Originally Posted by mbianka
1) He has no tracking device onboard.
2) He arrives 20 days ahead of "schedule"
3) Lost his electronics
in a capsize
4) Was not able to contact passing ships. (...)
5) His wife was never concerned after "communications" were lost?(...)
6) Yeah, people saw him leaving and people saw him arriving. I could say I'm heading off from New York
7) I'm really sort of playing devils advocate here but, I'd like to see more proof than people saw him leave the Canary Island and arrive in the middle of the night in Antigua
1) he had a sat phone
that stopped working when wet, this is, I believe, what his website says, I also believe this is what they do,
2) he set the schedule, arriving early only proves he rowed faster than his estimates, (we too arrived 'before schedule' and 'after schedule' 9 times out of 10 we crossed oceans, does it imply we did not cross them?)
3) apparently he did not lose the GPS
, did he? what other electronics do you have in mind? an IPod?, I think an ocean rowing canoe is not quite so electronics-dense,
4) well, you have clearly not crossed Atlantic ocean
on this route
yet: a) there are not too many ships there (e.g. we met 1 on our 1st crossing), not all of them respond to VHF, do not ask me why,
5) and how many wives do you know that did row the ocean?
6) very far fetched scenario, not my deck
7) nothing stops you from contacting Gabor and asking him your doubts,
I am 100% with you on the way 'records' are set today in sailing (climbing, rowing, diving
, to name but a few). If I were to organize such an event, I would too make sure all possible tracking/beeping and otherwise devices were onboard and I would twitt and update my facebook profile daily ... However, it was neither me nor you out there rowing and apparently there is more than one take on such issues.
And since it was neither me nor you out there rowing, I think spreading one's unsubstantiated doubts as to whether this guy actually did it is, well, not seamanlike.