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
. 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
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.