Sailing 201 Quiz
We were a mile from the finish of an overnight race and had been sailing and racing for about 24 hours. There was no way that we were going to wait for the tide and watch the fleet pass us by. And we couldn't get a tow as that would disqualify us. So we had to do something.
This reminds me of a time when a family member had their sailboat engine quit outside of an inlet peppered with breakers. His first and only action was to call for help. When I asked about lessons learned, his response was to make sure that he had good insurance. I shook my head in disbelief that he'd learned nothing.
There is always something that can be tried. Choosing failure as the first option isn't a path to success.
Sabre 38 "Victoria"