Getting back to the thread.
It would be fair to say that most of the thinking and experienced sailors on C.F. have evaluated carefully all the information pertaining to the preparation for the R.H. trip and the outcome.
I am not surprised at the actions being taken through the legal
system now on behalf of the crew.
There always are two options available to a person who undergoes a traumatic event, one is to accept completely the part of the problem where we were at fault,and the other is to deny it and continue to prove none of it was to do with us, and apportion blame in pieces elsewhere.
That is the choice for each of us, and no one can take it away.
There are a core
of really experienced people on C.F. whom, in my experience, are fairly rational and fair minded individuals. Where they see bad seamanship on the part of others or even themselves in a situation, will hold their hand up and admit it. It costs nothing except to pride, and the lessons learned are invaluable. The honesty endears them to us, or me anyway, and I know I can place trust in them for it.
These people have made an internal evaluation of all events
pertaining to this issue and have serious doubts and questions regarding the events
. In the end, its up to the key players to move on with their lives and work out everything for themselves.
There is a cost if done incorrectly. There is a loss of respect from a large portion of the sailing community. This based on seamanship, attitude, inconsistencies, and post incident actions. I saw previous cordial relationships with the crew and members of C.F. dissolve due to many unanswered questions....
What R.H. do from here on in is absolutely NOTHING to do with me. It never was. I waited for all the results and explanations to be put out for examination, and I made my own decision.
I will never support anyone that I am not 100% sure that the situation is as stated. There has to a reasonable certainty that I will not get a nasty surprise later in the day........
So. End result for me is that I wish them well in their lives and will stand back from association, not that I had one to start with, and will refrain from offering any comment except to state that I am not convinced of the situation as stated and have unanswered questions.
As for lawsuits. It doesnt affect me. It doesnt affect Sailors. It doesnt affect ANYTHING I do. It really doesnt. I will not and cannot offer moral or ethical support for their future because it has NOTHING to do with me. If they had been a friend before, Im not sure the relationship would have lasted but that is speculation. I tend not to make friendships with overconfident people.
So we carry on. If there was a problem with the phone
service then it will be sorted. If there was not it will be sorted.