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Smallest sailboats to cross Atlantic & Pacific?

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Any of you know what the smallest (shortest?) sailboats have been to:

 

1) Cross the Atlantic

 

2) Cross the Pacific

 

3) Sail around the world

 

 

Thanks in advance.

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Taken from the link above:

 

"Set adrift near Timor after the famous "Mutiny of the Bounty", Captain Bligh and a crew of 18 loyal men survived a seven-week, 3,600-mile voyage in the cramped boat to reach the island of Timor. Certainly this ranks as one of the great small boat passages of all time."

 

Anyone notice anything rather bizarre about this statement?

 

 

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Do you want the smallest sailboat or the smallest bouy with a stick? Somehow these things like "Father's Day" just don't seem like a sailboat.

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Sure you can float with the wind and current, but is that really sailing? People successfully go over Niagara falls in things like that.. Same thing with these people that "row" across the Pacific and such. They never Row against the (trade)winds... To me, anyone that crosses a huge body of water, repeatedly, in anything less than 25 feet or so deserves the utmost respect.

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Taken from the link above:

 

"Set adrift near Timor after the famous "Mutiny of the Bounty", Captain Bligh and a crew of 18 loyal men survived a seven-week, 3,600-mile voyage in the cramped boat to reach the island of Timor. Certainly this ranks as one of the great small boat passages of all time."

 

Anyone notice anything rather bizarre about this statement?

 

 

 

 

Now lets see, set adrift near Timor......3,600-miles later to reach the Island of Timor....Dooouhh

 

If only Bligh had looked behind him, he would never had needed to sail around the World. ;)

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To drift 100 miles a day is quite good speed - I hope they did it in the rigth direction - wait, they probably didn't...

 

 

 

 

Taken from the link above:

 

"Set adrift near Timor after the famous "Mutiny of the Bounty", Captain Bligh and a crew of 18 loyal men survived a seven-week, 3,600-mile voyage in the cramped boat to reach the island of Timor. Certainly this ranks as one of the great small boat passages of all time."

 

Anyone notice anything rather bizarre about this statement?

 

 

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This one crossed both the Atlantic and Pacific and held the respective records for a time. It actually sails and is a pretty nice little boat.

 

Being a true anarchist, his last trip (uncompleted, but safe) was to be around the world with a young woman. But that's another story.

 

Some would argue that boats after this one became floating barrels.

 

"Alone Against the Atlantic" by Marlin Bree is a classic read for any sailor. Fantastic book from a more simple time.

http://marlinbree.com/alone_against_the_atlantic_33621.htm

 

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I dont think you can beat what Shackelton did for this type of thing

Elephant Island to South Georgia. Cold, Storms, navigation,

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is one in fiction. In Catch-22, possibly my favorite book of all time but one, Yossarian's room mate Orr, gets shot down off La Spezia, in the Med. sea, escapes in a rubber life raft, and sails round Europe to Sweden using a tiny blue pddle for a rudder.

when the chaplin brings the news to Yossarian, the exchange goes

"Orr? Sweden?"

"Sweden! Orr!"

Sorry if Ive given too much of the story away to you yunguns.

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