Many times over the years people have said things to me like:
He lost his boat because the weather router screwed up.
We got a real dusting and did a lot of damage because the weather forecast was wrong.
This might sound perfectly logical, but it’s not.
Let’s look at a recent incident in which a weather router sent a boat into a piece of ocean with a substantial current in an attempt to avoid bad weather. As I understand it, the weather deteriorated more than expected and the resulting wind-against-current generated breaking waves that rolled the boat and eventually led to her abandonment. Many people blamed the router. That’s simply wrong. The skipper was at fault.To continue reading, please login (top right) or join us.