Originally Posted by smackdaddy
Thanks TQA. Great write ups. I'm going through them now.
For those of you who poo-poo the notion of "group think" influencing decisions in a rally - decisions that would likely play out otherwise in the case of an individual skipper on his own, this is a telling quote from this blog:
A rally creates a strong psychological influence on individual decisions. And that in itself can elevate risk. No way around it.
"This was definately not in the brochure....."
That, or the opposite.
If we leave to the free will the day of departure it will happen as you mention.
If someone from the organization is responsible for the safety of the rally it will be also responsible for choosing the weather window and departure day.
If that sailor is very knowledgeable and knows exceptionally well the area then his decision can have influence on the safety of the ones that are less experienced than him and that should be practically all otherwise it would not make sense.