Mmmm! I don't think I would ever book a sail training holiday with a company called Hot Liquid. It all sounds a bit too 'Gung Ho' for me.
It seems to me there are more and more sailing boats needing to be rescued in strong winds because 'their engine failed'. Surely, if there's wind they can sail.
Or are modern sailing yachts so badly designed that they are incapable of standing up to their canvas? If it was really blowing F11, they were obviously in relatively sheltered waters, so why weren't they sailing? I can only think that the boat couldn't, which to my mind makes the thing not fit for purpose.