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Old 19-07-2013, 10:07   #16
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A Challenger 3.... a cheap beach toy dinghy that costs about 45... or used to a coupla years back..
Bad place to start from as well... strong tides.. and races that give big sailboats trouble if they get caught out taking a short cut...
If he'd looked like he might make reasonable progress he'd likely have been left alone... but 12 hours in and 2 tide changes he's 5 miles E of his jump off... heading for the race's off Swanage... and the Point...
We love crazy.... but when it turns to stupid... pull em in and provide some basic info..
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Old 19-07-2013, 11:02   #17
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that is hilarious...he shoulda had his gps...and a backup raft, err, bathtub toy ..

had the spirit right, tho....
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Old 19-07-2013, 11:29   #18
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Anything for a pint o' Guiness.
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Old 19-07-2013, 11:41   #19
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Obviously totally unprepared. He didn't even have Rocna aboard!
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Old 19-07-2013, 11:51   #20
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He probably posted his plan on an Internet forum and was told to "just do it!"
and if he had made it just think of all the praise from the small boat lovers and "systems" haters he would have gotten
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"that's going to be a long voyage... "
And here I thought sailing was all about the journey. If you just want to get someplace, you hop a plane and skip all the messy time at sea.
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they shld hv let him be ...

he was clearly aiming to be the darwin award winner the year ...
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He was very lucky. He might have drowned and his million dollar life insurance would have gone to his wife, and helped to pay off his debts owed to drug dealers. Now he must go back to shore and probably will have his legs broken or his knee caps smashed,
either by the drug dealers, or his wife.
It might have been worse, so he is lucky.

Just thought I'd accuse him of all kinds of things without any basis because this is the internet and he was not successful.
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He was very lucky. He might have drowned and his million dollar life insurance would have gone to his wife, and helped to pay off his debts owed to drug dealers. Now he must go back to shore and probably will have his legs broken or his knee caps smashed,
either by the drug dealers, or his wife.
It might have been worse, so he is lucky.

Just thought I'd accuse him of all kinds of things without any basis because this is the internet and he was not successful.
+1 imagine the slagging he'd get on CF if he'd pressed the red button ,( assuming he had one)

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He was very lucky. He might have drowned and his million dollar life insurance would have gone to his wife, and helped to pay off his debts owed to drug dealers. Now he must go back to shore and probably will have his legs broken or his knee caps smashed,
either by the drug dealers, or his wife.
It might have been worse, so he is lucky.

Just thought I'd accuse him of all kinds of things without any basis because this is the internet and he was not successful.
You've caught on. He would have been a hero if he'd made it with no watermaker or latest GPS chartplotter and AIS/SSB.
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"that's going to be a long voyage... "
And here I thought sailing was all about the journey. If you just want to get someplace, you hop a plane and skip all the messy time at sea.
Oh, I agree. However, I'd say he was excessively poorly prepared for a circumnavigation via the North-East and North-West passages, even by the "go early with what you've got" standards many espouse.
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Well I say good for him. it's allright for us in our yachts to critisise. He was happy and he was trying out a new adventure. Just like the old explorers.

Now a days it is all health and Safety. BOLLOCKS. I reckon he was a brave heart if maybe a bit stupid.
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His boat:


Where he was heading:


He isn't the first though...
BBC News - French race yachts in Dorset firing range 'error'
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He was probably well armed.........
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Took 28/29 posts before it became a gun thread
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