Whilst away from CF.com have been working on a couple of projects..........
Seizing the spirit of the age, with youngest, fastest, first etc etc I have decided that rather than me sailing RTW would be a challenge to send a Goat around in my place.
The First and Youngest and Fastest Goat to sail solo RTW.
Obviously a couple of practical hurdles to overcome:-
I think the licensing thing can be sorted by making this a Non-Stop RTW, around both Capes. The Goat agrees.
is however proving slightly more problematical than I first thought. The Goat is ok when navigating uphill, but doesn't quite yet have a hang of the finer points of Astro. Not helped by being on our 10th set of Astro Navigation
But the good news is that the Goat is a surprisingly able helmsan
, certainly surprised me given the rather poor previous efforts at flying a plane. But I guess sailing is a tad easier than aerobatics.......
Given the advances in technology I think it quite feasible to hook up the autopilot
to a chartplotter
'em into a PC for remote
access by me. The clever bit is rather than use an expensive satellite
connection to instead use WIFI
- the plan being to Zig Zag between coasts / continents as whenever near shore the WIFI
kicks in and I can simply remotely set the next course. (Zig or Zag, as required). The Goat agrees, with the proviso that it would be prudent to also keep a sextant
onboard. and 2 dozen Astro Navigation Tables, the lemon flavoured ones.......
- Apart from fishing
, the Goat will be living on Goat Pellets. and these can be easily rationed and dispensed automatically on a regular basis in the Goat-o-Matic-RTW-Goatsailor-Dispenser ™.
I think that pretty covers everything (unless anyone can suggest any areas I have not covered).
Obviously some will say it is irresponsible to help a Kid
acheive it's dreams of sailing solo RTW, but if you look into those deep dark eyes you just know
that the Goat is ready for anything
- Well, we need to choose the best boat to send a Goat RTW (Goat expresses no opinion on Mono vs Multi). Google
(and WIKI) has proved surprisingly unhelpful on this subject
- and of course we will need to name the Boat......
- and I was also thinking that a catchy slogan would also be useful to help attract sponsorship. The Goat suggested: "Goat on a Boat - RTW in 2010 - How hard can it be?",
but I am not so sure as sounds a bit unprofessional........and not the image we want to project
to potential Sponsors.