Originally Posted by Chris1573
I have just read this book and seeing as they were the first to actually succeed makes we wonder why you think they made bad judgment calls? I guess its easy to comment when sat in the comfort of your arm chair with the benefit of hindsight, I think considering the conditions they were in and the fact they made it in one piece suggests they made the right decisions?
Hats off to them that they did it, its not a journey that I would want to make,
My point is they shouldnt have been out in those conditions to begin with!
Their safety margins seem to tight for my liking.
They left Greenland knowing that their weather window was closing in and that they were definately going to hit the very bad weather at some point on the voyage to Iceland (the other option was to stay in Greenland till better weather appeared - This could have been several weeks and they didnt want to wait that long...) So they went anyway even knowing that they hadnt faired that well in the storms they had already encountered in the Labrador Straight.
OK, they were unlucky and the weather window closed sooner than expected and Bear writes in his book that he was on the phone to the UK base to tell them to inform the Icelandic emergency services that they may be needed.
Luckily they didnt need them, however did Bear stop to think that if they had to send a "Mayday" they would be putting the rescue services at risk in Storm Conditions just because they were desparate to complete the challenge - Remember this journey was about crossing the Atlantic in a RIB NOT about crossing it in the fastest time!
So yes it is easy to judge after the event from the comfort of your armchair, however basic Voyage planning seemed to have been thrown out the window ie Weather, Ability of Crew & Boat etc