At the risk of stirring a up a hornets nest. Its another case of a cruising boat being ill prepared. Sailing in an area like Cooks Strait without the ability to survive a blow is just crazy.
An old design, like the boat in question, would have loved those conditions and would have been comfortable compared to a race
boat. But what appears to be inexperience and lack of preparation mixed with a cup full of cold and fear, ended up being a rescue
Its reported they had a loss of "navigation systems". What? the chart and compass
? (smell the sarcasm- yum yum- smells like chicken).
Perhaps its time for mandatory licencing and course completion for skippers who go offshore
. As it truley appears that this is yet "another" case of premature abandonment. The second one on this forum in a week!