Originally Posted by jameswilson29
This incident also demonstrates the fallacy of the importance of years of experience and/or a USCG Captain's license. Neither one means anything without common sense.
Everyone who knows the captain, including his good friends, said that Robin W is a good captain. May be he was a good man, good teacher to the youngsters (He has no children of his own), good in mooring and docking the boat in good weather, has sailed the Bounty for 17 years. If I were the parent of the young girl victim, I would ask the questions:
1. How seaworthiness of Bounty in fighting the hurricane
2. How much experience of the Captain sailing in this condition
3. What is the preparedness of the crews to sail through the storm.
4. Obviously, the green crews believed their captain and trusted his judgement, do they feel the same way now ?
5. Did anyone challenge the Captain to take shelter to Norfolk and up Bay?
It is sick to my stomach and feel very bad for the families. The deaths are avoidable. It may be a blessing for the captain lost his life so haunting of this human tragedy goes with him.