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Old 01-03-2015, 15:04   #31
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Re: Stop Press -- 84-Year Old Man Crosses Atlantic In Garden Shed

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Note that the vessel has daggerboards
Is the sail hi-tech laminate? cross cut or radial? Would he buy the same again or look for better windward performance?
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Old 01-03-2015, 15:21   #32
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Is the sail hi-tech laminate? cross cut or radial? Would he buy the same again or look for better windward performance?
I don't know, but the latest leaked information suggest that the craft was not actually home-built:

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Apparently it's the top-secret prototype of the Legend III undergoing extensive blue water trials.
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I agree! Except for this bit: "with little more than their guts and willpower." I think you contradict yourself. They had a lot more than ust guts and willpower -- they had discipline, persistence, intelligence.

And I agree about who I'd rather cross an ocean with


I think we agree more than we disagree.

When I said what you consider a contradiction, I did not see it as such, from my POV. But then I was thinking beyond the Antiki example, back to the many Small Boat or Extreme Boat voyagers who cross oceans or similar risky feats.

Some are obviously intelligent. But intelligent people don't always have the other "Right Stuff" to make it to the end of challenges.

Some may even seem "crazy" to me and it may seem they are taking foolish risks. But, some do succeed, and that is also admirable, because they tried something few would. For them, the "Guts" to try something is an admirable quality.

But I also thought of those who in the beginning or while planning, may be "Intelligent" and possess all kinds of external support, but when the "Ship Hits the Fantail" (or they face a big challenge or hardship) they lack the Willpower to continue to a successful conclusion. Brave men, intelligent men, and even physically strong men, sometimes give up too soon.
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Anyway, I don't expect anyone to see things exactly as I do, but it is nice to know one's views do resonate with someone.
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I think it tells us, your never too old to do great things!
I totally agree!

This is one of the things that I find inspirational about Antiki.
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I wonder how this thread would have gone if he had not made it and needed rescue?

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They would have received the usual CF criticism of course. Especially from some that have commented here claiming superb seamanship skills and construction of vessel.

As someone else pointed out they were just 'lucky'.

What 'seamanship skills'? it was largely at the whim of the ocean currents and wind.

But, despite my believing this, I applaud them. It was a wonderful feat of resourcefulness, psychological discipline and determination.

I'm 100% behind endeavours such as this one, even breaking ground in smaller vessels such as those 'rowing' across oceans. As long as they do it with good planning, and safety precautions in mind. (now I didn't read it but I presume they have a safety raft/epirb/flares and all the usual safety gear?).

I'd even be in favour of someone breaking a record by swimming around the world, as long as they do it with a support crew. And that 'first' is coming one day.
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Re: Stop Press -- 84-Year Old Man Crosses Atlantic In Garden Shed

I guess we have seen the birth of the first Quadmaran.
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