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Old 09-08-2008, 15:38   #1
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This is really inspirational!

Here's a single-handed sailor who takes care of himself! From 'Lectronic Latitudes...

"For the last 12 days of his 27-day passage from the Bay to Kauai in the Singlehanded TransPac, Ruben Gabriel was sailing his Pearson Electra Sparky under jury rig. On July 27, Gabriel got a gust of wind that Sparky's mast just couldn't contain. It snapped a couple feet above the gooseneck, dropping everything on the foredeck. When Gabriel called Race Chair Synthia Petroka to alert her of his situation, she inspired him by saying "You're a singlehander you'll figure it out." And indeed he did. While some may have thrown in the towel and requested assistance, Gabriel became more determined than ever to finish what he started."

Click here for "the rest of the story." Latitude 38 - The West's Premier Sailing & Marine Magazine
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Old 09-08-2008, 15:54   #2
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Another one...

Just got a note from a friend in Polynesia...

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There is a guy here NUK--Single handed japanese guy---arrived in Fatu Hiva from San Diego---tried to pay his bond with a citi card---would notwork----then tried to get cash with the citi card---NOT IN POLYNESIA---then that night somehow his dinghy got torn--about 18 in---he didnt have enough patch maerial or glue and neither did anyone else SO---he sailed 21 days to HAWAII---went to the cash machine, biught a new dink and sailed 20 days back to Fatu Hiva to clear in.

That's some sailing...

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Both of those are awesome stories.

I've been following along waiting for Sparky to make it in!
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That's resoucefulness at it's best, and the way it's suppose to be!!!!!!!!! Love these kind of stories.
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