Exactly. Hitting a rock at 20kts and going into a spin sheared what was left of all the foils except the keel. There was nothing they could do. All these people talking about "turning head to wind". Like it is some old war pony. Not how these machines are made. Maybe despite having two rudders, they still need an emergency rudder? One not in the water?You guys are all whack... the boys on deck had NO clue what was in front of them, port, starboard, windward or leeward. They were sailing like it was deep water all around.
Nobody below had much clue either, otherwise the nav station would have be full go at low zoom. They would have been shooting info to the on deck team. there would be a lookout standing on the windward rail.
They wouldn't have been sailing directly to the reef!
The second they hit they were doomed! The rudders sheared, the boat went into a skid and they skipped up on the reef.. Game over.
And yeah, they had no clue what was in front of them or port or starboard. And who's fault is that? Wouter is trying to take the blame by talking about zoom levels. That is awful big of him, but these boats are so short-handed, and so fast, that you can't just put yourself on auto-pilot and expect just one other person has you covered. The captain, watch captains, helm and navigator all have to have 100% acknowledged awareness of the entire 360 degree path and routing options for at least the distance you cover in one watch, plus the watch overlap. They should also be aware of safe harbor options in case of emergency (and I don't know if anybody has brought that up). What if something else catastrophic had occurred and they were forced to quickly abandon ship in open water, but didn't know that this land was so close by? If they didn't properly share information like this, what else was not shared?
Acknowledged communication in this case means you record that you have completed your handoff checklist. You have a checklist of things you do when you come on and go off watch. A simple spreadsheet documenting crew shift essentials: "Brief new WC of routing option details for next watch" - initialed check. With a corresponding "Review of previous WC routing option details" - initialed check. Granted, a procedure like this may engage two crew for 20-30 minutes, but that is not really avoidable.
I keep hearing people talk about this as a navigation problem, a technology problem, a personal failing, etc.. Sure, those are all elements of it, but on reflection (IMO), it was a breakdown of the watch system, or a watch system that was not good enough to begin with.