What I heard, was "my kid's life was in danger and I had to press the EPIRB because the sat phone stopped working and I couldn't consult with the doc"
The consequence of that is to abandon your boat when they come for you.
And the pararescue guys had a sat phone and brought medical skills and the youngster was stabilized and transferred to an FF...and then the Captain decided to scuttle his boat rather than sail it to safety.
I have no issue with his decision making. Only he knows his full rationale and his skills and the true condition of his boat...but the decision to scuttle was AFTER the medical danger to his daughter had passed and the sat phone's operability was not an issue.
But he is the guy who blogged that the only reason he had the sat phone was it was needed for his work.
And he did have HF equipment that failed due to salt water intrusion (apparently) that could also have been used for off-board advice...and he was responsible for that failure.
So while I don't question his decision making at sea I do question his decision to try to assign all the blame for his outcome on inability to make a sat phone call.
He was the Captain. He made all the decisions regarding that voyage from boat to equipment and equipage to date and time of departure to repair practices to navigation to sail selection and courses to steer to sailing with youngsters and crew who recently required medical attention.
And the inference is that "if only we had an operable sat phone the voyage would have been successful"...which I find ludicrous.
More likely the sat phone failure saved their lives. If it had continued to work they may have continued on their merry way until the boat's deck disintegrated (Elmer's glue as a wood filler?)...the interior of the boat was waterlogged...all electrical power was lost...fresh water was exhausted...and they were impelled to rely on EPIRB and AMVER because they were out of range of the Cal Natl Guard.