I feel your pain, this must have been a terrible experince for you.
I don't mean to come across as critical and its always easier when your not the other guy, but why the need to "Get there"? I fall into the same trap on many an occasion. The "I gotta get there idis" will get you every time. Could you not have dropped the hook, waited it out, and called your friends to let them know your intentions were to stay put till it blew over? If need be stay all night? Get some sleep and try again when the weather is more favorable? Did you carry Food and water for emergincies? Back up hand held radio? Gps? Spare AA batteries? Do you have a dry bag?
Please don't take what I say the wrong way. I was not there, I am not in your shoes, I have no idea what I would have done.
Just maybe pointing out some things for the next time your sailing 200miles and I do hope you get out there real soon. All the best to you.
Courtney is My Hero
If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most - E.B. White
Last edited by sailortjk1; 06-25-2009 at 11:50 AM.