Wow, I go out on the town last night, and this morning I see atoll has offered some assistance to a fellow sailor, and some Monday-morning quarterbacking from others?? (what an exciting night you guys had...
1) Atoll...good show!!
2) And, for those worrying about hurting some sailors pride???
Relax a little....
I'll just relate a 100% true story...
When I was a kid cruising with my parents, as they determined I was old enough to understand and had proven myself mature enough to sail on long passages and stand a watch and/or work
the foredeck, they gave me a good "talking to"...
They told me the first rule
: DON"T FALL OFF THE BOAT! ('cause if you do, you'd probably never be found...ever)
And, then the second rule
: DON'T LET FOOLISH PRIDE GET IN THE WAY OF BEING SAFE....ALWAYS CLIP-IN (harness) AND DON'T BE AFARID TO CRAWL ON-DECK, AS THE LIFE YOUR SAVING IS YOUR OWN!
Yes, that was just a little bit of what my parents taught me about offshore
cruising/sailing, in the late 60's/early 70's....
And, while many folks seem to imply, or talk about, machismo and "true sailors", has it occurred to anyone that, for offshore sailing at least, they're not based on reality????
But rather are more myth!!!
(oh, I suppose that it's possible that some of these ideals, hyped by media and "the anonymity of the internet" might apply to some of those "round-the-can" sailors....but when crossing oceans, I just remember the lessons my parents taught me so many years ago....and, it's worked for me so far, lots of miles offshore even a few times across the Atlantic and I haven't fallen off the boat yet
3) As for the owner not watching this thread, nor probably not paying attention to the Spot data....
Originally Posted by Blue Crab
surprised gobsmacked the owner was unaware. Great job Atoll!
I understand your amazement, but unfortunately, I'm not surprised at all...
I realize there's a LOT of posts here, but if you look at my post #278, on 27th Feb, you'll see what I mean....(they've got other things on their mind..)
Click here to read that post, with the details...including the owner's Cruiser's Forum postings...
4) As for weather.....
Originally Posted by sparau
Were the gribs wrong? Is this just expected to have perhaps 10-15k over a large area but locally have different conditions?
Sparau, please understand that some of us, like me, do not use "grib's", but rather use synoptic charts
, with forecasts drawn by trained/experienced ocean meteorologists...
I can't speak to whether the grib's were wrong, but the weather charts
I was using were not wrong!!
In this case, I was using the US NWS/NOAA surface charts and wind/wave forecast charts (and some 500mb upper air charts), to accurately predict Boatman's route
across the Atlantic (up until his turn towards the Azores
, due to some mechanical / rigging
I'm sure some here were using grib's (raw computer model data), but just wanted you to know that we don't all use 'em...
Fair winds to 'ya Phil!!!
s/v Annie Laurie