It was very difficult circumstances. There is a number of books
that have been written about this race
. Something I ponder, and perhaps some other imput would be good.
If the skipper was lifted off first...(and I reiterate that I dont think that the skipper in this situation did anything but the most seaman like response) and the skipper was un injured but scared silly...perhaps his/her leadership roll is now lost
and it would be better that he/she was gone and that another person took over. The reality of these situations may over take the best person ( I have not been in that situation) . Dealing with scared (quite rightly so) people takes a skill that hopefully we dont encounter.
Even the best may find it hard when dealing with their own mortality. Survival is training, skill,equipment,luck, and to my way of thinking ...the ability to have a clear enough head
to put the previous into practice. It is possible that this clear thinking may come from the most unlikely of persons in a crisis.
I like to think of myself as a "cool in a crisis" type...but would I really? I find that extreme cold effects me. At what point do you delegate responsibility to another person? Perhaps your partner. Maybee "you make the choice on the radio
I am not sure anymore". Food
for thought. I would like anybody who has been in trying circumstances to tell us about their experiences.