Originally Posted by Capt Phil
Just read this thread from the beginning and I really feel that those detractors are full of it!
Until you have lived through a Force 10 with 30+feet of white water, spindrift off the tops blasting so hard it hurts and no chance of another vessel seeing you and unable to call for help, alone and scared spitless, I don't think you are qualified to judge anything but a squirrel race.
Well, except for the fact that the sailor himself was quite candid about his inexperience, his "contrarian nature" that only emboldened him to undertake this voyage despite advice against doing so from more experienced sailors, and that by his own estimate (lacking any wind
instruments aboard), what he likely experienced was Force 8 conditions at most... (discounting the likelihood of such an inexperienced sailor to overestimate the severity of the conditions he was experiencing for the first time, of course )
I remember referring to the guy's Facebook page in the wake of this incident... Turned out he had performed a 'test' of his anchor
in the days prior to his departure from JAX... That apparently remains the FIRST, and ONLY time
he ever anchored the boat... ;-)
However, one of the most startling aspects of this incident to me, is that a couple of weeks after RUNNING FREE was abandoned, the cruise ship
CELEBRITY SUMMIT encountered her on their return from Bermuda
... A boarding party was dispatched to check for anyone aboard, one can only presume after having contacted the CG first... Wouldn't you think the CG would have had some record
that the boat had been abandoned by a solo sailor shortly before?
And then, after fetching up on the beach on Martha's Vineyard
, authorities STILL remained perplexed about the backstory related to the boat... it was not until a completely random connection was made on someone's freakin' FACEBOOK
page, that the owner was eventually identified, and notified...
Damn, with all these abandoned boats floating around out there these days, you'd think DHS would at least maintain an easily accessible database of abandoned boats to refer to, no?