|The 33-foot sailboat Hecate aground on the beach. Screen shot from CBS SF Channel 5 click for link.|
|The two American sailors|
This story comes on the heels of Thing One and Thing Two, the two ladies and their dog who were rescued in the Pacific Ocean last year after having drifted aimlessly for five months. It also comes on the heels of the story of the two American sailors who left Norway bound for the US and had to be rescued nine times in seven months. They didn’t even make it past England. The sailing forums were full of indignant sailors once again asking how it was possible that these outrages could possibly have been allowed to happen.Well you know what, I am on the side of the hapless. At least they left the dock. Sure maybe they were ill prepared and had to seek rescue but we are becoming so risk averse that it’s bordering on ridiculous. Here’s a thought. People used to go offshore and navigate with a thing called a sextant. Some even circumnavigated without an engine, others used baling wire and duct tape to hold things together. At least they left the dock and gave it a go and I say that we need more people like them and less people snickering behind their anonymity as they smugly post on Facebook.
As the actor and author Sterling Hayden once said. “To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea… “cruising” it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.”
I am sure that many posting have probably not undertaken any kind of voyage. If they had they would know that things can and probably will go wrong. It’s a sailboat after all. I have been sailing for 40 years and have managed to hit a reef, run aground and get a jump start from a passing Chinese freighter in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Do enough miles and sooner or later something is going to go awry. So let’s cut this latest lot to make News Headlines a bit of a break. At least they left the dock.
This article was syndicated from Great Circle Sails Blog