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Re: Mutiny at Dawn - Transpac Race 2013
Hi everyone. I'm the "Jake" in rockDAWG's narrative. Just wanted to say for now that it's really, really nice to see such an outpouring of interest in this. It gives me hope that this nasty story can serve a purpose.
I'm embarrassed it's taken me this long to check this out. This was such a wretched adventure I've just sort of fled in the opposite direction and preferred not to think about this too much. But now I'm ready to dive in and talk about it… and try to do something about it, too, maybe help others avoid similar dire situations.
They say hell is other people. In this case, nothing could be truer. The weather was fine, the wind good (or would have been IF our incompetent skipper had listened to us and followed it), the ocean gorgeous, and it would have been a fun first major crossing for me. What crazy luck that my first such experience would be almost unprecedented in its nastiness.
What rockDAWG writes is all true. Also, I want to add that he's a fantastic partner to have on a crew, even under the worst (the WORST) conditions—great at many things, great company, always ready with a (sometimes good) joke.
More about that later. Shortly I'll have some details to add to this story for those who want them—more about the weather routing part of it, about the Transpac committee's total unresponsiveness and refusal to do the least thing to help us, about the insane dynamic between "Harry" and "Jane," about "Sheryl," about my own coping mechanisms under these insane circumstances, and bits and bobs about everything else.