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Old 28-09-2010, 11:53   #241
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Weird to see this thread still going!!

OK, I just anchored in the Canaries where I will be till heading to the Caribbean after the Hurricane season ends.

She is doing fine, got a house in Brisbane, got a job with a big company, re-enrolled in University to complete her degree. She will take all those things she has learned from the boat and make them part of her background traits: commitment, tenacity, resilience, and most of all something thats lacking in this modern world and few women in 'normal life' exercise: courage.

It takes courage to do your watch in a storm, and to be on the helm alone at night off the coast of Somalia.

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Old 28-09-2010, 13:57   #242
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Nice one Mark.... the next bit is a cruise... Doesn't get busy till St Lucia...lol.
Glad you enjoyed it and things went fairly smoothly
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Charlie Nobles, Executive Director of the American Sailing Association, estimates that fewer than 250 people have ever circumnavigated the globe alone on sailboat. To put that in perspective, roughly three times as many people have climbed Mount Everest, according to the association.
I don’t think anyone’s bothered to keep track of all the solo transat’s; but I’d agree that 500 seems a small number.
At least 21 boats completed the OSTAR is 2009.
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Old 28-09-2010, 17:02   #244
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but I’d agree that 500 seems a small number.
At least 21 boats completed the OSTAR is 2009.
Yes, I agree its too low. But when you think about it, its not going to be extraordinarily high either. Its not going to be 10,000. Even if its only been 5,000 thats alright by me. Not that I'm doing it for that. Thats kinda my level of adventure when if I could say I'm the 5,000th to have done it.

If you consider one person per year from Slocumb to OSTAR (OSTAR is only once per 4 years I think) say all them, the Jesters, other racers, cruisers back and forward, say 20 per year... thats about 800 to 1,000 there...
Maybe its not quite 5,000 even.
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Welll...I have had a similar experience.....not as long lived...but intense just the same...wonderful woman...had sailed from Rio to Capetown, farms in Yorkshire and travels to Kenya for a charity...we got on like a house on fire...6 1/2 weeks cruising in the Pacific Vavau to Lautoka, Yasawa Is then on to Vila...and she left ... had to...due to commitments at home...man i miss her ... she would make coffee at 3 am for watch changes no problem in 30 knots seas 5 m....adjust the wind vane, reef the main, helm when needed.....and during the day, make lunch, lounge around in (or out) her bikini....gorgeous..and she was 59 !! ... it's so lonely without her...
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I'm OK by myself now but I still envy the guys I see whose women are real partners, not first mates. I love capable women and have known a lot of them.
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Charlie Nobles, Executive Director of the American Sailing Association, estimates that fewer than 250 people have ever circumnavigated the globe alone on sailboat. To put that in perspective, roughly three times as many people have climbed Mount Everest, according to the association.
I don’t think anyone’s bothered to keep track of all the solo transat’s; but I’d agree that 500 seems a small number.
At least 21 boats completed the OSTAR is 2009.
The following and $3.25 will get you a beer at the BackStreet Pub in Beaufort, NC: I had a beer there tonight with one Capt Dan Meggitt, one of the 250 circumnavigators. His current boat is an 80' behemoth called: Everest.
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Wow. Somehow I also missed this thread. So sorry to hear of this, Mark.
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Whatever small number of people have completed a solo transat’, the feat remains a singular accomplishment. (pun intended)
I admire all who do so.
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Solo sailor as crew

If I remember rightly there was a young Aussie girl who just completed a solo circumnavigation, should be some experience there if you need crew. Initials were J W I recall but not the religious type. Can discuss Aussie-rules footie whilst crossing the pond. Just a thought
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250 may be the 'recorded' number... but I know the real figures a lot higher... some people just do it without the fuss and publicity...
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Mark...been away for a couple weeks and also missed this news. Heartbroken to hear about the separation. Sounds like your attitude is very positive. Wish you and Nic the very best and much happiness.
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