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Old 02-06-2010, 14:05   #31
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From where I'm standing its just more proof that Mother Nature is self correcting. People out there die because they made a mistake of one sort or another. Mom removed them from the game board. end of story


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Old 02-06-2010, 14:08   #32
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I donít know anything about these California incidents. But if they all involve solo sailors engaged in multi-day passages, factors such as fatigue, exposure, injury and illness, which might be trivial on a crewed boat, can have extreme consequences. Not the least of which is impaired judgment. Sometimes experience can be a false prophet.
slomo. Yes, but these guys were very experienced. Transpac. etc. The married couple off SF were not solo.

I can't write it off so easily to "pilot error" We see experienced "pilot error" all the time. I don't see the cusp of the chaos - meaning a specific event that could have triggers it...wave...tsunami...squall...sea monster
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Old 02-06-2010, 14:16   #33
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Ok, question for you all.

If this is the status quo for sailors...meaning they screw up and are in harms way...why is it so prevalent here on the west coast? I don't see this kind of concentrated news coming from UK or some other face of the planet. Can't be that Ca weather and coast is the only worse in the world and we are the only sailors that mess up?
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Unfortunately, we will never really know I suppose. Your guess about being taken by a wave is certainly worthy of consideration as any of mine would be. I guess whatever happened, did so quickly enough that he didn't have time to state the problem when sending his mayday?
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Thanks everyone for your comments. Its a strange nautical world out there everyday...
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.... I don't see this kind of concentrated news coming from UK or some other face of the planet. Can't be that Ca weather and coast is the only worse in the world and we are the only sailors that mess up?
My understanding was that some of the worst water in the world is the North Atlantic, the North Sea and the Bay of Biscay - all UK / western Europe. I'm discounting the Roaring Forties and Furious Fifties as (apparently) no one with any sense goes in them for long...

I suspect that you are getting the journalistic effect that one news story makes editors and reporters sensitive to similar news stories and as such they get reported as a series of events. This gives the effect of a cluster of bad news.
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