Originally Posted by C2 RIBS
Doug what is the likely outcome, a big fine for yacht skipper?
If he is a commercial skipper sailing professionally (i.e. Yachtmaster Offshore or similar) then he could easily get hauled up in front of the YM qualification panel and loose his ticket before being prosecuted by the MCA.
Assuming he is a leisure skipper then he could be prosecuted by a number of different bodies but most likely the MCA. I cant tell you what sort of penalty they would be after but I would guess a fine rather than custodial sentence.
It may be however there are circumstances we are unaware of. It may be nothing happens on the legal front.
It may be the owner is unable to recover the loss from his insurers. While not standard, it is not uncommon to exclude the rig from insurance while racing