My only thought was that this guy was really scared and I was wondering how this was clouding his judgment. His boat survived. I wonder could he have hung on for a bit longer and weathered the storm and continued on?
To me this is the real question at hand. I really don't care about the rescue aspect (i.e. - "wasting taxpayer dollars" - blah, blah).
The boat, the primary means of survival, survived the storm (without further human input). So, IMUSO, what happened was that Mee counted the secondary gear (electronics, drogues, etc.) as the primary
means of survival...not the boat. When he lost that stuff, he lost hope. That mentality immediately sucks the "adventurer" juice out of the whole thing. A true, hardcore adventurer would have made do and rode it out.
That said, I consider Mee a pretty hardcore dude. And I fully appreciate that what I'm saying above would have meant he would have had to withstand many, many more rolls of that boat. It was, as he put it, a nightmare.
But the fact that the boat showed up in Ireland proves that his priorities for survival and adventure were in the wrong place...a place that even a casual cruiser puts them. His faith in his boat was virtually nil. It was about the external safety net. And for a sailor, especially an "extreme" sailor, that's embarrassing.
If there's ever a documentary or reality series, it should be about "Little Murka"
- not Dom Mee. That little boat had the real adventure - and deserves all the acclaim.
(PS - Another thing that amazed me was how quiet and calm it seemed inside the cabin.)