Originally Posted by GordMay
But, then, what do I know?
I’m just an over-the-hill CLOD poseur, living out what's left of my bitter life through my keyboard.
Ain't that the truth?
I think it's fair to start the following dissertation with the an assertion that either of the girls are probably more likely to get killed on dry-land than they ever are at sea. Further, both girls are clearly capable of doing what they are setting out to do. However, between them I have noticed significant differences.
First, of course, is the type of vessel. Jesse is aboard a rugged S&S with pretty much standard everything. Abby, on the other hand, is on a regular handful of a boat, complete with mylar headsail. I do have to ask why?
Yes. I accept her rig is very low-aspect for this type of vessel, and that's a good thing, but everything about her boat is fairly high-tec, whereas Jesse has a lot of low-tech, with some high tec.
And so I have to question the decision of those who made the decision, of sending Abby around the world in a fast, hard-to-handle vessel, rather than the Jesse version.
Like, what's the point?
After all, she's not going for a youngest-ever speed record
. She can't now be the youngest because Jesse is four months younger; which, BTW, Abby knew before she set sail.
No. I think Abby just wants to do it for her...and of course he resulting kudos.
I can but presume that Abby has had a fair amount of sailing experience. But has she had it on a boat like an Open 40? I doubt it given the buy-time bio of the boat.
Jesse has also had a lot of sailing experience but she's on a solid plodder.
And so I am somewhat perplexed about what Abby expects to achieve, in terms of some record
However, my perplexity, or even the lack of her ability to set a potential record (if age is the record dictate then Jesse is ahead) does not detract, one wit from the fact that this young lady is fast heading toward the Southern ocean, by herself, on a sail-boat, and short of bailing out by calling for help, she is a solo navigator, taking on far more than most sixteen year-olds would ever contemplate. And, may I add, more than most on this site would contemplate.
It is kids
like Abby and Jesse who hold the world's future in their hands. Our future when we become to old and inane to do much more than pretend to be deaf yet have another wipe our bums.
Far from protecting them against any and all potential hazard, it is folk like this to whom we must support in their dreams and efforts.
It is they who set the example. Not the critics.
Lastly; I have suggested to Abby that she could set one record by stopping directly over Point Nemo, which is on her route, and going for a swim. I suspect she will be a) the only female, b) the only teen, and c) probably one of a select handful of folk who have ever had a quick soak at a point farthest from any land and with about 6,000ft of water
I hope she does it.
But, even if she does not, her safe arrival at her home port will mark a day to which only an elite group can claim collegiacy. Solo circumnavigators.
Hopefully Abby will complete her solo navigation
; Jesse certainly will.
And given I have had two sixteen year olds who turned out to be very ordinary, and that's okay because that is their right, I remain absolutely in awe of what both these girls are doing.
They are getting up and doing it. Not sitting around criticising.