I'd have put the lot in a raft with plenty of food and water and called the CG to come get 'em. Especially with video evidence it would be completely justified. Us or them. They had a long time to think about the options. Which make me suspect there is more to this story than meets the eye...
I think so. I've already blathered way too much about this story but it's bugged me all afternoon. We only know one side of the story, crazy as it is.
1) when there's disagreement on the boat, people seem inclined to be all too ready to throw the skipper under the bus. It's only natural I guess, but the long and the short of it is that it's the Skipper's boat, good one or not. If someone threatened to take over my boat, they'd quickly find themselves in a life raft and a blinking EPIRB for company. Fearing outright mutiny from his two not well known crew, the skipper turns angry and violent to mask a palpable fear of losing control of the boat and who knows what else. Did he fear for his, Jane's, or Jane's mother's safety? Have you spent a few days with the steely silent glare from someone you don't know and is convinced they're right about everything? And as for the skipper's and Jane's arguing all the time - I've noticed a propensity for male vs. female to fight like cats and dogs when they get alone out on the water, so I have to take all the drama between the Harry and Jane characters with a grain of salt.
2) right off the bat, our author already seems to have much different goals for the trip. skipper misses meeting with veteran sail maker and shrugs it off. Our boy immediately takes offense and feels embarrassed, which is understandable. I would be, too, but it's clear at this point that he's taking the race much more seriously than the skipper. Later is insulted about not buying his drinks at the pre-party. A lot of Asians aren't big drinkers so this doesn't necessarily surprise me.
3) spinnaker drama. Rather than just abide by the skipper's wishes and skill level to sail under the jib, he and the other crew are determined to fly it at all costs, even though the skipper has already proven that driving the boat under it is beyond his abilities to do so without wrapping it up. Why not just relax and pole out the jib for his watch to save all that excitement and drama? It seems like he and his friend were at this point really pushing the skipper beyond his comfort zone for their own interests.
In between the lines of his story is that he and his other crew member were expecting this to be a much more competitive boat and then got their panties in a wad right away when they discover that the owners of the boat are five 'n dimin' it to make the trip (complaints about provisions), nor do they seem too negatively concerned about finishing DFL in their class. Seems like a big mismatch here in expectations and obviously very piss poor communications from the skipper to reset them otherwise in a logical or reasonable manner without getting irate and acting up. Throw in some good old fashioned crazy woman at the end of her rope and this all starts to seem kind of obvious.
ok. back to work.