Seamanship can well be very different to skill on the helm.
If that were not the case we would all be competing at the next Olympics. Its one thing to understand the theory of what you should/could/would do, and a massively different thing to be able to do it, especially under pressure.
- Was the action risky, sure it was.
- Were there other options, of course.
- Was this action the correct one, tbh I cant say, i do not have all the facts.
- Did this take a large degree of boat handling skill, most definitely. (As well as some luck.)
95%+ of sailors would have ended up in a complete mess, and yes if you
think its to rough to go in, your
I know my own limits, and my limits are not the same as the sailor before me or the sailor after me.
Would i have done the same thing? I cant say as i do not have all the details.
I have entered harbours under sail in bft 8+ with no engine at night in a similar sized boat. testing? - Yes very.
Did i want to stay out for another 6 hours at night in that wind? - You must be joking, I've no idea if the boat would take that sort of pounding.
Every one has to make there own minds up on what to do in any situation, many many factors affect these decisions.
My point before and still, there is no one here, regardless of their own Skill/experience/knowledge can make a valid judgement based on a 67 second clip and some googling on the the boat. Maybe there was a medical emergency, or the boat was sinking we don't have all the facts.
Its easy to sit behind a PC in judgement of everyone, I wonder how many could pull off the same manoeuvre if they really had to?