Analysis of the loss of two very different yachts in the North Atlantic. One fully crewed and one single handed.
Lessons from Losses at Sea
It is tempting, when faced with the news of the total loss of a yacht, to metaphorically cover our ears and close our eyes until the news fades away—it is also a huge mistake.
In this book I look at the loss of several yachts and what we can learn from each.
Table of Contents:
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…
Thoughts on the tragic loss of Cheeki Rafiki. One of the most difficult posts I (John) have ever written.
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.
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.
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.