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Webb Chiles-Opua to Capetown 2016

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Depends on one's point of reference.  To most non-sailors, and probably even most sailors, any singled-handed circumnavigator is a bit crazy.   In the realm of single-handed and short handed circumnavigators, Mr. Chiles is on the side that prefers simplicity and is willing to accept some discomfort to achieve it. But he also makes reasoned trade-offs.  For example, when he started out he said he wasn't sure if he would do the horn or the canal.  Having sailed the Moore across a couple of oceans he chose the canal.  He's sometimes chosen to sail more slowly than he could because it is easier on him and the boat.  

 

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5 hours ago, southerncross said:

Have to disagree with you on this one Sloop (except maybe the open 18').

Risks and calculated risks.  To most this would be foolish but I reckon Webb has experienced and survived almost every known predicament known to crossing oceans.  Not the riskiest route either IMHO.

It's interesting: he initially takes the person to task for setting himself up as "an expert" (who has now "given up the sea") on the basis of "two voyages", which he (Chiles) nevertheless "respects"- but denies that he is a "good friend" (apparently being somewhat selective in who should be accorded such a moniker).  Then he takes issue with the (obviously humorous and backhandedly reverential) reference made to him as a "total nut job".  

Webb is a living sailing legend, a damn fine thinker and writer/artist, and, being 'old school', demands (deserves) respect!  

 

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Gannet is on the hard in Marathon, which is looking like ground zero for Irma.  Webb's last couple of posts discuss the possibility of losing the boat.   Fortunately he returned home last week.  Hoping for the best for all in Irma's path. 

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Probably also not likely to need (get, have the opportunity) to pull, inspect and replace his keelbolts if Irma has her way.  I think of those sheared masts on the boats in the Leewards and suspect there's no hope for Gannet (more's the pity)

So I've been wondering what boat he'll choose next.  (my guess is he's not going to stop sailing until he has to)

 

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Hoping Gannet dodges the worst.

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The pic from the boat yard certainly looks encouraging.

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His latest post is titled "Still Standing".

Hoping his Hull looks as good as his Windex!

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Someone sent him a couple satellite shots, Gannet is visible and looks to be OK.  Nice to see a bit of good news amid all the devastation.  I'm happy for Webb. 

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Ditto.

A couple of friends of ours with a boat on the hard in St. Martin will probably not be so lucky.  Fingers crossed until we get some news

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