Originally Posted by killarney_sailor
Interesting video, I think it was reasonable to go out for a look and to turn around. They certainly looked like they knew what they were doing and were well in control. There is a big difference between returning because you think the conditions are dangerous and returning because it would be uncomfortable - 47 hours of that would not be fun especially if they had to handsteer. No idea what the autopilot would be on that boat. It looks like a pretty light and lively boat.
I happen to know Justin and Chris, absolutely wonderful people, and very capable sailors... First met them about a dozen years ago when they were living aboard a Valiant 32 in Seattle, and had just returned from a cruise to Mexico... Both are very athletic and fit, having competed in triathlons for years, and such fitness serves them very well when cruising in such a boat...
SHEARWATER is a J-120, they've done some nice videos from their very fast Atlantic passage... Chris obviously has little fear of leaving the cockpit and going forward, and their vids showing reefing in 30-35 knots makes apparent that even with lines led aft, you're gonna have to leave the cockpit eventually... (grin) Justin went with a custom-spec'd NKE autopilot, pretty much the same setup used by the solo RTW sailors in the Vendee and similar events... Very serious, analytical approach to SAILING
- by today's standards, their boat is relatively spartan, and lacks many of the amenities considered to be 'essentials' by most cruising couples today... Very much the same approach applied by Beth Leonard and Evans Starzinger, actually... For those who actually go places, Sailing
still appears to be the top priority...
Originally Posted by chucklesR
I would not have voluntarily left that day. Cruising has no schedule.
In their particular case, it did... They were attempting to deliver the boat to Gibraltar to meet a ship, and have the boat shipped back to the States...
Makes their decision to return seem even wiser and more considered in hindsight, others might have been blinded by the perceived need to meet the schedule...