In an annual report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch an investigation was carried out to determine the common factors there were in accidents at sea involving leisure craft.

The most revealing was how often skippers were described as “very experienced” but with inexperienced crews.  Skippers often underestimated the additional demands placed on the crew when things began to get difficult, and invariably tried to do too much themselves.  They also failed to delegate responsibility to those who were probably capable of doing more given clear instructions.

I see so much of this as an instructor, and many a time I have to suggest to budding skippers they show crew what to do, and then delegate whenever possible.