Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: North Carolina
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Smack....Thanks for posting
Drake....I think you did a great job. In handling the situation. And in being open enough to share the good and bad. It would be easy to have skipped your screw-ups and only presented the good stuff. That's what most people would do, but we arm chair sailors, newbies, and wantabes learn most from the screw-ups. As to screw-ups, we all make them...not checking out the windvane carefully before hand, not having stopper knots in sheets, not having a ditch bag ready, and having an accidental jib with preventer failure...were yours, but if we were all truthful, each of us have done similar things or worse.
In my opinion, you did the right thing to undertake the tow....yes, there was potential for damage and injury. But it would take a cold hearted person to leave a disabled vessel at sea, or put the other captain in the position that if he wanted rescue, he would have to lose/abandon his vessel.
I looked at Drake's boat in the videos, and to me, it seemed well built and equipped, and well maintained and outfitted. Better than many that I see undertaking open water passages.
Cha Cha Skipper....something doesn't square here. Great glowing credentials, but undertakes a long open water passage with no money and in a boat in disrepair. The term "Big hat and no cattle" seems to fit him.
We Posters......For those of us who have been critical of Drake's actions, I wonder if we aren't in a state of self denial. Maybe we don't want to own up to the fact that fatique takes a massy toll when single handing for days around the clock and still believe we would keep a clear mind and be fully functional. Maybe we are saying to ourselves, Drake's difficulties come from errors that I don't make and that I would have done better in the situation. But aren't we kidding ourselves? And if we kid ourselves thus, we haven't learned a thing.