Crap happens. And it can be really crappy at times.
"Initial reports from mainstream media" are pretty astounding when you think for a second this is a remote reef on the other side of the world. Maybe the folks reporting this bit of info are not stupid or lying. Perhaps the boat was not photoshopped and actually ran onto the reef as described.
I was simply pointing out that initial reports from the mainstream media are often misleading, rarely paint a complete picture of what occurred, and are often related by reporters or writers with little first-hand understanding of sailing or offshore voyaging…
In this account, for instance, I do not know of many distance cruisers who would apply the term “a long but successful voyage” to one that ended with the loss of the boat on a reef… No more than a real pilot would describe a flight as “successful”, right up to that crash upon landing… (grin)
The mainstream media has the extraordinary capability of spreading any story far and wide in a virtual instant, but that by no means is a guarantee of accuracy, or completeness… I’ve seen accidents on protected bodies of water, or an estuary like Chesapeake Bay, attributed to “a rogue wave”, for instance… The initial reports of the loss of RULE 62 described the event as a “capsize… after being smashed by a giant wave…” , as if it were a single, instantaneous “accident”… Of course, that is a highly misleading description of the totality of the tragedy, the absence of the overall context and chain of events needed for a fuller understanding of what really happened, and how easily it could have been avoided…
All this is understandable, of course, it’s unreasonable to expect all the relevant facts to be assembled immediately… That was all I was suggesting, there’s little point in making judgments until the picture becomes more complete, and hopefully filled in by sources with perhaps a deeper understanding of sailing/voyaging…
I'd love to know who these folks are, where to send some encouragement, and if a couple bucks will help them out. Crap happens, the folks on that boat do not need to be reminded of that central fact of life.
For anyone looking to help out a fellow sailor after the loss of their boat, these folks sure sound like they could use some help, as well… A few bucks better spent than buying someone a pizza, perhaps:
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