I must say I saw this coming. I was in st. Augustine when he left and nothing about his plan instilled much confidence that he would finish. The carbon free foot print claim really irritated me. I just never could get behind his plan as anything more that a personal goal. Don't get me wrong it's a hell of a challenge. But he kept talking like he was setting some record
. It's all been done, several times over. If he had another person on board and a diesel
he'd still be out there enjoying his circumnavigation
. No matter how you slice it a rich guy in a fancy carbon boat is never going to be carbon footprint free and the more he mentioned it the more it got under my skin. I know, I know, I'm a dick. I'm fully ready to be flamed by the sail purist and enviro crowd who see his mission as a great feat. I'm not a right wing anti EPA nut or a hippy tree hugger, but I really like internal combustion. Guess I'm more of a Robert Bebee fan, I did really like the voyages of Laura Dekker and Jess Watson. This whole thing has rubbed me the wrong way from the first utterance of hydrocarbon free. It seemed to fancy from the get go, to much dependency on electric
power. Seems he's not used to roughing it, a simpler boat might still be out there. If you don't want to run a genny, a electric
stove is not a good choice. I'm all for rich guys in fancy boats (sail or power) doing whatever they want. Hell I hope to be there someday, but passing it off as a social cause with the carbon free bit really irks me . Yawl can shoot me now, there's gotta be at least on person who agrees with me.