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So sailing with another person is going to lower the waves and slow the wind down so the boat doesn’t get slammed over and lose its mast? Doesn’t two people just up the rescue risks? I don’t see the logic.
Of course two people sailing won’t lower the waves or change the weather conditions. I tried to find an NPR archive interview from yesterday that explains the logic better than I can. When I find it, I’ll post the link. The person being interviewed had very specific reasons why the Coast Guard and others feel that solo sailing isn’t the best idea.
By that logic it wasn’t the best idea for Lindbergh to fly solo the first time across the Atlantic. It is all about risk and reward. Amelia Earhardt tried and lost but she gained the fame she sought but never enjoyed. Of course the Coast Guard is going to say what they say. They’re goal is to reduce need for rescue. But in this case, the issue was apparently not the solo-ness but the weather conditions. So, as I said before, the Coast Guard would have double or more risks snatching two or more people out of the sea than a solo one.
Also, as I said, you have but one life to live, so live it the fullest. Why judge a 16 year old for willing to take on the risk of dying alone at sea than on a country back road in a car with immature friends distracting you with text messaging? Life is a risk.