Was looking at the clicky, gave me chills.
Tried to post this:
I'm a licensed Unlimited Mate, have raced in the Whitbread a decade ago, lost track of my time under sail, big and small, spent many years on active duty as a Navy Surface Warfare Officer and been Master/Mate of Motor and sail yachts to 139'. Think I'm qualified to "assert (my self)yourselves from a position of moral and seamanship superiority,"? Reid could have not waited 15 years for a roller furler, fishing boats solved this problem centuries ago by using a "flying stay". A quick look at Chappelle's "The American Fishing Schooner" would have offered ideas to ensure the loss of relatively minor piece of the rig wouldn't result in a compromised voyage. Preparation is key, particularly when you're thinking of sailing other people into dangerous waters.
These guys scare me, if only that after this, my planned mini campaign will never see a sponsor or be allowed by the USCG to leave.....
They are now moderating their posts. suppose all that is not "Love and white light" vill nicht tolerated be!