About your last example, I wonder if it may be related to the fact that the boat was in the Blue Water Rally? This rally keeps up a pretty relentless pace and the boat mentioned would be near the bottom of the fleet speedwise. Would be very wearing on the crew, especially people in their 60s (and I am in my 60s so not a knock) since the port stays for rest and repair are much shorter than for faster boats in the fleet. Also might encourage the slower boats to push too hard so they get to port sooner. I understand that the Blue Water Rally is no more - don't think it is much of a loss.
Back in the water in Grenada - with new main and #2 and cockpit canvas (Santa came early). Will spend the winter and early spring in the Caribbean and then head to Bermuda and the northeast US. Still trying to decide if we will bring the boat to Canada, either in 2015 or 2016.