Any details about the storm? 40kt is second reef DW and third up. Not yet down to trysail. ? Question logic doing the pond alone as first blue sail. Hell I'd want four crew but then again I'm a wimp and have been scared before.
Well, I'm gonna guess he didn't have a trysail... And, perhaps it's just me, but I would have struck that cockpit bimini long before the breeze got up to 40...
Probably that offset companionway that finally did him in... :-)
From everything I see on his Facebook page, that boat was minimally rigged for coastal cruising, nothing more... I don't see any jacklines, for example, in that pic - though I suppose that yellow line on centerline might be an attempt to serve some such purpose... when the time comes for me to climb a Jacob's ladder to the deck of a merchant ship, however, damn straight I'll be wearing a harness, hopefully attached to a tag line lowered from the ship... :-)
Sounds like the reports of his spending 5 months prepping for this voyage are a bit 'optimistic' ... Here's his account of his FIRST attempt at anchoring, roughly ONE MONTH prior to his departure...
Well, it seems that there are plenty of ways to screw up when I'm learning something new. Two days ago I untied from the dock and headed out in the St Johns river to test my anchoring system. Just getting away from the dock can be challenging but that part went well. I found a suitable spot and lowered the anchor using the electric winch system I had installed. That went well and the anchor, a 44lb Danforth, seemed to set well in the river bottom. Then it was time to assemble my new dinghy which was stored below deck since purchased. I hauled it up to the foredeck, assembled it and launched it over the side after tying a line to it and tying the other end to a stanchion. I then went to the bow to doublecheck the anchoring, turned around in time to see the dinghy floating down the river! My initial impulse was to jump in the river and swim after it but I decided that wasn't a good idea. Long story short, after 3 hours of chasing it in the sailboat I finally retrieved it and all is well. Phew!
Yeah, what could have POSSIBLY gone wrong with this one? :-)
Definitely seems like an interesting character, and he's one tough cookie, no doubt about it... Great attitude, probably just a tad naive about what it might take to best enhance one's chances of a successful solo crossing of the North Atlantic Ocean... :-)