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Re: Mutiny at Dawn - Transpac Race 2013

Our Bermuda race routine for almost all crew was:
1. They did one or more local races with us.
2. They did one or more offshore trips/races with us.

Thus going to Bermuda we had a generally skilled and happy crew that worked well in fair weather and foul and knew the boat

I am getting the idea that RD *really* wanted a Transpac as a "resume builder" to get other rides. At least he now has a very good idea of how NOT to run a boat The hopefully aborted plan to take legal action against the sushi-skipper will not help a lot in getting him on other boats. IMHO that avenue should not be pursued.

Originally Posted by JonEisberg View Post
Damn, times sure have changed since I last crewed in an offshore race... I suppose nowadays, crew are expected to to serve a function little different than passengers on a Carnival Cruise ride, and sometimes - as rockDAWG put it - his "luck ran out", and he finally wound up with a Captain Schettino in command...

I once did a Chicago-Mac back in the 70's as a last-minute walk-on when heavyier weather was forecast, but every other race I've done, the crew was intensely involved in the prep of the boat from the get-go... In fact, the owner/skipper was usually the LAST one to arrive on the scene, by that time the watch captains and the rest of the crew had everything sorted, and every single crewmember knew where every single item on that boat had been stowed, etc... As it should be, of course...

The last Bermuda race I did, the program commenced with the first get-together of the crew 9 months in advance, with two more gatherings over the course of the winter... Scores of emails and phone calls during that interval, relating to every conceivable facet of the trip...

Sure, the skipper/owner bears the 'ultimate responsibility', but any crew worthy of sailing a race like the Transpac should have been able to see this was a boat one would not want to be on well in advance...

Joe Della Barba
C&C 35 MK I

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