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Old 15-04-2020, 14:05   #1
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Dutch backpackers buy a boat to escape from 'coronavirus in Australia'

Some news in Australia making the headlines:

http://www.sbs.com.au/language/engli...s-in-australia

Ambitious any time... but with worldwide restrictions to movement and land contact even more so.
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Old 15-04-2020, 14:33   #2
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The article says there are only two sailing routes: through the Canals. Lord knows what else they got wrong. Guess they haven't heard of the Good Hope route or Cape Horn.

Hope they're able to provision for the whole time, and nothing goes wrong. Might need to create some water catchment. Wonder if they'll understand the need to remove the gooseneck barnacles. Perhaps they'll get enough online help to muddle through, and have a wonderful adventure.

Online sailing classes? How about communications and navigation.

There's a lot of craziness in the world.

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Well stocked with “canned food and rum”. That settles it then.
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Old 17-04-2020, 04:47   #4
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Re: Dutch backpackers buy a boat to escape from 'coronavirus in Australia'

it is idiots like this that risk authorities interfering with the rest of us enjoying our boats and the worlds oceans in peace

just hope somebody talks some sense in to them before they become fodder for the news machine

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Hope they make it, if they ever get started. Either way at their age it's probably all fun anyway.
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There is just so much wrong with this story.

So they’re hoping to leave in a month and will be going with the Panama Canal option, “all going well”. So they’re headed from Australia going east against all the systems. On a boat that they bought from the proceeds of a backpacker’s camper van they sold. Even seasoned voyagers sailing well found passage-makers baulk at this prospect. I know I do.

They have no sailing experience and in the next month they’re going to do a crash course in sailing. Alongside prepping the new-to-them boat, of course. They are going to take turns steering.

And if they miss the “Panama option”, they’ll have wait 6 months for the “Suez option”, not really understanding that it’ll take them 6 months to get to the Suez Canal.

They’re going to live on canned food and rum. The co-captain says it feels right because the boat has the same name as a girl he has feelings for. And they have a well equipped dingy and a satellite phone.

OMG!

This is one scenario in which the need to pass an NZ CAT1 inspection starts to make some sense. If (and I sincerely hope it doesn’t) this venture goes tits-up, it’ll be NZ’s SAR that will have to fetch them back, and I, who has to do the Cat 1 at considerable cost to do sensible passages, will have to watch my taxes employed to fund their rescue. Go figure.

OK, so maybe the media report doesn’t tell the whole story but to me, if there was more to tell it would’ve been told.
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Re: Dutch backpackers buy a boat to escape from 'coronavirus in Australia'

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Some news in Australia making the headlines:

http://www.sbs.com.au/language/engli...s-in-australia

Ambitious any time... but with worldwide restrictions to movement and land contact even more so.

I'm sorry but this is a "duplicate" thread w/many more responses in the original.
https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...ia-232888.html
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I'm sorry but this is a "duplicate" thread w/many more responses in the original.
https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...ia-232888.html
thanks for pointing that out. funny how we see some threads but overlook others !

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