Originally Posted by Crusher
Amazing dedicated people, who go out for others in those conditions.
I was surprised they continued to go astern for so far, is that due with getting the crew back safely before he could spin it around, or possibly the potential of getting caught by a wave sideways during a turn?
Pondering the same thing myself. I'd imagine lots of reasons - all flashing through the helms mind as he glanced over his shoulder at the next approaching mountain of water:
"Get her into deeper water!
Stop her broaching (driving a displacement rudder steered hull into breakers!!)
Have I still got all my crew?
Did I remember to shut the wheelhouse door?
Do we still have the spare pants in the forward compartment?"