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Old 13-01-2015, 13:52   #1
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Ben Ainslie "rescued" from a charter boat. ;-)

Sailing star Ben Ainslie rescued by Sir Richard Branson

Ben Ainslie's honeymoon distress call answered by Sir Richard Branson - CNN.com

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Old 13-01-2015, 14:39   #2
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Re: Ben Ainslie "rescued" from a charter boat. ;-)

If you're going to get rescued, you're truly lucky to have Richard Branson answer the call, and let you spend a few days on Necker Island.
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Re: Ben Ainslie "rescued" from a charter boat. ;-)

Sounds more like a PR thing. I mean who can't look after a furling main when its stuck?
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Old 14-01-2015, 01:03   #4
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Sounds more like a PR thing. I mean who can't look after a furling main when its stuck?
Maybe it is the difference between being great at racing small boats and cruising in larger keel boats.
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Old 14-01-2015, 01:23   #5
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Sounds more like a PR thing. I mean who can't look after a furling main when its stuck?

Have you seen the photos? Looks to me like the foil extrusion got pulled out thru the slot in the mast.

I happened to get to spend a couple of hours chatting with Sir Ben and his lovely bride Georgie a couple of weeks ago. He has had some challenges with his beautiful boat Rita. I can think of far worse places to be needing repairs!!!


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Old 14-01-2015, 04:28   #6
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Have you seen the photos? Looks to me like the foil extrusion got pulled out thru the slot in the mast.

I happened to get to spend a couple of hours chatting with Sir Ben and his lovely bride Georgie a couple of weeks ago. He has had some challenges with his beautiful boat Rita. I can think of far worse places to be needing repairs!!!


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OK but you are going to put out a mayday or pan for that??
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Ben Ainslie "rescued" from a charter boat. ;-)

No, I don't have inmast furling. :-)
I don't even have standing rigging!!


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Re: Ben Ainslie "rescued" from a charter boat. ;-)

Would have thought on a charter boat, pan pan would be insurance requirment, with any "major" problem
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Re: Ben Ainslie "rescued" from a charter boat. ;-)

Rita isn't a charter boat.

As an employee of a charter base I've never heard of issuing a pan pan for insurance coverage. How could verification of a pan pan be made?


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Re: Ben Ainslie "rescued" from a charter boat. ;-)

That's a sweet lookin' ride.



As far as the in-mast furling goes, maybe it came with it.
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Re: Ben Ainslie "rescued" from a charter boat. ;-)

Cant be a problem with in-mast furling ....we all know that stuff is perfect! Must have been Ainslee's lack of sailing knowledge!
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Trouble with in mast furlers is going round in circles does not solve the problem the way it does with a genoa..
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Trouble with in mast furlers is going round in circles does not solve the problem the way it does with a genoa..
Ya those damn wires get in the road, send the light weight wifey up the mast with a sharp knife if you are in dire straights or if its lighter winds go somewhere and drop the hook and fool around with it.
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Re: Ben Ainslie "rescued" from a charter boat. ;-)

Oh that's it, now were all going to get rid of or in mast furling system. Who knew boat parts break. Esp on big expensive boats like that.

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Re: Ben Ainslie "rescued" from a charter boat. ;-)

I think if I had a boat near Sir Nub Nub's island, and saw a yummy barbecue and swimming pool, my furler would also suddenly for some unexpected reason fail too!

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