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Old 15-02-2006, 12:17   #286
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I agree with Gord & Wheels.

It's very easy to misinterperet words that were typed out for posting.

It's also to get easily confused about certain aspects of what's being mentioned. When negative contexts are thrown into the mix.

Thus making a legitmate thread, into one long and winding posting fight. (Fued)?

I would love to hear a legitmate. And interesting comment posting on "positive notes," to be posted on here. Now, we're all human beings here. Even I have sounded negative in the past. And everyone else has fought themselves. In one way or another from wanting to post any negative comments on this here forum?

It just boils down to simply this. If you don't think you can post postively. Instead of negative comments. You are sure guranteed some form of automatic fire. From someone who's a regular on this forum.

Cause to alot of us on this forum. This place is like the local city library to some of us. A place to find more knowledge about sailing. And it's lifestyle. And a place to make friends. And find out more about sailing and it's lifestyle.

As to making friends on this forum. I most definately have. And I have met one of them just recently. A great person to get to know. And there are plenty more out on this forum. Who I would have the great honor and privilage to hopefully get to meet some day?

This forum to me is like a library. And the local club for hobbists. That's what this forum is like to me. And it's been so far been great to learn form this forum. And making friends.



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Old 15-02-2006, 16:59   #287
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WOW! As those of you who CONTRIBUTE to this forum know, I do not visit this thread much. Mainly because it really does not interest me, but I was directed here as a result of the new poster, Bum.
Bum, I have read your posts, and FWIW, they do sound infamatory. This realy surprises me, and here is why. I have a great interest in Cape Horn. Even an obsession. I have not sailed it, but my interest has taken me to many people who have, from those who have done it on small boats, to one sailor who experienced it on a steamer. The one thing that all of them came back with was humility. An understanding that as great as their accomplishment was, it was only by the grace of the sea that they were allowed to complete that journey. You do not seem to possess that humility. I am not sure if I am reading more into your posts than is really there, or maybe missing something, but that is what is coming across. That being said, show me! If you have done this, you deserve my respect, and I will value any views you choose to share. Post some photos in the gallery. I for one, will welcome them, and value the rare addition. I would even like to see you start a thread. Tell of your voyage. If you have accomplished this, I am sure that others will share my interest in reading about it. This forum thrives on such contributions, so forget about this thread. The Bumfuzzles do not need an advocate here. I can not imagine that they even care if we approve. I would hope they have far better things to do, so please, contribute from your experience. I think we would all benefit.
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It is my opinion that Pat is playing everyone to keep the spin going on his voyage.
Pat now posts a link on his copyright protected web page to this thread. It's simple self-promotion ! Aren't we better off without it ?
I do not think this thread and the ongoing attacks contribute anything to this BB. Wheels' post was a clear request for people not to dredge this up. Now he is the target of Pat's promotional efforts. I still believe this thread should be deleted to cut the lines.
If folks want to follow Pat, he has a web site. They can contribute to his cruise and follow his adventure.

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Old 15-02-2006, 19:09   #289
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Larry, does that mean no Cape Horn photos? Ah man... I'm bummed!
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Ahhhhhhhhhh....damn it. I was looking forward to seeing some photos from Cape Horn.
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Well I guess i've been beaten with the stick and I'm recovering with a few bruises. You 'older' gentlemen who have been on this site for ages seem to run things here and fair enough.

However please take one thing in your stride. You guys are not always right and sometimes you can come across a bit arrogant like the rest of us mere mortals.

As I have to work I'll reply to your questions when I get time regarding Cape Horn - I have lots of photos but not of the cape itself as it was dark and cloudy - (in fact fog) on the night I went around.

Here is a link to the MOB system - very simular to the one we used however ours was manufactured in New Zealand I believe.

http://www.deepblue.ch/marine/test/pro_mob.html
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Hey bum.

You keep calling us all "older gentlemen."

Roughly how old are you. If you don't mind me asking you this question?

Myself, I'm in my late 30's.

So I can imagine you're probably in your late 20's to early 30's?
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29 to be exact. Kai Nui seems to have some doubt as to the validity of my voyage if I am reading into his comments correctly - if that is the case why not just come out and say it? Of course if i'm reading into your comments wrong forgive me. That is something I'm learning pretty quickly here is to be very careful what you say other wise people get the wrong idea.

In short my trip consisted of buying a yacht in Brisbane, sailing to Sydney, then to Dunedin New Zealand, around Stewart Island, up the West Coast to Nelson, Wellington, Auckland via Tauranga to Russell to repair a stuffed alternator. I did this part of the voyage with my brother who lives in New Zealand. Leaving Russell I single handed to Puerto Williams which took me 9 weeks. Funny thing is the worst weather I had was about 3 days out from New Zealand where I was knocked down 3 times in a row. The hardest thing was the regular sail changes to keep the yacht moving. Completely stuffing. I left the yacht with my brother here in Chile while he cruised with his wife around the fjords. I went home to earn some money and keep business going for 4 months. Returning to the boat my brother had put it into a marina at Puerto Montt. We slipped her and spent a month restepping the rig and antifouling and painting. Thank goodness she was made of steel as 3 hours out of the marina on my way around the horn I hit uncharted rocks at 6 knots. Around the horn was an emotional experience for me as I worked so hard to make this trip happen. However fog and no moon and smooth seas were all I saw. I never thought of motor sailing around the Horn. I sailed a direct trip to New York where another brother of mine works and spent 2 lovely weeks in marinas before sailing home to the UK. I've sold the boat now as we now have our first kiddy here back in good old New Zealand. I'd highly recommend a steel yacht if you have any asperations of offshore heavy weather sailing. Mine was a Pugh 40 footer made in Australia. The best day I had out of her was 147 nm single handing. When time is available we will be purchasing a 45 footer for a world cruise with our kids - I really want to get back to Chile to see things properly as I didn't have time to look things over properly.

Looking back i've probably done things a little bad on this board and did a bit of name calling - sorry about that - all I wanted to do was support the bums because until you are really out there sailing it does get quite annoying when people give you sh1t. I know that not everyone has the opportunity or time or money to do a long trip but I was very much like the bums and had little real experience before I left. I learn't as I went and did it in chunks and I always sailed in a conservative manner.

so no more name calling from me and I'll try and tow the line with this board as it has some great resourses.
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Bum, was I questioning the validity of your claims? Yes, and for the reasons I mentioned, however, I would not be so bold as to state that I do not believe them without much more information than was provided in your previous posts. It looks like you found that humility I was speaking of.
Had I simply thought you were full of it, I would have said so, but since you did not provide enough information for me to draw that conclusion, I offered you the opportunity to prove yourself. I understand the lack of photos of Horn Island, but I am sure you have some fascinating photos of southern Chile and Tierra Del Fuego, that all of us would enjoy. You short summary of the voyage is very interesting, and I would like to hear more. Unless, of course, you are holding out until the book is published.
As for "old guys", I am not that much older than you are. 40. I do consider myself knowlegable on most aspects of sailing and boats. I willingly offer that knowlege to whomever asks, and am the first to admit when I am wrong. I do not critisize you or anyone for disagreeing with me, but I will ask that you show me your point. I can explain in great detail the reasoning behind what I believe. If you want me to change my views, you will have to do the same. In this case, you came cruising in pointing fingers, and telling people what to think. Seems a bit bold for your first couple of posts, and I have to say, I do not really see your reasoning. Your last two posts were slightly less confrontational.
This in mind, lets start over. Forget about the Bummfuzzles. You will not likely change any minds about them on this forum. They are who they are, and if they come away better people from their experience, than it was a success.
Jump out there, and start a thread. As I suggested before, I think many of us would enjoy the subject of Cape Horn. Place your story out there, and let us ask you some questions about it.
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I most absolutely agree with Kai.

I would love to hear about your experiences about sailing around the Horn.

Your story about your 40 foot Pugh sailboat.

And how did she handle the seas?

What was going through your mind. That exact moment when your boat hit uncharted rocks at 6 knots? Stuff like this are stories to be written about on this forum.

I would love to hear them. I'm sure that I speak for alot of people on this forum. That if you were to really contribute stories, about your experiences. You would gain fans (friends). And even earn more respect in the sailing community from your stories.

This is something to think about. And if you really want to tell your stories. I know someone who has a show on the internet. That would probably might consider bringing you on his show? That's something else to consider about as well?

So now. The introductions are set. I am looking forward in hearing more about your sailing journey, Bum. And welcome aboard!!
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I have stated on here many times that I have virtually zero sailing experience yet am off on an NZ circumnavigation in April yet nobody here has said I am unwise. Do we actually just have a different perception of people that are outside our "community"? This is by no means being judgemental, just trying to inspire a bit of navel gazing about how we view ourselves as a group. Damn, Friday night and I'm sober.
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Well Pete.

It won't be much longer, til you could have all you could drink. Get totally plastered. And don't have to worry about going to work the next day, for a while?
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Experience

No matter what the activity experience will differ dramatically.
It is hard to explain the danger of a typical country intersection to folks who have never wintessed what can happen. So it is easy to end up like Rebel Without a Cause. It is easy to drown while surfing, I have seen it happen to someone I warned just 15 minutes earlier. He could not see the danger. There are no old tree toppers. I do not know how to judge the experience of the folks that write about sailing. I do not know how to interprit the conditions as they describe them.
Some folks are gifted and do provide reliable reports. There is a video of David Jeffreys going around the IOM on a big Suzuki. It will make your hair stand on end as he provides us with commentary. He augered in a year later. Joey Dunlop, the rider with the most wins at the IOM was killed at a small track in Estonia.
Lattitude 38 just wrote this : " As so often is the case, those who know the least and who are unfamiliar with the circumstances, are the most critical "
I can do a view things well, but compared to the gifted I am mediocre.
I agree with adding some excitement to your life while you can. I have surfed, road raced and ridden a fire breather around a cross country course, and sailed for a long time. There is still much more sailing to do. Stay tuned.
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Keeping in mind it is Friday, after a VERY long week. I am not sure I am following the direction the last couple of posts are going, so bare with me. I am not judging the Fuzzles, or Bum. As I said, if the Fuzzles come out better people, than their journey was a success. As for Bum, I am asking him to support his spectacular claims by adding to the forum. I am sure he has nothing to prove to me, but I am rather surprised of his apparent unwillingness to share his adventure.
Life is short,so go for it. I would much rather die doing what I love, than sitting around a retirement home lamenting about what I did not do. I have never critisized anyone on thsi thread for persuing a dream, regardless of their skills. From what I have seen on this thread, the real issue is not the Fuzzle's lack of knowledge, but lack of compassion for those they encounter along the way. Maybe I have read more int othis than is there, but that is what it looks like to me. Having known someone like this, I would agree that that be a sad way to see the world.
If I sink along the way, just throw a bottle of good scotch in after me and have a party, because that is what I am going to do for you.
Now, before I get caught up in this thread, that I really do not care about, I am done. If I post here again, it will be only to something directly addressing me, because, the Fuzzles just do not matter to me. Hope they are enjoying the journey.
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Pete - don't do it! Sail a dinghy around your bathtub for a few years, take all sorts of courses, read every sailing book ever written and then seek this forum's approval before you put to sea.

Just kidding of course I can't help but stir the pot now and then.

I trust you'll be sailing with an experienced skipper/crew? Having read some of Alan's descriptions, it sounds like NZ has some scary waters. I found the north end (Auckland, Bay of Islands) picturesque and not the least bit nerve-wracking. Wouldn't say the same thing about the Tasman - I have vivid memories of watching a 20,000 tonne supply ship's bow come clear of the water, before tipping forward pulling the screw high above the surf, then losing sight of her as she descended into the trough - only to repeat the process over and over again. Of course the same process was going on from my vantage - a 4200 tonne escort destroyer - proportionately magnified by our smaller size. Being younger and less wise, my reaction was "yeeee hawwww" and not "holy sh*t!" I was a trainee at the time, so didn't get many picture opportunities - I'll see if I have any. But I'm sure if anyone needs proof, the Royal New Zealand Navy has pictures of its 75th Anniversary (1991) - mine's the toothpaste-coloured ship in the centre of the ceremonial anchorage.

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