I find myself in total agreement with Brian as to the captain's responsibility.
It also the responsibility of the individual crew members to chose their "rides" prudently and take on checking for their own safe
. Getting blue water expetience is far different than Transpav racing. The allure of practicing on someone else's boat without the associated costs doesn't mean jyou signed up to be pampered.
I know you tale the responsibiltu seriously, as do I. One of this unqualified Captain's biggest mistakes was to take these two crewmen with no experience , sight unseen, relying on whatever they claimed they had done
I would want someone with me the same or more qualified in case I was incapacitated. The mote skill the better. But he was forced to scrape the bottom as the talent pool had already been taken.
It started wrong, continued to go wrong, escallated . Lessons learned