I know a man who sailed alone in a sinking yacht round Cape Horn, across the South Atlantic, decided to keep sailing it past South Africa where he could have got help, sailed across the Indian Ocean and decided to sail past Australia where again he could have got help, sailed across the Tasman Sea and finally stopped for repairs in New Zealand before continuing on. How do I know the boat was sinking? Well every day with a bucket he bailed several TONS of water out of it. This same man also sailed an open boat 18 feet long across the entire Pacific and most of the rest of the way round the entire world - one wonders if such a being is indeed a man or perhaps a superman?
As for myself, not being a superman but a mere man, and an admittedly inexperienced one as well, in so far as sailing is concerned - well I turned back to NZ from 50 miles out in a yacht that was sailing perfectly. My problems were trivial by comparison but I didn't feel confident to continue without proper communication. Several other small problems that developed but didn't on their own deter me, in combination made it seem sensible to turn round and get them all sorted. So that's what I did.
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