so the truth is that the capacity (as confirmed by VMRC) is 10; all safety regulations were complied with; no one "drunk"--no indication at all (and, yes, I have personal knowledge); a few beers by some, but not all--and that over a 4-5 hour period BEFORE even getting on the boat; no cutting up. Just 10 people on a pretty small boat.
maybe the operator moved away from the rudder to let someone access the back to use the bathroom? maybe all on board weren't familiar with boats, the rudder--and maybe someone pushed the rudder hard to the side. this boat doesn't have a deep keel; it went over quickly. cold water, dark, a long time trying to right it. good kids; not one of them a drain on society; all working and on their own, not robbing your houses or drunk-driving and killing your kids; or sucking up welfare money that will cheat you out of social security; all with families and dreams. No one can ultimately fight the cold; tread water and swim while trying to help a weaker swimmer and if you're a lean healthy person the cold is going to eventually get you. Is that survival of the fittest? it's exactly the opposite. if the fit had swam for it and forgot about the others, they would probably be here to tell the story. they could've done everything right but cold is cold and the best of us can't fight biology.
why such negative assumptions? how would you like to read some of these comments about someone you loved? who said they were drunk or worthless? all they really did is go out for a late night sail on a beautiful night--and, yea, they didn't actually have the lifevests
I've accidentally pushed a rudder to the side many times but had someone nearby who corrected; i know all of us have done a lot more careless things, probably every single day-- so maybe it's all just luck; terrible luck; one second of a decision that ended badly.
most of the people i know in the sailing community seem so laid back and peaceful; a nice attitude toward life and living. some of these posts are meanspirited--very surprising. hope there's karma