Without getting into too much thread drift about a subject that's been beaten to death in many forums
, I would like to withhold judgment on Wild Eyes' abandonment and whether the skipper
was adequately prepared to sail the boat and deal with the abandonment in a seamanlike fashion.
Although the captain
of a boat is expected to make good decisions and take full responsibility for her decisions, we have known unfortunate exceptions even among supposedly experienced and mature adults.
And, even though a skipper
shouldn't have to be heavily dependent upon outside guidance for basic decisions, it may be that Abby's decisions were made following her father's orders. And yes, if someone is to be allowed to sail around the world, she should have the skill and maturity to make her own decisions -- but that's not always how it works.