WHAT I DID WRONG

SAIL - - Experience Undersail -

1. I ig­nored my in­stincts, which told me the seas ahead were trou­ble and were likely break­ing over shal­low wa­ter. In­stead, based on the pre­vi­ous tracks, I per­suaded my­self we had plenty of wa­ter and that this was just some ef­fect of com­pet­ing wave trains and the tidal stream.

2. I was slow to re­act when we first hit. I as­sumed we would be mo­men­tar­ily into deeper wa­ter and would just have a cou­ple of bumps.

3. I com­pletely for­got we have a pow­er­ful bow thruster (be­cause I rarely use it)! This would have pushed our head around and away from the sand­spit con­sid­er­ably faster than I did it with the en­gine, maybe sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing the dam­age.

4. I was to­tally fo­cused on get­ting Nada off and not on crew safety. (The two are closely re­lated, but not com­pletely.) Ter­rie should not have gone for­ward with­out a life jacket, and Kate had to re­mind me to get them out.

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