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Old 16-09-2014, 08:49   #1
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Achilles 24 sails to Svalbard Archipelago

Roger Taylor, winner of the 2009 Jester Award, has just returned from a solo 55 day, 3332 NM non stop journey from the north of England to the Svalbard Archipelago in the North Barent Sea and back to England. He sailed his 24 foot Achilles, Mingming II, which he completely redesigned and rebuilt over a two year period and rigged with a free standing junk rig--a sailplan he carried over from his first boat Mingming I-a junk rigged Corribee. For a fascinating look at this remarkable journey go to:
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I too am impressed with Mr. Taylor and inspired by not only by his voyages and his seamanship but also by his work on his Ming-Mings. He and Webb Chiles are my favorite adventurers these days. I hope to be able to participate in a Jester Challenge one day.
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Why nonstop is beyond me. There are beautiful things to see out there as well as all along the way.

But I am sure the person knew what they wanted and I hope they found their happiness while doing it.

Well done.

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Why nonstop is beyond me. There are beautiful things to see out there as well as all along the way.

But I am sure the person knew what they wanted and I hope they found their happiness while doing it.

Well done.

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If you read Roger's website, you only get a small glimpse of the man. Roger is a quite unusual personality with eclectic abilities and tastes. To judge him by an "average man's standard" would be unfair. He is in a league of his own. I found a brief business bio that gives a more complete picture of him. It is: citywire.co.uk/new...adviser/...roger-taylor...financial.../a320741 There are some people in life that push the boundaries of our human existence. I believe Roger is one of those people. Good luck and good sailing.
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(...) There are some people in life that push the boundaries of our human existence. I believe Roger is one of those people. Good luck and good sailing.
With all due respect sailing to Spitzbergen and back is hardly "pushing the boundaries of human existence".

Fossed was, Cameron is, Jornet is, Urubko is.

Otherwise I am 100% with you on great achievement and great vision and courage!

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With all due respect sailing to Spitzbergen and back is hardly "pushing the boundaries of human existence".

Fossed was, Cameron is, Jornet is, Urubko is.

Otherwise I am 100% with you on great achievement and great vision and courage!

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What I meant was "intellectually" in his personae and life. Otherwise, agreed.
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