Let me declare an interest at the outset. I have a personal interest in sailing through my family and specifically my son Barry, who earns his crust as a yacht skipper. Through this, I have a keen sense of the joys, but also the dangers, of ocean sailing. In common with all members of his profession, Barry has a pronounced sense of potential danger and impresses with his constant obsession about preparing properly for voyages at the sea, let alone upon the roads of Great Britain on the rare occasions he comes home.
However, to the matter at hand.
I blogged on the Rust last year on more that one occasion about the yacht Cheeki Rafiki that went missing on an Atlantic crossing from the West Indies to Britain and was eventually found capsized, without its life rafts having been deployed, with the presumed loss of four sailors.
Today the media is reporting the findings of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).
Here is a link to a report by Steven Morris that appears today upon the website of – THE GUARDIAN