The Drag Device Database
is the only database I know with enough detail to be interesting. But it focuses on extreme weather
that is not relevant to most people. If it does apply to you, then I particularly like reading these stories since there are so many different perspectives. People with widely different levels of experience or equipment
US Sailing has done some very complete accident investigations
. Their analysis of the 2012 Farallones Race accident
is very comprehensive and is written by world class sailors.
I feel that Lin Pardey's Capable Cruiser
is worth buying
just to read the story of the Cabo San Lucas storm. It's a kind of database of dozens of boats experiences in the same bad situation, and touches on a lot of common cruising issues -- a herd mentality, complacency, and etc.
This forum is a kind of unstructured database. I have learned a lot from the first person accounts here of accidents. Of course this community has a lot of different people, and the discussions are peppered with dubious 'conclusions' by various folks, so I feel most of the value is in the first person account.
I can dig up the threads here, if you can't find them, but these stand out in my mind:
- Rebel Heart's story.
- the gentleman who almost drowned during a botched rescue
by a container ship, and now feels the situation wasn't bad enough that he needed rescuing in the first place.
- folks who hit the eject button a daysail away from port because their ipad
ran out of batteries.
- people who abandon ship because their yachts batteries are flat and it just freaks them out to be offshore
without a phone