Originally Posted by Nausikaa
A modecum of self-confidence is also needed ...
Bad weather for an Icelander is something completey different to bad weather for a Fiji-islander.
If you have experience from the Eastern Cape..
In the end though, sailing is little different from parachuting, ski-jumping or flying: sometime you have to go solo,
Aye // Stephen
Hey Steven, you hit the nail on the head, as far as self confidence goes I have tons of it. I am one of those people who can just about do anything and can fix anything. I term was used I could whittle out a shopping mall out of a tree with a penknife. I have sailed fished, raced motorcycles, jumped out of planes, bungee jumped (not one of my smarter moves). The thing is taking risks for me no matter how calculated has always just involved me, now taking the risk with someone else on board no matter how prepared you are, this a decision that I do not take lightly. I would hate to have to explain why I made it back and someone else did not. Certainly the other crew enter the situation knowingly but being a responsible skipper it would weigh heavily on my mind.
Certainly bad weather is a relative term and that is the point I was attempting to make, each of these folks no matter where they sail from will have various levels of what they would term bad weather experience.
Yup the Eastern Cape waters can be pretty nasty as you have seen and found out for yourself. I did make it a point not to go out when the weather predictions were not good and really tried to avoid the Sou-easter, but weather reporting back then left a lot to be desired. However, the Sou-easter if light to moderate provided some great sailing conditions.
You talk about skydiving well that is a leap of faith especially when you did not pack your own chute, there is no turning back once you have made that step out out the plane, talk about a rush ...
I think what I am attempting to say is that I believe that most everyone, with notable exeptions believes that they are experienced enough to undertake their crossing, only to kind out somewhat too late that they are either not qualified or do not have the mental fortitude to handle what ole Neptune throws at them. It is just too easy to reach for the mike and cry for help only to find the vessel floating and in good condition once the seas have subsided.
BTW: the guys on SeymorII (is that the name) did a FANTASTIC job of managing the situation, as a result they are back safe and sound.
Having not sailed for many a year I am looking at refresher courses and certainly Multihull training, however what I am finding is that the training companies are really in the money business not the sailing business and from what I have seen you do not get the training you truly would need.
My thought is prior to picking up my Leopard 40 a year from now (after the Annapolis Boat show next year) that I would fly out to SA at my own expense and crew for a skipper that is doing a delivery to the USA for either a Leopard or an Admiral Catamaran.
As you say there is no experience like experience itself ...