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Re: Words to the wise!
We'd read this earlier in the day, and it was a pretty sobering account to me.
In my experience of being capsized three times in a tropical cyclone off Fiji, we had many similar experiences, but our pumps were fouled by can labels instead of books, a fuel tank split open, etc. but essentially the interior was every bit as messed up as she described. We'd lost our dink as well, but there was no lifeline out there, back then. It was on us to save the boat and survive.
I've read a lot of 'abandon ship' yachtie stories and most seem overly dramatic and mostly written as justification for leaving a boat because they were terrified, not because they really had to. And perhaps with their skill level, they really did need to abandon that boat at that time. But this story rings true of the agony of having to abandon your boat/home/life and dreams.
Like the captain of Kelaerin, I've always said that I wouldn't leave the boat until I had to step up into the liferaft, but this story kinda shook my certainty, even though I've survived a similar incident. I was under 30 back then, not over 70. So, let's hope I never get in that position again, as once is truly enough, IMO.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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