No one here is saying that going to the rescue is a bad thing... just that it shouldn't have been necessary in the first place.
Ok, you guys have the right of it! Anyone not doing it your way and to your approval needs to sink and no one should risk anything to rescue them!
Please show me where sailing experience is needed to listen to a bunch of folks talking and acting like a bunch of gossipy little old ladies at the laundermat discussing everyone else's lives and how they should have done things. Pulease excuse me if I still jump in to save them if it becomes my turn again. Please do not blame that choice on the victim I am trying to save in anyway, whether or not I come back! I choose. Me. The people being used to support the idea that having to rescue folks is wrong in this thread evidently believed as I do, and I am very glad there are still folks out there that save the rest of us idiots when we do something stupid. BS dishonors their memory.
The subject of the OP had no business being out there at all—and you don't have the experience to speak about what they should and shouldn't have done IMHO.
Like I said before, let the one that never did anything stupid please throw the first stone.
BTW, I've done plenty of stupid things, like trying to point out the error of your ways... but none of my mistakes have required me to ask someone else to risk themselves to bail me out—I did that all by myself.
By the way, I have my aluminum dinghy, a Puffer, and maybe a Y-flyer. I still have not sailed even once that I know of. I went and picked up the oars and mast for the Puffer today. I expect it's first time on the water with me in it will be a rowing/fishing day. I have to make a new boom and sails after repairing the hull completely.
So you have ZERO sailing experience to draw on to make your blanket statements.
The biggest complaint I have with you and the BS you've been spouting in this thread is that you don't know ***** about sailing, have never done it, and yet, you're encouraging the stupid behavior of this idiot—which is likely the same behavior that will get sailing legislated by the nanny state that is government.
For the record, I would not try what this guy did in a boat I did not know by heart and trust completely without backup. I just don't insist that other folks do things my way. All I see is a youngun that stuck his neck out and got spanked. Now he will ask questions that some of you can answer, if you are willing. A lot of the time younguns can't accept the answers until they have seen the questions. Even a bigger percentage of the time when you are discussing a young man that has been trained to think and act depending on his own skills to survive. Seems some of you have forgotten youth and being bulletproof!
Yes, you need to occasionally take risks when sailing...but you gotta know the rules before you can break them. Look at Webb Chiles, who Still points out.... I've had the pleasure of meeting Webb, as he lived up here in Beantown up until a few years ago. He's a gentleman, and no, I doubt he'd have pushed the button, but he wouldn't have done something so foolish IMHO either. He had been sailing for SIX YEARS before attempting his first circumnavigation.
You've got to remember that he sailed in several boats on his four circumnavigations... one was an Ericson that had a serious hull leak, one was actually two 18' Drascombe Lugger open sailing dinghies—the second being a replacement after the first was consfiscated in Egypt, and he did scuttle one boat, Resurgam, 12 miles or so off the coast of Florida, and ended up being rescued by a fishing boat.
The point about Joshua Slocum is not really all that accurate. Joshua Slocum made sailing around the world sound pretty simple, but he RE-BUILT SPRAY HIMSELF, from the bottom up. He had years of seagoing experience and forgot more about sailing than most of us will ever know.
I know this fellow will evoke a lot of emotion also...but one has to wonder if he would have even pressed the mommy button as some have apply called it even if he had one at the time.
I get the gut feeling of no...
After reading a lot of his web site and watching a number of his videos
I hope our friend Ronnie takes just a few minutes to read how much worse things could still get before his next decision plays out whatever he decides to do.
If not... most of his circumnavigation may be aboard freighters I'm afraid.. and that would be sad indeed.