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Re: Investigation Report on deaths in 2015 Clipper Race
"Clipper Ventures plc has been recommended (2017/107) to review and modify its onboard manning policy and shore-based management procedures so that Clipper yacht skippers are effectively supported, and where appropriate, challenged to ensure safe working practices are maintained continuously on board."
This strikes me as being a step toward anarchy. Who determines "where appropriate" and who then becomes the responsible party?
Those who sail in these kinds of races know and accept the inherent dangers and must trust their captain, to even be aboard. Then they are expected to toss that trust overboard if they think things aren't to their liking?
When push comes to shove, the captain's decisions are the best chance for survival of the vessel and all onboard. If they aren't, then the wrong person was in charge from the beginning.
"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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