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Old 09-09-2010, 07:36   #1
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Solo Around World - Backwards

Here is the latest in around the world record seekers. I only wish he really was doing it - literally - as the headline suggests - the pointy end of the boat facing aft:

Adventurer to sail solo around world -- backwards - CNN.com
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These reporters should be shot! What a load of c##p!
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next up, the 5 year old, that sails backwards around the world, blindfolded, with handcuffs on . . .
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:09   #4
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Regardless of the sport or activity, I'm always puzzled by the record seekers and measurebators. I used to have a really good friend who got me into tour riding on bicycles. One year we did a trip to the south west. I remember the evening we were literally riding on the rim of Grand Canyon, it was truly majestic. I was filled with wonder at the experience- when we stopped at one over look all he wanted to talk about was his cadence. To me, these people miss the whole point. How can you travel around the world and not see it?
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He will not be the first attempting to sail in western direction south of South America/South Africa.

When I followed Jessicas journey I read about other solo sailiors trying to circumnavigate year 2009/2010. There was a relatively young guy trying to sail westbound, but he had to be rescued near Falkland Island, because of some boat failure. And we have Bernd Lüchtenborg who tried to circumnavigate twice, once eastbound, once westbound. On the second circumnavigation he broke his arm near Cape Horn (in June!), and the boat was destroyed against the rocks when he tried to reach land and both the engine and the wind died. He was rescued.

In short, this journey is tough, big problems.

The guy we discuss is already complaining about the toughness of big seas and sleep deprivation, and the impossibleness, even if he hasn't started. I assume he wants to sound tough by claiming how tough the thing he will do is.

I liked Jessica better who made not so big deal about the wetness, big seas and sleep deprivation. In my impression she was tougher than most men doing this. She's doing TV interviews in the USA now. See http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/_web...CBS_EARLY_SHOW
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Surely MarkJ is going the "wrong way". He started out in Oz, up the Indian ocean, eastern med, western med, thence on to canaries, carribean and presumably the Panama canal and back to Oz.

Have I missed something obvious?
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Surely MarkJ is going the "wrong way". He started out in Oz, up the Indian ocean, eastern med, western med, thence on to canaries, carribean and presumably the Panama canal and back to Oz.

Have I missed something obvious?
Cape Horn and Good Hope.... not to mention the Roaring Forties... lol
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MarkJ's doing it the Right Way, for a Tradewinds circumnavigation. It's the Wrong Way if you're sailing in the Westerlies, i.e., higher latitudes, rounding the Capes.
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And to MarkJ perception "wrong-way" is the only "right-way."
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I get it - it's the warm route vs. the cold route.

I think MarkJ' s spot-on with his route....
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Of course Shane Acton (18' marine ply Caprice) did it that way in the seventies, partly solo, but did have a girl friend passenger part of the way, mind you he did use the two canals.
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I just finished reading this book solo round the world first... - The 'first' being by a Black man. He was going to do a tropical circumnavigation. His 'thing' was to do it as a schools educational thing where he broadcasts to them every day. Good Idea! Gregarious guy - lots of different cultures to introduce the children to... a real good educational thing.

Anyway the guy needs sponsorship and talks to Sir Robin Knox-Johnson who says "Pppppppppprrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr tropical! Thats for lamers! Ya gotta do the 5 capes!"

So this guy does.

He hates it. Bored, cold, nobody to visit. So bored he got depressed. 56 day passages, no land in sight, didn't even see Horn Island, wouldnt have seen Lewin, or the Cape but for going into Capetown to get fixed... etc. Sure he finished the circ. and did well.

but I just thought, if he had done what he wanted to do it would have been much more fun for him and educational for the kids.


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.... but did have a girl friend passenger part of the way, mind you he did use the two canals.
And his girlfriend agreed to that???
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Maybe some one should tell him it's already been done....by a girl.

Hasn't Dee Caffari already done it solo in both directions?
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Its a time breaker record attempt not a first time ever record attempt.

I don't understand the negative fuss about record seekers...never have never will.

Its their life..
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