Originally Posted by S/V Alchemy
The site gCaptain.com had the best writing I've found on this incident.
Not to be an armchair admiral, but I have no idea why the skipper
went to sea knowing Sandy was bearing down on him. There was no compelling reason to do so.
Given the captain's previous comments (during that video interview that circulated widely), it appears to me that the captain
wished to use the massive following winds of the hurricane
to expedite his scheduled passage
against the gulf stream
to the South.
I have not watched the video recently but I recall
vividly the captain
stating that the Bounty was marginally powered (engines) and did not sail to windward. He also stated that previously he "chased hurricanes" and that 70 foot seas were no problem.
I am certainly not an expert on any of this and have no comment as to weather
the captains actions were appropiate or not.
Edit: I also recall
that the captain stated that they "get a good ride out of them". he was talking about hurricanes.