‘Turning back’ are two words that as a sailor do not bother me. But I have come across a startling number of sailors who would not consider this an option. To me, (and the crew of West Wind), the decision to turn back was the brave decision. It is a success, not a failure to understand the strength of the oceans and unpredictability of such places as Bass Strait, say nothing of self, crew and boat preservation.
As a Skipper, you are responsible for everything and everyone on board. You are responsible even when you are not onboard - and even for your crew's actions.
So don't judge decisions and don't criticise those who have a good understanding of the weather and how a handful of small issues can quickly escalate to a possible disaster...
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