Knockdowns are the fault of oversailing! What rubbish.
Obviously said by someone who has not experienced one.
I would say that I am the most overcautious sailor you can ever find. Mainly that I can't swim, therefore I have the best reason in the world to stay onboard.
We were approaching a land fall and had 3 reefs
in the main, smallest jib
possible hanked on in 20knots of breeze, when we looked out to starboard and saw a rogue wave
which looked like a surf break approaching, just had time to release the main and hang on. A knockdown, it was all over in a few seconds. Our friends following in their yacht a hundred or so metres astern saw it all and couldn'r believe it. They were still in a slightly lumpy sea.
No big deal.
And as for the constant military references
on this thread, once again I say rubbish.
There are plenty of instances of 16 year olds fighting in the second world war and speaking from experience there are many an 18 year old wondering what the hell they are doing there also. It is only later in life that I and others I associate with realize how many dumb things we did and how little thought we gave to actually being killed. I now wish that when going into battle it could be like in the old days, kings, generals and politicians in the front line leading the troops. Now that would end the majority of wars.
Abbys sin from MHO was the wrong boat, and I agree with the comment that if she had the right boat, she had the skills to complete the journey. This doesn't mean that I agree with dangerous record
Fine line between "reckless and well thought out and planned."