Originally Posted by camaraderie
SC31...that is just wrong. She had extensive short trips to shake down and refit her boat after problems arose and sailed up to Newport from the Caribe as well as preparation o her first ocean crossing. She didn't have a lifetime of sailing...but was completely familiar with her boat and tested her own skills in discrete steps which Barnes did not do.
Well said Cam. I would add that she seems to have a much better idea of what her boat's limitations were, and I bet she's far more inventive if it came to making temporary jury-rig repairs than Ken was... Also, I don't believe that Donna was ever trying to substitute technology for skills, knowledge and preparation.
She also seems to be a far more resilient and resourceful sailor than KB was.
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