This is not an official enquiry. This is a voluntary discussion by the captain
of the vessel that was abandoned open to all, and as such hard questions have been asked.
With it NOT being an official enquiry, absolutes do not have to assessed. There is no material evidence to examine. The boat has gone. There is recollection and notes made and a series of events
recorded, which all came together in the known outcome.
I have read and re read this thread several times. I have discussed with experienced professional mariners the actions they would have taken in certain conditions, and they agreed independently on certain tactics and methodology.
I have 'some' boat building experience, but also asked professionals who are experts in their field what they thought. I found out my surmises were wrong…
One of my colleagues here gave a medical
opinion regarding childrens illnesses and quoted percentages based on studies. It is not my place to agree or disagree, but merely to consider what I would do in making my choice and whether or not his comments would affect my choice.
I looked at the preparations made to make the boat ready for a world cruise
. I looked at the captains sailing experience and I looked at the crew members who would be on this trip.
I am responsible for my life. Part of the natural survival instinct for man, is to evaluate situations that we voluntarily place ourselves in.
Even before ANY voyage begins, and I am crew, I ask myself some questions.
[*]How much experience does a Captain
have in handling boats? [*]How much experience does he have in undertaking the particular cruising that is being proposed. [*]What kind of personality is he or she. [*]Is there arrogance on display. [*]How much planning for the worst scenario has been undertaken?
And the big one........ Do I trust this person based on everything I know with my life?
Im not going to place a judgement on what went wrong in the events
that unfolded. I dont know what really happened. This discussion did not answer any of the questions.
It is not unknown for humans to be economical with the truth, be it personally or in order to survive the rest of their life, its just the way it is. As humans we lie to ourselves more than we lie to others, and that is a whole other subject in itself.
Eric has explained from his perspective what happened. It may or may not be the whole truth. It however, is his truth and he will stand by it because that is what he sees. We have to take him at his explanation because as Rich Borens said, "he was there".
For the rest of us, with our experience of life, our abilities, our individual expertise, our suspicions of circumstance, our natures....... we will form an independent opinion based on all we have observed. It may be wrong, but it is where we will stand.
Im not seeing the outcome of this trip as the ‘problem’. It was the end of a series of events that started a long time ago.
Even though Eric did everything "RIGHT" in the combination and circumstances at the end, it didn’t matter.
Some decisions and attitudes lead a person down a path that are only one way. There are no “if onlys” and “ I could have done it except for………..’ You get one shot at this life thing and you gotta make a choice.
I don’t know Eric the same I don’t know people I read about in books
or watch on TV. I see actions and results of actions. It doesn’t affect ME in any way. It does however make me think about attitudes, motivation, personality and preparation, and how MY projects and outcome depends on these things.
Unless we learn to be totally honest about ourselves and our real abilities, which are much MORE than whatever situation we find ourselves in (boat handling or knowing seafaring protocol aside) - the lesson will not have been learned and will happen again and again.
9 out 0f 10 mishaps happen for personality traits. Impatience, anger, sadness, disappointment, fear, arrogance, tiredness, lack of knowledge etc.
Its not for me to discuss publically what conclusions I have drawn regarding the episode, and frankly the only one who cares is me because it is not about this situation, it is about making sure that I do EVERYTHING possible to avoid being in the SAME situation given the same circumstances.
It doesnt mean I wont be shipwrecked....... It means it wont be these circumstances that got me there if I learned from This episode.
For that lesson, I am grateful to Eric and relieved for them all.
It is part of the human nature always to judge others very severely and, when the wind
turns against us, always to find an excuse for our own misdeeds, or to blame someone else for our mistakes
There is no need to blame Rebel Heart collectively for anything. Now they need to inwardly reflect and work it out what went wrong.
Many have given pointers here. Its up to them to take on board the hardest criticisms and see if………….. just if there is validity in the comments.