LXV Responsibility

Wednesday June 10, 2015

As an amateur sailor I subscribe to a few weather sites. Yesterday I received a report from one weather site with a report and commentary about the facts from the Dauphin Island regatta. This yacht race happens annually in Mobile Bay. The 2015 version lead to the deaths of six participants and the loss of 8 boats.

I am fascinated with weather and a bucket list item is to see (at a distance) a tornado. I’m not sure when and if that will ever happen. I don’t see myself as one of those lunatic storm chasers but if one was nearby I would be the idiot standing shooting video.

  We are presently in the path of a small batch of thunder squalls…

Boat captains have are responsible for the safety of their crews and vessels. Rule 4 from the sail boat racing rules:

The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone.
Ultimate responsibility for deciding to go sailing or racing is in the hands of the captain. No race, trophy or bragging rights is more important than the safety of your vessel and crew. Below you will find the report of the events on Mobile Bay on April 25th and a YouTube video from one of the vessels.
16 minute video from on of the boats here

“The point? Respect the power of the weather. Common sense is: The ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions” So, use common sense.

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