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Re: Mutiny at Dawn - Transpac Race 2013
Just got back to this thread after having been gone for a couple of days. Several posters have written the same things that I thought when I originally read the story. I've raced on over 60 boats in my life and have done a lot of long distance racing. Not all have been pleasant for sure but this story is the perfect storm of over inflated egos with unrealistic expectations combining for a near disaster.
1.Taking an 86 old woman on a long distance race. Who does that? My 89 year old mom is in pretty good shape but no way is she coming with us on any serious race much less a Transpac. You signed up for that? Huge red flag when looking at a boat to crew on. Not because she is an 86 year old woman, but because the skipper is o'k with that. It speaks volumes about the mindset of the skipper.
2. You have no experience with a spinnaker and you sign on for the Transpac? Can someone be that naive? The Transpac is usually all downwind, what do you think you will be doing with a 4 person crew? Epic fail on part of Rockdawg is assessing the situation.
3. Calling the Navy. Do you think they are going to take 2 able crew off a civilian boat and leave 2 people with an 86 year old woman to fend for themselves mid ocean? You are nuts if you even think that would happen. What is the captain of the Navy vessel to do. Take all the crew off and sink the vessel?
4. Obviously the owner is native Japanese, by your surname you appear to be ethnic Chinese or Korean. Any cultural bias there? RD's comment on lack of English language skills by the owner might be a clue.
5. Was the boat prepared for the RACE? First question RD should have asked was how many chutes on board. On a mostly downwind race of this magnitude I would think that you would have at least 3. Big red flag for anyone who has done any racing at all.
6. Why would you sign up for a long distance race with only 3 other able bodies. Flying the chute in the conditions that can be expected requires a watch of 4. One person on the guy, one on the main, one trimmer. and one helmsman. You rotate every hour. Do yourself a favor, go rent the movie Morning Light and you might get clue. Bottom line you needed 8 crew, all who had decent racing skills to be even close to being competitive or even to finish within the time limit.
Posting your story on the internet? Are you nuts? You signed up for a race without doing due diligence. You got into a bad situation and freaked out. The skipper freaked out. The best thing to do was to learn from the experience, thank your lucky stars that you didn't get hurt or worse, and move on. Blasting your skipper, no matter how incompetent, idiotic, abusive, and/or linguistically challenged he is, is just plain stupid. Legal action? Do you think any sane skipper would ever want you for crew after this?
RD, if you want to do any offshore racing as a crew in the future, delete your posts, sign up for some more local point to point races as crew, develop all around skills, and most importantly, learn from your mistakes. The owner that you sailed with is most likely learning from his or will on his return trip back to the mainland.
Last edited by Sanduskysailor; 08-02-2013 at 01:31 PM.