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Captain Ross, you sir, have an obligation, to all sailors, to explain what happened out there. You sir are responsible to explain exactly what you encountered and why you reacted as you did. Your failure to do so is an affront to us all.

You have got to be kidding me. He is under no obligation to submit before the Court of Public Opinion for a "virtual lynching" over the internet. You can bet your a$$ that I won't be sumitting a report to you if I ever have a mishap.

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Get real. In no way do I beleive he should explain that here. The only person/ entity he is responsible to is any legal entity investigating this or his own maker. If he has any type of conscience he is distraught overe the possible contributions he made willingly or not to the death of one of his crew. He will have to live with that himself.

Leocat66 he has no obligation to you, me or other sailors in this matter. I do not want to hear your ameteur criticisms or Monday morning quarterbacking of what happened.

This thread has had many knowlegeable contributors which has helped myself and others in thinking of what to do to prevent this situation/ scenario and how to handle it if we got into a similar fix. You are not one of them and your rant would serve as no learning experience to myself.

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Actually, the one and only group of people the captain of Rule 62 does owe an explanation to is the lost crew member's family. They are the ones who deserve an explanation of his thoughts and reasoning that led to the death of their loved one.

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I guess next in line would be me.......

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until someone that was there comments,, i believe we have 57 pages of opinions, comments, and speculations... good judgments make the marina most often,,, bad judgments make the marinas but sometimes the news... for one to say what should have been done , without being there,,, that one,,, then,,, could predict to all what should be done...
Since the people that were there are mute, and Laura can't speak anymore, the next people in line would be the people that came after the disaster, the rescuers and the people who spoke with them right after the ordeal. I was so upset over this mishap that I sailed to the Abacos, interviewed the people who participated in rescuing the husband, wife and the guy from Maine. What happened was tragic to say the least; whatever happened to: "the captain goes down with the ship"?? This captain did not go down with the ship and he is no hero. In fact his ship did not go down. It lost its keel, rudder and mast but still was afloat. It had a throw ring and line to throw to Laura who was caught outside the breakers. Does anyone know that piece of information??? She was heard screaming for help outside the breakers. Does anyone know that piece of information??? While the captain owes us nothing, I stand by my previous statement: There is one person to blame and that person is the captain because he used poor judgement coming into a cut in the the Abacos at night and in a rage. Period.
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I'm in the Caribbean at present and over the last month or so I've had the opportunity to speak on two separate occasions with several people who participated in the 1500 this year. I was told two things that I don't think have been mentioned in the thread thusfar.

First, apparently (and I say apparently because my information is at least second hand, and perhaps third or fourth...), at least some of the crew of Rule 62 were very sea sick for several days before the grounding. In addition, at least one of the crew was suffering significant emotional distress such that the two medical doctors who were at sea with the fleet and who were in communication with Rule 62 were (as described to me) very concerned with the emotional state of one crew member. (Note: I did not speak with the MDs, so this information may be second/third/fourth hand from people who did speak with them after the rally).

If true, the above would indicate that the skipper had more to deal with than your average case of "mal de mer". If you've ever been on a boat offshore when someone is freaking out (and I have), you'll know that it's a serious, perhaps life threatening, situation in itself. The divert to the Bahamas may have been more than a case of a tired crew seeking comfort, but rather the most expeditious means of dealing with a severly stressed, emotionally distressed crew member.

Second, I have it from two different sources in separate conversations that the evening Rule 62 went aground that one of the women aboard the boat (no one knows which one) reported to the evening radio net words to the effect that "We've arrived" or "We're here". Obviously, the report was premature and perhaps what the radio operator intended to convey was that the boat had arrived off the coast, and perhaps was about to enter the cut. That said, both the people I spoke with intrepreted the report from Rule 62 as meaning that they had safely arrived in the Bahamas. This addresses the concerns that some have expressed regarding the responsibility, if any, the rally organizers may have had in this affair. Techinally, Rule 62 left the rally several days before they went aground when they announced that they were dropping out and heading for the Bahamas. I was told that the rally staff at sea encouraged them to continue on, but that it was their decision to make. The fact that Rule 62 continued to be followed on the radio net after they dropped out, and that they made a report which multiple sources intrepreted as meaning they had safely arrived, I think pretty much absolves the rally organizers from any responsibility for what happened.

On a happier note, I'm looking forward next week to the visit of our august SN contributor, Bene505. Brad and his wife are coming down for a few days in the sun and you can rest assured that we will not be running any reef cuts at night. I can absolutely guarantee that at sunset each night we will have the hook in the sand, a rum drink in hand, and eyes peeled for a green flash.
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Crazy stuff!

So who else has been at sea with someone going crazy? How do you console/control them?

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Dealing with a crew ....losing it emotionally at sea

I try and calm them down using logic, weatherfaxes and reminding them what they signed: a crew agreement. My agreement states that they would absorb all costs related to a major passage detour. This would include, but not only limited to, marina costs, food, fuel, captains time $400/day etc etc. Somehow they find a way of coping until we reach our original destination.
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I'm in the Caribbean at present and over the last month or so I've had the opportunity to speak on two separate occasions with several people who participated in the 1500 this year. I was told two things that I don't think have been mentioned in the thread thusfar.

First, apparently (and I say apparently because my information is at least second hand, and perhaps third or fourth...), at least some of the crew of Rule 62 were very sea sick for several days before the grounding. In addition, at least one of the crew was suffering significant emotional distress such that the two medical doctors who were at sea with the fleet and who were in communication with Rule 62 were (as described to me) very concerned with the emotional state of one crew member. (Note: I did not speak with the MDs, so this information may be second/third/fourth hand from people who did speak with them after the rally).

If true, the above would indicate that the skipper had more to deal with than your average case of "mal de mer". If you've ever been on a boat offshore when someone is freaking out (and I have), you'll know that it's a serious, perhaps life threatening, situation in itself. The divert to the Bahamas may have been more than a case of a tired crew seeking comfort, but rather the most expeditious means of dealing with a severly stressed, emotionally distressed crew member.

Second, I have it from two different sources in separate conversations that the evening Rule 62 went aground that one of the women aboard the boat (no one knows which one) reported to the evening radio net words to the effect that "We've arrived" or "We're here". Obviously, the report was premature and perhaps what the radio operator intended to convey was that the boat had arrived off the coast, and perhaps was about to enter the cut. That said, both the people I spoke with intrepreted the report from Rule 62 as meaning that they had safely arrived in the Bahamas. This addresses the concerns that some have expressed regarding the responsibility, if any, the rally organizers may have had in this affair. Techinally, Rule 62 left the rally several days before they went aground when they announced that they were dropping out and heading for the Bahamas. I was told that the rally staff at sea encouraged them to continue on, but that it was their decision to make. The fact that Rule 62 continued to be followed on the radio net after they dropped out, and that they made a report which multiple sources intrepreted as meaning they had safely arrived, I think pretty much absolves the rally organizers from any responsibility for what happened.

On a happier note, I'm looking forward next week to the visit of our august SN contributor, Bene505. Brad and his wife are coming down for a few days in the sun and you can rest assured that we will not be running any reef cuts at night. I can absolutely guarantee that at sunset each night we will have the hook in the sand, a rum drink in hand, and eyes peeled for a green flash.
Wow - thanks for the update BR. This explains a lot - even if it's second hand info.

Enjoy the rum - and get some video of that green flash will you?


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Get real. In no way do I beleive he should explain that here. The only person/ entity he is responsible to is any legal entity investigating this or his own maker. If he has any type of conscience he is distraught overe the possible contributions he made willingly or not to the death of one of his crew. He will have to live with that himself.

Leocat66 he has no obligation to you, me or other sailors in this matter. I do not want to hear your ameteur criticisms or Monday morning quarterbacking of what happened.

This thread has had many knowlegeable contributors which has helped myself and others in thinking of what to do to prevent this situation/ scenario and how to handle it if we got into a similar fix. You are not one of them and your rant would serve as no learning experience to myself.

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Dave, you must be related to the Captain in question. You are right, he has absolutely no obligation to explain his actions or lack thereof to anyone here or on any forum. That said, explaining your actions, which had the ultimate result would be that which is called character, which is apparently sadly lacking with Captain Ross. Sadly, his silence, has produced this Monday Morning Quarterbacking. Many have gone before him, and have caused the death or injury of others and have had the character to explain what happened so that others could be cautioned.

I for one would like to hear Captain Ross give his account. He may be a man who did all in his power, with his experience, to make the best decisions under the circumstances. Instead of that we are left to assume the worst about him. As a result of his silence he will be tried here and every place else, and will be judged guilty by most.

You are very rude to suggest that my or anyone else's opinion is amateur and that you alone are intelligent enough to have valid professional questions or statements or opinions on this issue.

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Sounds like YOU tried him and found him guilty. As for me, I think what you wrote is silliness.
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