I'm very distressed, too, to learn of the loss of Nereida. Her captain
is an incredibly brave and wonderful lady, by all accounts.
Nevertheless, it should be pointed out that no matter how experienced and how many offshore
miles in her past, she made a very basic navigational error.
She was singlehanded and motoring ~ 3nm offshore
while sleeping. She'd set her clock for 45-minute naps. A bit of math would dictate that she should have set her course at least 10 x .75 or 7.5nm miles offshore (10 being the fastest movement possible while motoring and with a strong current
and .75 being 45 minutes).
This ain't rocket science, folks. It's basic navigational prudence.
I put up with an autopilot
for 12 years which tried numerous times to kill me. Thankfully, I was awake during these trials. But now, even with a "reliable" top-of-the-line autopilot
, I try to exercise good seamanship and imagine/plan for the worst case.
Again, so sorry for her loss, and the loss of her beautiful vessel.
No, not "damned electronics". They did exactly what Hello Sailor said they would, and what everyone familiar with electronics
knows they will sooner or later.