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Old 23-11-2011, 13:31   #166
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Re: Negativity on Sailing Your Own Boat (RANT)

After nearly 6 weeks at sea.

Currently in Forster, NSW, Australia. Totally and physically exhausted, 40 kn miles off shore in the Tasman Sea and realized I was running out of pizzaz, so I headed for Port Maquarie on a 45 degree angle, missed it by 12 Kn miles, the wind and 5 knot current and 7 metre sea on the nose. could not go north so I got onto Marine Rescue in Forster who guided me into the Forster inlet at 2-30 am, Thank you very much Don from the Forster marine Rescue, I could not have got in here with out your help.
Coming in here. I had 5 metre waves on the nose, screaming head wind, going sideways, the depth sounder telling me I was in 7 feet of water, knowing I was in 300, very scary, the GPS kept dropping out because I was going too slow, more sideways than forward. nearly didnt make Forster either, I was going to go further south and hide behind Broughton Island if I didnt get in here,

Fiji to Bundaberg, through the middle of Vanuatu at night with a GPS up the creek and no maps, severe currents, screaming winds, mountainous seas, then across the top of New Caledonia, Through the channels in the reefs in the middle of the night, 4 days out from Bundaberg, I was gone, as the cock pit filled with water and a huge mountain of water stood vertically over the transom, lucky my little boat just popped out from under it, totally stuffed, I sailed into Bundaberg with no diesel, running on fumes, then the universal joint broke in the river, stayed in Bundy for a week repairing the boat, no rest, then down the coast, ran aground in the Maroochy River entrance, lost a day. no where to stop and rest so kept going south, to where I am now,

I will write a full report when I get home, in another 2 weeks,

Yes, I Bloody well did it, In the most severe weather and seas imaginable,
I have lived my dream, even if it did nearly kill me,
Do I regret it, No, I do not,
I still cant sail for ****, But I got my little Gemini here,


Cheers,
Brian,
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Old 23-11-2011, 13:48   #167
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Re: Negativity on Sailing Your Own Boat (RANT)

Mr. B, In life there are those who "do" and those who "don't." The "don't's" need a reason to justify their life. They are never accomplished people. Good luck and good sailing, Ron
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Old 23-11-2011, 14:57   #168
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After nearly 6 weeks at sea.

Currently in Forster, NSW, Australia. Totally and physically exhausted, 40 kn miles off shore in the Tasman Sea and realized I was running out of pizzaz, so I headed for Port Maquarie on a 45 degree angle, missed it by 12 Kn miles, the wind and 5 knot current and 7 metre sea on the nose. could not go north so I got onto Marine Rescue in Forster who guided me into the Forster inlet at 2-30 am, Thank you very much Don from the Forster marine Rescue, I could not have got in here with out your help.
Coming in here. I had 5 metre waves on the nose, screaming head wind, going sideways, the depth sounder telling me I was in 7 feet of water, knowing I was in 300, very scary, the GPS kept dropping out because I was going too slow, more sideways than forward. nearly didnt make Forster either, I was going to go further south and hide behind Broughton Island if I didnt get in here,

Fiji to Bundaberg, through the middle of Vanuatu at night with a GPS up the creek and no maps, severe currents, screaming winds, mountainous seas, then across the top of New Caledonia, Through the channels in the reefs in the middle of the night, 4 days out from Bundaberg, I was gone, as the cock pit filled with water and a huge mountain of water stood vertically over the transom, lucky my little boat just popped out from under it, totally stuffed, I sailed into Bundaberg with no diesel, running on fumes, then the universal joint broke in the river, stayed in Bundy for a week repairing the boat, no rest, then down the coast, ran aground in the Maroochy River entrance, lost a day. no where to stop and rest so kept going south, to where I am now,

I will write a full report when I get home, in another 2 weeks,

Yes, I Bloody well did it, In the most severe weather and seas imaginable,
I have lived my dream, even if it did nearly kill me,
Do I regret it, No, I do not,
I still cant sail for ****, But I got my little Gemini here,


Cheers,
Brian,
Welcome home Brian, and well done!
Where is 'home' in Aus?

I've looked at Geminis on the net with some interest, so I'm looking forward to your whole story.
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Old 23-11-2011, 15:18   #169
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Re: Negativity on Sailing Your Own Boat (RANT)

Lilydale in Melbourne. halfway up the side of Mt Dandenong.

Not once did I feel unsafe in my little Gemini, It truly is an amazing craft.

It inspires confidence, especially when your deep in the thick of it, and there is no out.

Not that I am going too, But I would cruise my Gemini 105Mc around the world,

It is truly a Blue water vessel in all respects,

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Old 23-11-2011, 15:37   #170
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Lilydale in Melbourne. halfway up the side of Mt Dandenong.

Not once did I feel unsafe in my little Gemini, It truly is an amazing craft.

It inspires confidence, especially when your deep in the thick of it, and there is no out.

Not that I am going too, But I would cruise my Gemini 105Mc around the world,

It is truly a Blue water vessel in all respects,

Brian.
Good to hear.

I know Lilydale.
Nice spot. My kids went to boarding schoold there.
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Congrats MrB! Hell of an accomplishment!
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Old 23-11-2011, 17:30   #172
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Great. Did you do it solo or with crew? Looking forward to your complete report...
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Old 23-11-2011, 18:13   #173
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Great. Did you do it solo or with crew? Looking forward to your complete report...
There was me, me and me,
Totally Solo.
One hell of a trip.
Looking forward to getting home, another 2 weeks yet to go.
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There was me, me and me,
Totally Solo.
One hell of a trip.
Looking forward to getting home, another 2 weeks yet to go.
Congratulations also. You will be well ready for Bass Straight now.
Probably a good thing you lady did not travel with you
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Old 23-11-2011, 18:35   #175
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Glad that you have arrived alive and sorta well.

Just curious: do you still think that you can average over 200 miles per day in your cat?

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Glad that you have arrived alive and sorta well.

Just curious: do you still think that you can average over 200 miles per day in your cat?

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Congrats Brian thats called living the dream.
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Glad that you have arrived alive and sorta well.

Just curious: do you still think that you can average over 200 miles per day in your cat?

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Physically drained, I would not have made Melbourne in my condition, Thats why I came in here. There is a limit to human endurance. And an Ego is not some thing you want out here at sea.
I did get 147 Nautical miles one day. But I am quite happy with around the 4 to 7 knot mark. I am going south west, and the wind is north, north west, with 7 metre waves. I was running before it, I ended up doing about 2500 Nk miles instead of 1600 kn miles.
actual time sailing between Fiji and Bundaberg was 16 days, But I stopped in Vanuatu for 3 days as I had no maps and the GPS was on the blink, Another Yauchtie fixed my GPS and set up my computer so I had maps again.
Very scary going through reefs in the middle of the night with no GPS or maps.
I still cant sail for ****, But I do know the boat now, and what it is capable off,
I might have to take sailing lessons to learn how to sail her., Hahahhahaha
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Congratulations mate! You winged it & you won! Great job.
All the best for 2012!
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Congratulations mate! You winged it & you won! Great job.
All the best for 2012!
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Thanks for the compliments, All the best to you all, as well,

But I didnt make it all the way home, Avoiding 2 bloody storms, I got hit by another from the south and ended up on a beach,

See my thread, Just when you think you are safe, CRASH,
I was only 700 miles from home,

Talk about being pissed off,
Heather doesnt like being at sea either,
From Bundy, We had the waves on the nose for 2.5 days, She was crook the whole time,

That Tasman Sea is a shithole, Western Pacific Ocean., The waves are all over the place,

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Old 12-01-2012, 00:00   #180
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You're not mad at them, you are mad at yourself for not doing it yet, even though you know you can. As soon as you start doing it, those negative mouths will soon shut.

ps. If you are already thinking it is possible, then it is. Go for it.
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