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Re: Wow... Bernard Stamm's Open 60 "breaks in half" in the Western Approaches...
Well, that's good news, of course...
Hopefully, the Coasties might have at least gotten some decent training out of all that aviation fuel they pissed away... :-)
I'm only half-kidding, actually... There is an argument to be made, that there actually can be some benefit to be derived from the sort of high seas rescues that Australia, for example, has been called upon to perform:
From a report of the Australian Navy's rescue of Yann Elies from GENERALI during the 2008 Vendee, after he broke his leg in the Southern Ocean west of Cape Leeuwin:
There is often an outcry by politicians in Australia seeking to make capital out of what they claim is unnecessary taxpayer expense, but the Australian military authorities and civilian rescue organisations have said that cases like this offer perfect training exercises at less cost than those which they have, in any case, to organise.
French yachtsman rescued by Australian navy - Sailing - More Sports - The Independent