We may long discuss the seamanship errors; why not drag from aft, they should have prepared the anchor
beforehand, shouldn't have open the escape hatch
, etc.. We can all make some of these errors, particularly when we are in the given conditions. Even the most reliable weather forecast
can turn out to be totally wrong. I can understand all that. But what I cannot understand, when they caught to bad weather
, they should only be 40-50 knots away from the coast, They are not in the middle of nowhere, but somewhere in beetween the two most civilised country; Spain
and probably still in the coverage of GSM phones. (if they didn't have the satellite
I would have immediately called some friends, home, Meteo France
to give my position and ask for some kind of assistance before it gets too bad. Secondly, I don't understand why they don't go back or at least change the course to escape. They don't do it until they realise they cannot keep their intended course. And from what I understand they actually ride the most dangereous part of the system; lower right quarter of the hurricaine somewhere on the west of Corsica
... (he says instead of 210-215 to Baleiric, they were pointing 180)
By pointing to around 60-70 degrees, throwing from the aft all kind ropes available on boat (I understand no decent drag was available on board) they could reach somewhere beetween Nice and Monaco pretty soon, surfing @ 12-15knots per hour. Catana
44 should well be capable of this ..
Or, am I missing something ???