Originally Posted by Pelagic
Personally, I am all for allowing skippers to make mistakes
, since that is part of the freedom of owning a boat and learning
how to handle it.
There was a time when I would not hesitate to be critical of another person's actions and would have gone ahead and offered help.
Then came the slightly wiser attitude of thinking that it always looks easier from afar
but would still offer help.
The next major step in my development
came after I was actually verbally abused for offering help. People would feel slighted at the suspicion that their performance was judged. I would still offer help if asked.
Now I would regard such a situation as a learning
experience for both the struggling skipper
who did not quite make it and for me as an onlooker.
I would only offer help if I felt the other person was in a dangerous situation, like the monohull
yacht that was approaching my anchorage which would have been too shallow for them. I was skippering a shallow draft catamaran
Similarly I yelled with all the force in my lungs to the people on a yacht going at hull speed
with a tail wind
"through" what looks
like a passage
between two islands. They returned my call with abuse, seconds before their yacht came to an abrupt halt.
Interestingly there was no damage to their ship.
So my answer to the OP question is "maybe"
, Probably yes...