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Glenn McCarthy

Atlantic Crossing on a 23' Star Boat

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Meh, he seems prepared enough.  Boat is obviously not a star anymore, but it is star shaped more or less.  as long as he keeps it keel side down he should be ok.  My german is a little rusty, did he add more ballast?     

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Well, if you can sleep in a coffin then I guess you are good to go.  :huh:

 

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Ummmmmmmmmmmmmm.  Why?

 

I could probably convince somebody to kick me square in the nuts but I'm in no hurry to do so....

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I did the Newport to Bermuda race in 1984 when I was 18 - shitty conditions: 20- 30+ on the nose for a few days after the stream - then not so much wind. return delivery was posh on a single tack with only 4 on board. anyways...

Maybe I'm just old or not as old as the off watch guy below but once dockside I had a long toothed, gray haired veteran tell me 4 things (Dark and Stormies where involved -  clearly):

1: never sail on an ocean, on a boat shorter in length than your years of age

2: If you own the boat never go before the mast.

3: Give buckets to the youngest on board and tell them if you don't bail fast, the boat will sink.

4: The classic "Never step down into a life raft'.

Wise words, me thinks...

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Why bother? Webb Chiles did it better a long time ago - and recently for that matter.

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Seemed pretty well prepared, and tradewind crossing safe enough. 

 

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8 hours ago, Liquid said:

I did the Newport to Bermuda race in 1984 when I was 18 - shitty conditions: 20- 30+ on the nose for a few days after the stream - then not so much wind. return delivery was posh on a single tack with only 4 on board. anyways...

Maybe I'm just old or not as old as the off watch guy below but once dockside I had a long toothed, gray haired veteran tell me 4 things (Dark and Stormies where involved -  clearly):

1: never sail on an ocean, on a boat shorter in length than your years of age

2: If you own the boat never go before the mast.

3: Give buckets to the youngest on board and tell them if you don't bail fast, the boat will sink.

4: The classic "Never step down into a life raft'.

Wise words, me thinks...

wow Liquid, this is starting to get expensive for me...

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Etchells, Stars, and Solings AFAIK can and have been modded into offshore boats. Now crossing in a *standard class legal Star*, THAT would be nuts! This is just cramped.

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Well.. not sailing but... two Finnish guys crossed atlantic with 4,3 meter sportsboat (Marino Mustang) in seventies..

 

 

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29 minutes ago, TonyFromSheepsheadBay said:

I heard some guys went from Ecuador to Fiji in a balsa raft.  Who gives a shit? 

A wee squall and Star guy would be chum.  Luck is for the stupid. 

The Star had a cut-down rig; enclosed, albeit cramped, cabin;  and a small cockpit. Looked reasonably seaworthy for trade wind crossing.

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28 minutes ago, RKoch said:

I think someone already crossed the Atlantic in a beach cat.

People crossed the Atlantic in the 70's in 7ft bathtubs.  I discourage the practice.  

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1 hour ago, h20man said:

I know.. that is why I gave the link in the response: http://users.tpg.com.au/kkmiller/hobie/across_atlantic.html   (just to be clearer).... 

 

Yet they were 'experienced' and claim they would NOT do it again.

Yea, a beach cat is risky. A Star prepared for the voyage much less so. Probably safer than some other choices, although definitely cramped. Think I would have built a small doghouse or raised cabin in the forward cockpit area he just decked over. At least for sitting room. Cutting down rig a good move, last thing he needed in trade winds was sail area.

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11 minutes ago, TonyFromSheepsheadBay said:

then it really wasnt a Star 

Suit yourself.

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11 hours ago, h20man said:

I know.. that is why I gave the link in the response: http://users.tpg.com.au/kkmiller/hobie/across_atlantic.html   (just to be clearer).... 

 

Yet they were 'experienced' and claim they would NOT do it again.

Great link, thx

Worth a read just for the sleeping conditions.

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I heard about some guy that built a 65' trimaran to sail to Hawaii a few years back.

Anyone know how that turned out?

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22 hours ago, Norse Horse said:

Great link, thx

Worth a read just for the sleeping conditions.

+1

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On 30/11/2017 at 10:23 PM, Liquid said:

I did the Newport to Bermuda race in 1984 when I was 18 - shitty conditions: 20- 30+ on the nose for a few days after the stream - then not so much wind. return delivery was posh on a single tack with only 4 on board. anyways...

Maybe I'm just old or not as old as the off watch guy below but once dockside I had a long toothed, gray haired veteran tell me 4 things (Dark and Stormies where involved -  clearly):

1: never sail on an ocean, on a boat shorter in length than your years of age

2: If you own the boat never go before the mast.

3: Give buckets to the youngest on board and tell them if you don't bail fast, the boat will sink.

4: The classic "Never step down into a life raft'.

Wise words, me thinks...

Would #1 be in feet or meters?;) :P

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1 minute ago, Trovão said:

Would #1 be in feet or meters?;) :P

I’m liking the metric system a lot more as an option. 

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28 minutes ago, mad said:

I’m liking the metric system a lot more as an option. 

Sure. But waaayyy more expen$ive!

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"Stupidity is it's own reward"...Bob B.

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I'm struggling to follow the poorly translated Facebook updates - did he get rescued off the boat at sea then it hit the island?  Or was he just so badly dehydrated he couldn't sail the boat the extra few miles to Rodney instead of parking it into the windward coast?

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