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Re: Mutiny at Dawn - Transpac Race 2013
Did anyone see the movie Naked Gun many years ago, when OJ Simpson's character gets shot hundreds of times but doesnt' go down, until he finally keeps backing up and puts his hand on the stove, then pulls it back and says "ouch". Slapstick humor that the stove shouldn't have mattered. The autopilot was the stove in this story.
I, for one, beg to differ: It sounds to me like the autopilot was THE rule-breaker in the minds of both the Skipper and "Jane" and they resented the crew demanding it be used.
Can someone kindly explain why using an autopilot whilst under spinnaker would be somehow safer than manual steering? Unless you've got a total novice on the helm I just don't get why it was even considered...
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"