I sail my boat just like I run my business. If my whole crew walked out on me. I would still be hanging mufflers. I can run the business alone, and still make the same profit. As far as the boat. I don't need crew. I can sail her alone. I will never put my boat in the situation where I have to depend on others. The same goes for my business.
When I left S.F. for Mexico
alone. I was so sick for 2 days. I thought I might die. I knew I wasn't going to, but death at times seemed a good alternative
When I was thrown from my boat, and hurt my back so much I was peeing in my foulies, because I couldn't move. A cruise ship
came over the horizon, and I actually picked up the VHF
mic. I couldn't bring myself to call them. All I wanted was someone to put my fuel
in the tank from the jerry cans. The wind
had died, and I was motoring for 12 hours. I couldn't bring myself to call, and watched them disappear over the horizon. Eventually I forced myself to fill the tank. I did it through excruciating pain, and buckets of tears, but I did it, and eventually sailed on to Cabo.
The boat off of New Zealand
where the crew pushed the EASY BUTTON, but the skipper thought things were fine. When the helicopter came I would have been happy to see them go
. They could have never taken me from my boat. I would have proven them wrong by sailing into my intended destination
When Isabel Autissier (?) was rolled in the Southern Ocean. She declined being pulled from the boat. She rigged the boat, and sailed on. These are the kind of things you need to do when sailing
. We claim we are resourceful, and independent. Then let's act that way.
If I hit a container, and my boat was going down. Hell yes I would want to be rescued. I have no death wish. I do have a responsibility to my boat, myself, and the ones who will rescue their lives to save my butt. I am no John Wayne, but what I am is responsible for my decision to go to sea.
I think you need a certain amount of intestinal fortitude to go to sea. I think you need to be willing to suffer at times. I know you need to be willing to suffer at times. Our Mother the Ocean is not an evil thing. She has her moods, and you better be prepared to deal with them, or stay on the bays, rivers, and small lakes. There is no shame in sailing on protected waters. You need to know your own limits. I would love to drive Formula 1 cars, but I know going down I-95 with cars in the other lane is pretty much my limit.
This being politically correct to those that abandon their vessels, because they are cold, etc. etc. That's a bunch of....well you know what it is. It's simply wrong! The internet
has changed our world, and it's something we need to accept. If you have made a bonehead move then live with it. Especially when you put others at risk for their lives, because you're cold?
The problem is the world is going soft, and turning weak. Excuses are being allowed for mistakes
made, or even BAD behaviour. People are getting to the point that they feel no responsibility for their actions. We see it in every facet of society.
When you pull yourself through the tough times. The sweet times will be that much sweeter:cubalibre. Fortunately the sweet times are the biggest %