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Re: World's worst sailor - needs 10 rescues in a month!
"I don't think we have made stupidity illegal here yet. "
Not per se, but most if not all states provide for 48-hour psych evals, and protective custody in one form or another. And the USCG can and will terminate voyages and seize vessels as "manifestly unsafe".
While we allow drunk drivers to continue drinking and driving with literally 40 suspensions on their license, I suspect that after ten rescues, someone would find a way to restrain the fellow. You'd have to delve into the circumstances and specifics to look at that.
FWIW, he wasn't arrested for bad sailing. They found a black mark in his past in order to get him behind bars. The US would have done the same thing:
Freeman was arrested on behalf of Warwickshire Police in connection with allegedly failing to attend a previous court appearance in Leamington Spa to answer charges of assault.
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
USCG Certified Captain, 50 Ton Master and OUPV
ASA Certified 101/103/104/105/106
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2001 Catalina 34MkII Tall Rig Breakin' Away, Universal Diesel M35B, Mantus 35 lb. anchor, sailing out of Rock Hall Landing Marina