Lightnings & Flying Scots, had alreadly built and sold 3 15' "knockabouts" (that cost more for the used trailers than the materials (including making the sails
on Grandpa's commercial
machine), and had dreams of racing
across the Atlantic & Pacific (meanwhile never having crewed on a boat w/greater than 2
of us), read and dreamed about the America's Cup (and WATCHING, not participating) seeing it return to America...circumnavigating, single
handed, was the farthest thing from a thought process that could be.
Joining the ranks of Josh Slocum is now a singular driving force, and trust me, after 7 years of planning, 5 years of equipping the boat, and 2 solid years of WAITING (because of a wife with health
issues that won't be resolved now for a while)...I can testify that it doesn't take $350k;
Less than a third of that.
Which includes a complete spare rig and the money
set aside to have it shipped (by air freight) to almost anywhere in the world and "spares" of everything You could possibly factor, as well as the proverbial "spending money"...it's not about "spending money", or breaking records;
It's about joining the most elite "club" in the world, while knowing 5x more people have climbed Everest...and those who've done both say joining Josh more difficult.
It's about setting a personal goal and achieving it.
Where DID the $350k come from anyway? Her Brother did it for Far Less?
We 'adults' can do it for far less than a THIRD of that figure?
I don't need
a brand new boat, just a seaworthy
one, a plan, and sealegs. It took me more years than this girls' been on the planet, just "THINKING" about this task to determine it a driving goal to be pursued.
I don't think she has a clue (nor did her Brother, initially, and he frankly, got LUCKY) the challenge before her. Yes, a blind man has done it (escorted), and yes, a 17yo has done it.
That doesn't make "it" easy.
& once offshore
, NOTHING is guaranteed except that the sea claims her victims for-ever.