Originally Posted by jameswilson29
You pin it on lack of experience, but consider all the reading material available to sailors on weather, route planning, heavy weather sailing, and how not to handle a sailboat in distress.
Why couldn't a careful sailor with good judgment, common sense and preparation, who researches these critical areas before undertaking a voyage, perform just as well or better than a more experienced skipper who develops a cavalier attitude toward passagemaking, or never really learned these lessons in the first place?
Doesn't this really come down to respect for the sea and the weather, that these voyages are not to be taken lightly, as so many of the novices seem to ignore?
Experience is a broad term which should include intellectual ( reading, research, theoretical) and hands on. Intellectual experience alone is no substitute for hands on. A competent safe sailor has both and knows the limits of safety, not necessarily their perceived limits which can be inflated by ther own misconceptions. There are many book smart and computer smart sailors.
Experience offshore is Not just in the sailing aspect but also should include maintainence of the boat inclusive of all of its systems. I have friends who re darn good sailors. Finish first in competitive races, but wouldn't know hw to troubleshoot and repair their own electrical systems of diesels. They always pay others to do his. To me this is not a good formula to have as n offshore sailor.
This is where someone like Jon or Dave excell. Thy have an all around combination of many facets of experiences it appears.