"At around 7 a.m., a member of the sailing vessel Sanctuary contacted the Coast Guard, telling watchstanders that they had taken several large breaking waves over the bow, had lost power and were slowly taking on water, the release said.
The crew member said the crew had life jackets on, but their life raft had washed overboard."
If one is undertaking an Atlantic crossing, shouldn't one expect to take breaking waves over the bow?
Shouldn't one be prepared to make the voyage without power?
Shouldn't one be prepared to use the manual bilge pump or even buckets to deal with taking on water slowly?
Isn't it normal to expect to encounter these conditions - 40 knot winds, breaking waves, water slowly entering the vessel - when one sails across the Atlantic?
So, if you encounter storm conditions and lose your liferaft, it's time to issue the Mayday call?
As a professional armchair sailor, after reading a number of these accounts, it seems as if some captains simply give up too easily, lose their nerve, and take the easy way out.
10-30-2011 05:20 AM
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