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Old 18-07-2013, 18:38   #1
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What a Nutter

Just read this it made me laugh
American man, 40, rescued from 6ft inflatable dinghy with makeshift sail 12 hours into voyage from Dorset to IRELAND | Mail Online
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Old 18-07-2013, 18:44   #2
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Wow!
He's one lucky sonofabitch to have been rescued!
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Old 18-07-2013, 18:52   #3
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Re: What a nutter

Complained about the high cost of the ferry from Pembroke.
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Old 18-07-2013, 18:55   #4
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Re: What a nutter

As Ron White likes to say.

You can't fix stupid...
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Old 18-07-2013, 21:34   #5
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Re: What a nutter

Those crazy Americans!
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Old 18-07-2013, 21:51   #6
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Re: What a nutter

I didn't see anywhere in the article that stated he wanted to be rescued.
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Old 18-07-2013, 22:55   #7
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No, the army phoned up the coastguard because he was drifting into the danger area for an armoured vehicle firing range and disrupting training!
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Old 18-07-2013, 23:37   #8
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Re: What a nutter

But, but... He was wearing his PFD!
And he had a life raft - well, used as a backrest.
All in all, probably a good thing he wasn't leaving from New Zealand.
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I can't see that his boat was in any way inferior to the hide coracles that were used in Ireland and other locales a thousand years ago, and no one called those folks crazy for using them. According to the photos he did literally have both paddles in the water and the rest, well, haven't we all had days with light wind and adverse current?
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Old 19-07-2013, 04:54   #10
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I can't see that his boat was in any way inferior to the hide coracles that were used in Ireland and other locales a thousand years ago, and no one called those folks crazy for using them.
But they were crazy... :-) Or at least didn't have any regard for personal safety...
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Re: What a nutter

with the weather at teh moment, you could cross on a sheet of plywood!!!

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Re: What a nutter

People do a lot of stupid things and much worst than this. The raft almost looks like something from Walmart. If he had upgraded to a used Avon, had sun protection, GPS and enough provisions, I think it would have been a fun adventure.
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Re: What a nutter

He probably posted his plan on an Internet forum and was told to "just do it!"
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Re: What a nutter

It was only crazy because he did not have a SSB, and several different brands of EPIRBS and sat phones, and carrier pigeons....l

.... Like most everyone here carry when leaving sight of land.
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One point. He was picked up ~5 miles East of where he set out. If he was genuinely heading for Ireland, that's going to be a long voyage...
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