather than disparaging.
It appears from the photo, that the boat had/has an inner forestay with an intact furled jib on it.
Surely, pressure from schedules and promises have got to be right up there in causes of things like this as evidenced in the Bounty tragedy as well.