There are always lessons to be learned from a disaster, and this one can teach us many things, as well as remind us all of some fundamentals of good seamanship.
Thoughts on the tragic loss of Cheeki Rafiki. One of the most difficult posts I (John) have ever written.
I would be the first to commend the authors of the report on their diligence in analyzing the capsize of the Beneteau First 40.7 Cheeki Rafiki and the tragic loss of four lives.
Having said that I believe said report failed the offshore sailing community in its recommendations. Here are my thoughts on what we need to do to prevent another tragedy in the future.
More developments on the tragedy, but John still thinks that the most important point is being missed.
The loss of a yacht is both sobering and sad, but what we can do to gain something positive from the news is try to learn from what happened.
Analysis of the abandonment of the French yacht Tao. The disaster started with a capsize, as yacht losses so often do. And while researching the weather at the time, I discovered something interesting…
Analysis of the loss of two very different yachts in the North Atlantic. One fully crewed and one single handed.
John’s take on the causes of the two fatalities on the yacht Escape south of Nova Scotia in June 2022, and some thoughts on how similar tragedies can be avoided.