But beyond that, I am a trial lawyer and if two people write out a truthful account of an incident, I can pick it apart like you did and make it look like they are lying.
Well, IANAL, nor do I think they were lying. Memory is malleable, after all. Now, sprinkle that with a good dose of embellishment, and you end up with inconsistencies. What I was primarily focusing upon, was that rock wrote this bit:
Jake reminded Harry to top off the water tanks but he left the dock anyway to head to the starting point.
on Day zero. Importantly, he explicitly stated his account was his "daily log
Here is my daily log while on board a 2002 Jeanneau 43 DS on on route from Long Beach, CA to Diamond Head, Honolulu, HI during the 2013 Transpac Race.
and that the notes were written while en route.
My post is directly coming from my notepad in my iPhone. It is not written as a book, but rather a note to myself to remind me the key fact during my voyage to Hawaii.
So, by his account, rock, at the very least, knew the captain had not topped off the tanks when they headed to the start line.
What I, personally, believe, is that they started panicking around the time they decided to call the CG, Navy, etcetera. Considering the already explosive dynamics, I think all of them (as in both captain and crew
) worked themselves up into a frenzy that resulted in the violence that erupted on day 12. In other words, that day is when everything boiled over... frustration, anger, resentment, etcetera.
By the time Rock & Jake come here to post their account, they hold the strong belief that their lives were actually in imminent danger, when in reality, the psycho-social dynamics were the real issue.
And this, imho, is the lesson to be learned.
Yes, knowing how to sail, fly a kite, provision, etcetera, is important. Of course it is. However, the psycho-social dynamics are important as well.
We know that harry did fine on the two San Diego to Puerto Vallarta races. Came in first on the cat and second on aquarius, iirc. And that is with the confirmation that he is a yeller, has no spinnaker experience, is a PIA, etcetera. We also know that Randy sailed with him, as crew, both times. And that the primary reason he chose not to sail with him this time is bc he was asked to trade one of his crew for the 86 year old mother-in-law.
What that says to me is that, with the right crew and right psycho-social dynamics, this trip could have been, at the very least successful as opposed to the DNF.
What I see throughout the tale, as told by both rock and jake, is a trip that involved a power struggle that began before they boarded the boat. And part of that power struggle involved beginning with speculating and then escalating the imminent danger scenario to that end. Such that, by the time they called the CG, etcetera, they truly believed they were in imminent danger.
This is not to suggest, or in any way imply, that it was planned. Rather, the recognition that this captain was incompetent and resulting lack of respect played a role in the overall tension and, over time, resentment, thereby setting the tone, trajectory, and outcome. It is important to note here, that this process would not be something that was necessarily conscious.
Which is why, to my mind, outside of the obvious, not getting on the boat in the first place, the Q to be pondered is, how does one work within this sort of environ to mitigate, rather than exacerbate this minefield of a situation?
I suspect that the answer will differ due to individual personalities and characteristics. However, I do think it is worthwhile to consider. Even for those who think they'd never actually find themselves in such a position.
Eta ~ the psycho-social dynamics is precisely why I find this thread interesting.