Sophisticated Yet Humble
My sympathy to the families of those lost, this is really a tragedy.this is a very sad tragedy for those involved. Condolences to all involved.
I nearly got caught out in a storm like that once. Knew it was coming but figured I had time. I did, but just barely. ... ... ... As I was headed in, many people were still headed out. I remember 3 guys in a 13 foot whaler passing me joking and drinking beer. When I got to the ramp there was a guy there hosing his boat off. The lightning was very close. I mentioned he might want to stop and he asked me if I thought the storm was going to hit. Within 5 minutes we were fully in the storms wrath. There were several fatalities that days as well. I was shocked at how disconnected people were to the situation building around them.
If the interviews I saw on several news sites were any indication it seemed there were people with very little experience out there on Saturday. Makes me sad. Sad for those that were lost, sad for those that lost someone, and sad for what effect it will have on the local and possibly national sailing community.
It's an even bigger tragedy in that it could have been avoided. I dunno where you all have been sailing, but I've been in more fronts and squalls and really-sudden-bad-weather than I can remember. Sometimes it's not all that bad, sometimes, it's been a major trial. I am not very expert in weather but I seriously believe in paying close attention to what is going on around you. When there are warning signs, a skipper needs 1- see them and 2- to shift his priorities. It's not even SEEING, much of the time. It's the slight chill ahead of an oncoming t-storm, the tang of salt ahead of a vigorous thermal. But when you -do- see a squall line or an ominous cloud formation, to just keep on sailing like nothing can go wrong is plain stupid.
Most people stumble thru life with little or no clue what is going on around them, and most sailors nowadays seem to carry that behavior out onto the water. It isn't helped by the fact that so many modern boats are not designed or built handle properly in hard weather.
PJM a big big plus to you and your fellow sailors for the rescue. Seriously, thank you for being there!