Originally Posted by sailingdog
She started from Rhode Island, and is due back there shortly. She was also one of the sailors who survived the storms that Ken Barnes had to get rescued from. Given that her boat was considerably smaller, 28' vs. 44', one has to question how well prepared Ken really was.
In fact, Ken sent her an e-mail, which I thought was hilarious... what a schmuck!
There is a side of me that agrees with your assessment of Barnes, but in the context of him offering her moral support, I wouldn't come down too hard on him.
As to his past issues, sure, as Monday morning QBs we can find a lot of fault, but I can also sympathize with his failures. Sure, he might not have prepared as well as you would have, and maybe he was a little more hungry for attention than you would have been, but with a little better fortune he might have avoided such large-scale embarassment and failure. I'm not advocating the kind of irresponsibilty that he may have shown but I also feel bad for the guy.