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Re: Woman Missing – A warning to Newbies.

I just finished scanning all the news on her ....must agree with Smack and others that there is much more to this than has been written thus far.

..without saying anything about her state of mind she did not appear physically conditioned and without some serious time learning the boat and the rig and reef lines and scads of other things it is hard to imagine a person ten years younger being anything but severely taxed by the challenges of soloing an unfamiliar boat off that coast in the weather they were having. If she needed to attend to anything forward...she'd need to be able to set the autopilot one or two basics like that go bad and it's mission critical in a heartbeat. Anyway I hope the wreckage turns out not to be her boat and she is found alive.....
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Re: Woman Missing – A warning to Newbies.

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Ehhh, not sure about this on my end...

However I know plenty of men, older and younger, who would do bone headed things like this without thinking twice (a few are actually friends who I am contemplating buying a life insurance policy on), the type who know all there is to know about pretty much everything. The type who tell you that if they hit a little squall they don't need reef points they can just start the motor and get away from that lee shore, and besides they are good swimmers even without PFD's
Wasn't saying there aren't dumb risk takers out there. And anyway, as noted, this story seems to have more to it.

Forgetting all the oddities of this story, I was simply responding to the blanket statement that it is "unusual" for wife to sail the boat home while husband takes the car. That just does not raise any red flags for me, but again, maybe it's an age thing.
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Re: Woman Missing – A warning to Newbies.

No body yet? Huh.
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Re: Woman Missing – A warning to Newbies.

So basically an elderly woman in moderate to poor physical condition with practically no sailing experience took a boat she had never sailed before offshore single-handed in foul-weather and is now missing?

I am sorry but Darwin has theories regarding people like this.
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So basically an elderly woman
Hey! What's with this "elderly" bit? She was only 4 years older than me.

Damned kids got no respect.
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Re: Woman Missing – A warning to Newbies.

I think there was a zombie in the forward anchor locker in hibernation. They do that in order to conserve energy. Once the boat left the dock and started rocking the zombie woke up hungry, left the anchor locker and proceeded to dine in the cockpit. Now no one
is left to handle the boat and it runs up on the rocks. That is my theory.
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Re: Woman Missing – A warning to Newbies.

I guess she should have invited Seaboy to come along...

Im buying a big boat! But i have never sailed
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Re: Woman Missing – A warning to Newbies.

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Wasn't saying there aren't dumb risk takers out there. And anyway, as noted, this story seems to have more to it.

Forgetting all the oddities of this story, I was simply responding to the blanket statement that it is "unusual" for wife to sail the boat home while husband takes the car. That just does not raise any red flags for me, but again, maybe it's an age thing.
I personally wouldn't let MY wife attempt this. I can hire a driver to move the car for 20quid, and at least come along so she has someone to go forward in case it is needed.

Personaly I wouldn't have even attempted this myself without a couple of experienced hired crew. (maybe another captain along as backup). This is the time of year you can get pounded up there.
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Re: Woman Missing – A warning to Newbies.

I've been following the story, it stinks from top to bottom, what new/inexperienced sailor would head out at dark in a storm..????
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Re: Woman Missing – A warning to Newbies.

This isn't about inexperience at all. I think this story comes down two three possibilities. 1. Murder, 2. Suicide, or 3. Life insurance fraud... My money is on the third.
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