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Re: Mutiny at Dawn - Transpac Race 2013
RD may have made the mistake of not bailing on this rag-tag bunch before the start of the race (and THAT was a pretty serious mistake), HOWEVER, it is the skipper of the boat who is ultimately responsible for ALL the problems in this case:
- The skipper didn't properly prepare the boat
- The skipper didn't assemble an adequate crew for such a race
- The skipper didn't properly provision the boat
- The skipper didn't have the experience to be the skipper of a boat sailing 2000+ miles of open ocean
- The skipper (apparently) has absolutely no management skills (his ownership of a mediocre sushi bar notwithstanding)
Yes, RD may have been in over his head with respect to flying a spinnaker, but it was the skipper's responsibility to make sure that the crew could handle the sails. The skipper totally lost control of the situation because he could neither sail the boat himself, nor bring himself to handing over that responsibility to someone who could do so.
I don't think a lawsuit or complaint to the labor relations board is going to accomplish anything (other than just cause more grief and frustration). But writing up a concise, not-too-nasty article/letter to Latitude38 will almost certainly go a long way toward keeping "Harry" from roping another inexperienced crew into another such "adventure". Lat38 is THE sailing rag on the West Coast, and they often publish such letters. The editor may not agree with RD on everything, and subsequent letters are likely to be as diverse (and nasty) as some of the stuff here. But such a letter will get the word out.
Never forget them. Do something to prevent it from happening again.
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Last edited by SlowButSteady; 08-02-2013 at 08:35 PM.