I hate to say it but I admire Rob in a strange sort of way. Ok he went against advice and pushed the limits but at least when he made this post on the forum he didn't try and sugar coat the situation he told everyone where he went wrong honestly and accepted that he did at certain times foul up and make mistakes, we ALL do it. the way we learn is by looking at what other people do and what we have done in the past and build on it. Rob may have built confidence. he may have decided he will never purpously go out in those conditions again but if he found himself in those conditions by accident he would probably be able to get himself out of them calmly and effectivley.
I don't feel it is right to critisise after the event, he is safe and well and learnt lessons just like I am sure some people will learn lessons from him.
lets keep it calm and none critical rib net is a calm forum not a brawling handbag.net forum like some others I could mention lets keep it that way.
I for one would be more than happy to go out in Rob's boat with him. I would probably learn thing and he might do as well lets keep it calm.