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Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico
For me it is the dog that didn't bark.
Eric has always been quick to post opinions on several forums.
They have been back for some time, the baby is stable. The Kaufman's have not forgotten the internet exists.
If the detractors here were off-base, 30 minutes of time and a quick post here could straighten them all out.
You have the right to plead the fifth, but sometimes it tells the story by itself.
They had not sailed under the conditions one would expect on that passage, and jumped off for 3500 miles of it. This would be akin to never having swam more than 100 feet, and taking off to swim the English Channel. The coast from SD to Mexico, and sailing in the Baja are nothing like the milk run. Not only is their duration (600/3500 mi) different, but the type of sailing, equipment, and stresses on boat and crew are totally different.
Comparing the previously known health issues in this case with ones which occur suddenly like heart attack and appendicitis is apples and oranges. Whether good or bad Medical advice was received, it would be ill advised to leave with anything less than a 100% healthy toddler aboard, given the length of the passage. Any illness will be compounded by seasickness (predictable) and the loss of electrolytes.
Hate to use Miranda twice, but anything you blog can and will be used against you.
Eric had prolific posting habits and opinions on everything, and his silence is deafening.
Had he not been on that side of so many threads, this might be unfair, but....
There are many times when the smartest thing to do on a passage is to heave-to and allow a front to pass, mainly for the comfort of the crew and to save the boat. A couple days hove to on the proper tack could even make progress south while you relaxed, rested, and mended.
I will have to back him up on the fuel issue. Even twice the fuel would not have taken his heavy boat back to Mexico, and counting on an engine to get you to safety in a sailboat is a farce. Having the proper sails and equipment to sail the boat to safety under any conditions is far more reasonable. Many would think it a requirement for such a passage.
I am not calling anyone out, nor demanding he explain, merely pointing out that his silence on the matter is out of place for him. Early on, the supporters on CF kept saying "wait to hear the whole story from him", but it has not materialized. We would all love to hear it from the source. The speculation would come to an immediate halt.