Originally Posted by PCP
The Captain called the crew, said to them what he want to do, give them half an hour to decide and after that they sailed away. How many Tall ship Captains do you think had notice of that before he sailed away?
Some of the versions say it was more than a half hour. But it's irrelevant anyway. The reports are saying the the crew were texting and emailing friends and family, so even if it was thirty minutes there was enough time for the message to get out.
And even if no captains heard about it before he left, there may have still been over a day to contact the ship using the various technology options available (VHF, cell phone if close to shore, etc.) to try to talk some sense into the guy. It wasn't a secret that they were out there - the blogs were all atwitter about the fact that he had gone out.
All I'm suggesting is that it's really disingenuous of all the "experts" to have waited until after he died to express their rage at him. Sending an open letter to a dead man is a lot less effective than contacting him while he's still alive. Maybe somebody will think of that next time someone makes an obviously idiotic decision.
Maybe some of this "independence" that you referred to is actually part of a culture problem in the broader community of captains. I don't deny that it's there - but that doesn't mean it should not change. Kicking your old friend when he's down at the bottom of the ocean is not the way to help him.