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I still cannot understand where this blind, seething, vitriolic loathing of anyone under the age of 18 operating a sailboat came from. It's just mind-boggling to me....
Would you PLEASE point out where ANYONE on this forum has made such a statement? Teenagers, and younger kids operating a sailboat is fine with me. Taking toddlers for a sail on a well crewed boat doesn't even bother me (just ask my three-year-old). I can even see letting an older teenager, or crew of teenagers, sail a boat moderate distances.
HOWEVER, "letting" a teenager attempt a non-stop circumnavigation is completely irresponsible, IMHO. It is just a matter of time before one of these stunts ends tragically. Does anyone remember the fate of Jessica Dubroff?
Also, to compare the dangers of kids driving to school (or wherever) with the dangers of kids bluewater sailing is completely fallacious. Does anyone here really think that the probability of a kid getting killed driving a car comes anywhere close to the probability of a kid dying whilst attempting one of these stunts?
Never forget them. Do something to prevent it from happening again.
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