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#1 Motorcycle

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 04:00 PM

I don't know if anyone else saw this article:

http://news.yahoo.co.../longest_cruise

Apparently all you need to sail around the world is (1) a life raft donated by your ex-wife and (2) a tiny girlfriend who is going to freak the fuck out as soon as the north atlantic starts and the hudson ends.

Good scam tho'. They did get the shits donated, and can just roll to the islands and fake the logs for the trip...

#2 R Booze

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 04:06 PM

I like the 200 pounds of Parmesan cheese thing. I just paid $17.85 a pound for some the other day. I guess that everyone has different priorities.

But I'd definetely spend some more cash for another inspection on that raft............

#3 The Big D

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 07:29 PM

You guys seen this thread?

http://www.sailingan...showtopic=25971

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 07:39 PM

Knew about this little adventure myself a year ago, but didn't think anything was going to become of it. Oh well, as long as no one gets hurt, wthn...............

(BTW, just where does a gal store 33 months of feminine su.......?)

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 09:06 PM

Just how big do you think tampons are, R Booth? :lol:

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 09:11 PM

I had bets on Ms. Hellion 1st, you 2nd and Elle 3rd, with SailingK8 sending me a fiercly worded p/m in between.

This is why I suck at poker!......... B)

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 09:13 PM

Poker? You don't even know her.

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 09:13 PM

question, where do you put all the used rubbers?

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 09:15 PM

I can see I'm going to die of estrogen poisoning very soon.......... B)

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 09:26 PM

There's probably worse ways to go...

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 09:27 PM

Great, Celph. I'll leave it to you to steer this rapidly deteriorating thread anywhere you like..........

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 09:35 PM

question, where do you put all the used rubbers?


rubbers ?! remember we're talking about god damned fools...

short odds of her getting pregnant and baling in somewhat less than 200 days.

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 09:47 PM

USA-7 Posted Today, 09:35 PM

rubbers ?! remember we're talking about god damned fools...

short odds of her getting pregnant and baling in somewhat less than 200 days.


Just what is the gestation period for the clueless, anyways?.............

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 10:09 PM

d'ya think he outfitted the forepeak TCOS style?

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 10:15 PM

Day 450 - Ran out water forced to drink urine.

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 10:20 PM

Day 2. WTF was I thinking?.............

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 01:50 AM

Hmm, three years alone with a 23 yr old when he is 55, sounds ok to me........

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 02:37 AM

This guy is a F'n fruitcake. He's been trying to get people to "sponsor" his "dream" ("irational thought") for over a year.

Do you really think he'll stay OFFSHORE for three years??? Come'on...,.

This make the guy that wanted to cross the Pacific in an 8' ply-tub seem like a genius.... :( :(

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 02:48 AM

Who cares? Off you go to cruising anarchy... (is that an oxymoron or what?)

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 03:30 AM

Is his name Jim Jones?

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 03:32 AM

Who cares? Off you go to cruising anarchy... (is that an oxymoron or what?)

Hey- were you at the 24' Worlds???

I was on Jaded

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 03:56 AM

Did he really leave? Is anyone gonna check up on him? You would think that the sponsers would want some sort of recognition or assurance that this is true.

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 04:06 AM

This is a bit too much.... what is the point?...3 times around... No Stops? Head for the Southern Ocean, do 2 laps around Antartica... head north again to finish...

On the other hand being stuck on a boat for 1000 days with a girl/wife half your age could be pretty good...

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 04:23 AM

Frying Pan to the head Day 38....count on it ;)

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 04:45 AM

My money's on the cheese..........

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 05:16 AM

Hey- were you at the 24' Worlds???

I was on Jaded


Yep, with Mr Clean and the rest of the Australian team on a chartered local boat, Asterix. Team Rudy Nudie would never try anything this dumb. For starters, how do you keep the beer cold?

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 08:44 AM

Seem to be stuck in the Ambrose doldrums.

http://bp1.blogger.c...0-h/Day0001.jpg

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 01:52 PM

I was reading through his experiances, time at sea, preperation, etc, and was actually starting to think he's got an idea of what he's getting into. I still figured he was bat-shit crazy, but you need to be a little differently abled to leave for 3 years. Then I found this.

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"Pumping Up and Examining Our Rubber Boat/Life Raft


In a break between snows and gale force winds, we pumped up and examined our rubber inflatable, which will also serve as our life raft. When our friend, Charlie Doane an editor of Sail magazine, gave it to us, I told him we hoped to keep it inside and will never use it. But prudence and careful planning to the best of our abilities demanded that we familiarize ourselves with our equipment in case we had to use it. Having had experience with rubber boats, pumping it up and restowing it was straight forward. We had a patch kit, two foot pumps, and three sets of oars. The use of an open rubber boat as a life raft is debatable, but it will work as it has on numerous occasions, most notably by Alan Bombard who purposely took an open rubber boat with very few supplies across the Atlantic in the seventies. We will discuss in an upcoming blog our survival bags and strategies for abandoning ship"

Taken from : http://1000daysatsea...23_archive.html

If this really is the donation from his ex-wife, I love the gesture.

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 01:57 PM

I can see I'm going to die of estrogen poisoning very soon.......... B)



That is funny! Thanks for the laugh, needed it today.

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 02:09 PM

Hmm. This guy sounds to me like the perfect anarchist. But then he gets slammed by posters on a website named Sailing Anarchy.

I guess anarchy has limits...

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 02:11 PM

Ready for 'Insanity Anarchy' yet, Sam? Or is it already here somewhere.................

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 02:12 PM

what would be the point of anyone going around three times? any one investing in that is just as dumb as the people that what to do it! let them go nature will take care of its problems.

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 02:16 PM

Hmm. This guy sounds to me like the perfect anarchist. But then he gets slammed by posters on a website named Sailing Anarchy.

I guess anarchy has limits...

every homeless street crazy is a good anarchist

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 02:33 PM

Reminds me of the woman with the frying pan.....

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 02:40 PM

Day 135....

Stopping in Thailand to exchange 25 year old girl....and to pick up more rubbers....

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 02:44 PM

I saw this on the local news last night and my first thought was also that I think he'll bail out before the 1000 days. A 1000 days on Ellison's boat is one thing but his 70' schooner is quite another.

How in the hell did that girl get conned into that ???????????

It would be great if somehow thier blog could get linked / posted over to cruising anarchy so we could follow their antics.

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 02:55 PM

Not normally a doom sayer, nor is this intended as dark humor but I suspect that sometime around day 150 there is going to be a homicide on board that boat. I hope I am wrong.

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 03:18 PM

How in the hell did that girl get conned into that ???????????


I am sure she was promised citizenship....

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 03:23 PM

Day 135....

Stopping in Thailand to exchange 25 year old girl....



for a 5 year old girl.............

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 03:29 PM

I hate to say this but I would love to go spend 3 years cruising around, but I would like to stop at some pacific islands and other interesting places.

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 03:32 PM

As soon as I saw the news story I also though this will not last. I'll bet they make it to South Africa and she forces him to bail out. I feel sorry for the girlfriend the most since it doesn't sound like she knows what she is getting into.

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 03:56 PM

Seem to be stuck in the Ambrose doldrums.

http://bp1.blogger.c...0-h/Day0001.jpg



There you go, wander around in the main shipping lanes for a bit.

My bet either back in NY in a week, or maybe get to Bermuda or Bahamas. Southbound in the Stream she's going to lose it real quick.

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 04:13 PM

I feel sorry for them. Clearly zero idea what the fuck they are getting into.

"While in the South Atlantic Ocean, they aim to sail in a heart-shaped pattern, as an artistic statement. After that the course will not be pre-determined." I laughed hard. Chances of them doing this or even making it round once are slim. Still i feel i should wish them luck. They will need it.

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 04:23 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! 100 days would be a stretch. Sailing in a "heart shaped pattern" puleeezzzz! That is one of the fairy tales he told her when he proposed the idea. She has no idea what she's in for. I wonder what she will do when he blows up his heart screwing her. And she's alone in the middle of the Atlantic. He better teach er how to switch on the EPIRB!!!

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 05:15 PM

Seem to be stuck in the Ambrose doldrums.

http://bp1.blogger.c...0-h/Day0001.jpg


That's not "stuck in the...doldrums", that's the beginning of a heart shape.

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 05:48 PM

I wonder how long it will be before she starts being referred to as "the suspect".

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 05:54 PM

That's not "stuck in the...doldrums", that's the beginning of a heart shape.

Pear shape more like :rolleyes:

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 06:47 PM

Sailman,
why don't you and Lisa follow suit on the West Indies 36. 1000 days would do you good!

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 07:49 AM

Only 996 days left of sea sickness

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 08:27 AM

4 more days than bullimore though

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 08:39 AM

Just what is the gestation period for the clueless, anyways?.............

it took my mom 22 years to get rid of me, even then she had to chage the locks while I was away, creeping out the MILFs with their kids at the park. :ph34r:

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 10:24 AM

Sailman,
why don't you and Lisa follow suit on the West Indies 36. 1000 days would do you good!

Why don't you give it a try first with Denise on the J29 and let me know how it goes. See you in three years!

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 02:36 PM

http://1000daysatsea.blogspot.com/

At this rate they'll have 66 collisions after 1,000 days.

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Last night we had a collision with a freighter vessel. No one was hurt and the boat is fine except the bowsprit is bent and now useless and we don't have a roller-furling unit or jib sheet. We are engaged in emergency repairs and more will follow soon.

Reid Stowe and Soanya Ahmad
1000 Days Non-stop at Sea

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 03:25 PM

that's one of those"what the fuck just happened"moments. I Hope he realizes now that it's not the water that'll kill ya, but all the hard shit in and around it that will do him in.............

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 03:33 PM

Doesn't this sound like a scene from "The Postman Always Rings Twice"?

“The sun reflected off the ocean behind so strongly that I could scarcely gaze upon the white shimmering liquid. It was a raucous ride on the cockpit table. I gripped the edge so I wouldn't go sliding off in a hurry. I had just washed my hair, but I gladly allowed it to become salt encrusted yet again. The roaring wind, the white-topped crashing sapphire and the almost steady rainbow portside made me feel exuberant and I grinned ear to ear.”



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Posted 07 May 2007 - 03:35 PM

This is priceless:


"Reid decided to work on patching the sail that he accidentally tore while putting a reef (tying the sail shorter) in during one of the previous storms. He figured since he had to patch the sail, he might as well do it Reid style and cut the shape of the patch into a heart, this being the theme for the first quarter of the 1000 days voyage."

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 03:47 PM

After 700 days with that nutjob the theme of the last 1/4 will probably be a blunt object to beat him senseless with.

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 03:52 PM

Mid-ocean with no headstay? maybe they'll fashion a new one out of bean sprouts?

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 04:23 PM

Doesn't this sound like a scene from "The Postman Always Rings Twice"?

:P :lol:
I remember that scene! :rolleyes:

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 04:25 PM

This is probably all BS. Sounds like he is setting up the "we wanted to go on but equipment failures made us stop" excuse.

Does anyone really believe that he hit a freighter or that a freighter hit him or that he is recutting a sail into as heart shape?

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 04:31 PM

I listened to his telephone call shoreside (posted on the 1000 day web site), and he comes across as a child, or aesthetic, or completely unfamiliar with the ocean that he is attempting to cope with, and not at all quantitative. His description of the sea conditions - there are white caps across the sea - is completely unlike the description a typical sailor would provide: it's blowing 14 knots and seas are four feet.

I suspect that attempting to have a conversation with him would drive me up the wall. Good thing that won't happen.

On the plus side, he did manage to put the project together. On the down side, he seems woefully unprepared, and his choice of crew leaves much to be desired. His comments reminds me of a hiker being surprised when a bear turns out to not be as friendly as you wish it to be.

He stated it was a Maersk line freighter, it was 2 am when the bowsprit was 'bent', and that he was in the pilot house keeping a look out, as was the Maersk ship. Neither saw other, both were running navigation lights - fat lot of help that will do mid-ocean on a sailboat, the container ships are looking right over your mast.

It does appear that the Darwin awards may have some new candidates shortly...

Alternatively, the bowsprit failed on its own and he's creating the illusion of a collision in order to provide a reason not to go on. Shades of Donald Crowhurst.

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 06:14 PM

not sure if photo is attached or not. don't know whether to hope for soanya's sake that he is tethered on or not.
bowsprit repair: http://1000days.net/home/

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 10:30 PM

Hmm. This guy sounds to me like the perfect anarchist. But then he gets slammed by posters on a website named Sailing Anarchy.

I guess anarchy has limits...


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Posted 07 May 2007 - 10:34 PM

not sure if photo is attached or not. don't know whether to hope for soanya's sake that he is tethered on or not.
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Well, he definitely ran into something. To his credit, he hasn't hit the button on his EPIRB yet like that douchebag off of Chile. I'm thinking that he needs a welder. My date of June 6 may be optimistic. I'm guessing Horta will be their landfall.

Hey, does anyone want to go out and bash around SF Bay tomorrow afternoon and draw heart shaped designs on the GPS?

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 10:43 PM

His comments reminds me of a hiker being surprised when a bear turns out to not be as friendly as you wish it to be.


And BINGO was his name-o.

A spaced-out crunchy who really believes that All You Need is Love.

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 10:46 PM

holy shit he really did hit something

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 11:15 PM

If he was keeping watch, why wasn't his radar on? The ship may not have seen him, but he should as fucking hell have seen her. Reading this guy's bio, he allegedly has a lot of sea mile, so I'm really confused now.

Does this guy have insurance for this adventure?

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 11:29 PM

His audio report:
http://1000days.net/...=...8&Itemid=71

Worth listening to.."We had all our running lights on, as did we, but we just didn't see each other. We'd only seen one other boat and that was last evening." Somebody was sleeeeeepppppppyyyyyyy....Dumfuck.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 01:15 AM

Just wondering if anyone here would head out on a similar trip with the radar avoidance alarm not working? I think that is just asking for something like this. Also do they have any sort of radar reflector?

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 01:57 AM

http://1000daysatsea.blogspot.com/

At this rate they'll have 66 collisions after 1,000 days.

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Last night we had a collision with a freighter vessel. No one was hurt and the boat is fine except the bowsprit is bent and now useless and we don't have a roller-furling unit or jib sheet. We are engaged in emergency repairs and more will follow soon.

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I think in the picture you can actually see her blinking SOS...SOS...SOS with her eyes. Maybe that is why he appears to be giving her the Heimlich Manuever to stop her from taking that dinghy and rowing her sorry ass home while they are still in this hemisphere.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 03:55 AM

so i know there not allowed to land or sail into any ports but are other ships allowed to bring them things?... like a new bow?

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 11:54 AM

It seems that they're having a lot of self inflicted damage.
Here's a photo that discusses the waves, but the real story lies in the damage to the lifelines, the crappy knots they're tying and the eventual chafe that a line will suffer from crossing over the lifeline.
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As most people have heard, photos of waves don't really show how large, steep, or fast they are moving or what happens when they crash on the boat, toss her about, find their way through new places, and keep coming for days on end.

In this photo, they do look beautiful, but when viewed from the boat at sea they're awesome. To survive all of this is the story of man on the sea and these days it is the story of women too. We try to let nature take her course rather than wish for something else, especially since we did choose to cross the North Atlantic in the spring. When our friends on shore don't receive a communication from us it's because it's too rough, wet, and humid to take our electronic equipment out. We are a little worried about our technical equipment surviving these conditions and we've only just begun.
We have already weathered three separate storms where we had to take down most of our sail, and two nights and a day of constant lightening and thunder. In the midst of all this, we keep ourselves busy tending to all levels of surviving the high seas and appreciate all of our friends and sponsors who have made this opportunity possible.

Soanya's View:
Wow! I saw 20ft waves surround the boat. Reid says the wind builds up the waves and that it has to be windy for several days in a row to make big waves. I guess the conditions were right. They came in mountainous sets and made the boat really roll. Sometimes one would come so close to the rail that I would wonder if it would break over the boat or whether it would pass under. If it breaks, it's far better to be inside a closed hatch. Imagine liquid blue mountains rising and falling all around you, dancing to their own deep strong music and rolling off into the distance.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 12:04 PM

Anybody want to wager that Sonja jumps ship at the next port?
I'm guessing the Azores....
She's from Guyana, and probably speaks some Portugues as Guyana has a large Portugues population.
Anybody on delivery going through the Azores could add another crew and rescue her from this idiot Reid Stowe.

In one blog entry, there's a photo and mention of Paul Beaudin who is a "sponsor" of this project?
Paul Beaudin: Sail Consultant, Paul Beaudin came to City Island after running Doyle Sails Vermont. Along with developing sails and systems for sport boats, Paul is a competitor in the J24 class, with top finishes in the Worlds, North Americans. He has developed tuning guides for the J24 and J105 classes.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 12:12 PM

Just wondering if anyone here would head out on a similar trip with the radar avoidance alarm not working? I think that is just asking for something like this. Also do they have any sort of radar reflector?



I sincerely doubt these two have radar or radar avoidance alarms. They were using their uninflated dinghy as their emergency life raft until his ex-wife bought them a raft. Or at least she says it is a raft..... more likely a pack of shrink wrapped bricks.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 12:34 PM

I listened to his telephone call shoreside (posted on the 1000 day web site), and he comes across as a child, or aesthetic, or completely unfamiliar with the ocean that he is attempting to cope with, and not at all quantitative. His description of the sea conditions - there are white caps across the sea - is completely unlike the description a typical sailor would provide: it's blowing 14 knots and seas are four feet.

I suspect that attempting to have a conversation with him would drive me up the wall. Good thing that won't happen.

On the plus side, he did manage to put the project together. On the down side, he seems woefully unprepared, and his choice of crew leaves much to be desired. His comments reminds me of a hiker being surprised when a bear turns out to not be as friendly as you wish it to be.

He stated it was a Maersk line freighter, it was 2 am when the bowsprit was 'bent', and that he was in the pilot house keeping a look out, as was the Maersk ship. Neither saw other, both were running navigation lights - fat lot of help that will do mid-ocean on a sailboat, the container ships are looking right over your mast.

It does appear that the Darwin awards may have some new candidates shortly...

Alternatively, the bowsprit failed on its own and he's creating the illusion of a collision in order to provide a reason not to go on. Shades of Donald Crowhurst.

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Fucking A! I tried to to listen to some of their recordings, but when she repeatedly refers to the sail as the sheet, I go crazy. I like how he leaves the jib up and flailing around, but takes time to remove and secure the figurehead.

As for his having managed to put the project together, he's been talking this up to his cult of true believers for something like ten years, one wife and two girlfriends. The departure date has been put off so many times that people got bored of betting on it. I think the only reason he actually left this time was because the peir he'd been tied to for several years now was closed.

What a moron. I just hope he doesn't end up killing that naive girlfriend of his through more acts of sheer stupidity.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 12:38 PM

Anybody interested in entering starting a pool to see which day they call it quits?

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 12:42 PM

A thought about hitting the freighter...freighter's are not small ships. Nor are they quiet. To bust off the bow sprit, he must've hit the freighter amidships? Because I don't see how a freighter could hit his bowsprit without doing a lot more damage. It's not like a car glancing off the front of a car, more like a bus hitting a car. Either he sailed into the freighter or something else went down and he's not saying.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 01:11 PM

its a given that reid is lieing about keeping a watch. i'm certain he was tucked up in his bunk.
he is such an egomaniac; he can not admit EVER that he has made a mistake.
soanya's quote this morning, ' I was wide awake and was thinking what if another ship came. The chances of that happening are very slim Reid said.' just breaks my heart. she is such an innocent.
soanya says she woke to 3 huge bangs, reid says one. guess who woke up first.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 02:34 PM

A thought about hitting the freighter...freighter's are not small ships. Nor are they quiet.


Actually they are pretty quiet...too quiet to hear over much sea noise. Small fishing boats are much noisier.

As for radar, way offshore many freighters don't keep a solid radar watch. They're supposed to, of course, but tight staffing, boredom, and shear laziness sometimes impedes proper following of international regulations. Even with proper staffing and experienced crew collisions happen. A Cuban freighter was cut in half a number of years ago by a cruise ship. The freighter was having electrical problems and had no lights until just seconds before the collision, but the cruise ship crew admitted that they were not keeping a proper radar watch because conditions were so "benign."

There's another plausible explanation: they ran smack into one of them NOAA weather buoys. It's happened before.

But we'll see if the '1000 day wonders' let this affect their plans. Moitessier bent his bowsprit with a close encounter with a ship (he was attempting to throw notes and film to the ship during his Golden Globe voyage so people would know about his progress). With some effort and lots of come-alongs he was able to bend it back and continue on his way.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 02:53 PM

A thought about hitting the freighter...freighter's are not small ships. Nor are they quiet. To bust off the bow sprit, he must've hit the freighter amidships? Because I don't see how a freighter could hit his bowsprit without doing a lot more damage. It's not like a car glancing off the front of a car, more like a bus hitting a car. Either he sailed into the freighter or something else went down and he's not saying.


Exactly. Notice how the sprit is bent off to the side as if he absolutely T-boned himself into something. Thinking about the relative size, speed and likely courses of the vesels alleged to have been involved I would have expected different damage. For example, if I hit a freighter I would expect to bounce down the side of the freighter and sustain damage to the spreaders, (which had to be outboard given the vessels rolling motion in the seaway) stanchions, pulpits and other amidships gear. Is there any mention of that?

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 03:02 PM

His comments reminds me of a hiker being surprised when a bear turns out to not be as friendly as you wish it to be.

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Right. This is heading to become the nautical equivalent of the Timothy Treadwell story.

1. Guy abandons a normal life and lives, a.) with bears b.) at sea

2. Guy gets naive girl to go with him to live, a.) with bears b.) at sea

2. Guy gets comfy with idea, decides to do something really big, a.) spend full year with bears b.) 1000 days

3. Circumstances do not conform to his reality, and he becomes, a.) bear poop b.) TBA

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 03:38 PM

The thing about nay-sayers. You could have told Edison 1,000 times that building a light bulb was impossible. You would have been right 999 of those times, and wrong only once. That would make you feel good, right?

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 03:46 PM

I don't know what happened with his sprit but saying ships are noisey is absoultely
untrue. You can be right on top of a freightor and not hear if you're coming from
the front. If you're behind them then the engines can be quite loud but you probably
won't hear them from the front.

If you're downwind of the freightor you'll most likely smell their exhaust but that
assumes you're keeping watch in open air. I don't know how you can collide with
something that big and only bend your sprit though.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 04:02 PM

The thing about nay-sayers. You could have told Edison 1,000 times that building a light bulb was impossible. You would have been right 999 of those times, and wrong only once. That would make you feel good, right?

Yeah, this guy's just like Edison. <_<

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 04:09 PM

Somebody send a chopper and get the girl off that boat before something really bad happens.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 04:26 PM

Yeah, this guy's just like Edison. <_<


I think you've got it. Edison believed in re-incarnation.....do you suppose?

Further evidence, after his first wife's death, Edison at the age of 39 married a 19yo girl. Coincidence? I think not!

Gotta run, a co-worker says he can fly and is heading for the roof. Rather than be accused of nay-saying, I'm heading outside to cheer him on.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 04:31 PM

The sprit could have folded under load alone. The tanker story just makes it sound a lot better...

I'm calling BS on the tanker contact.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 04:37 PM

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DAMN YOU US NAVY!!!!

YOU MISSED!@#!#!!!!


DAAAAMNNNN YOUUUUUUUUU ;)

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 04:48 PM

The thing about nay-sayers. You could have told Edison 1,000 times that building a light bulb was impossible. You would have been right 999 of those times, and wrong only once. That would make you feel good, right?


Edison was one of the most prolific inventers in history. His inventions have made an enormous impact on human life.

This guy wants to take 1000 days and sail in a circle, sorry, heart-shape.

I'm not saying the task is impossible, just inane.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 05:25 PM

I'm surprised Soanja didn't ask the ship they hit (sure it was a ship ;) ) to take her away from that nutjob!

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 05:34 PM

I think you've got it. Edison believed in re-incarnation.....do you suppose?

Further evidence, after his first wife's death, Edison at the age of 39 married a 19yo girl. Coincidence? I think not!

Gotta run, a co-worker says he can fly and is heading for the roof. Rather than be accused of nay-saying, I'm heading outside to cheer him on.

Before he jumps, tell Burnsy to leave me the boat in his will.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 05:51 PM

The thing about nay-sayers. You could have told Edison 1,000 times that building a light bulb was impossible. You would have been right 999 of those times, and wrong only once. That would make you feel good, right?


The stupid part of that analogy is that the 999 Edison failed, nothing happened. The 1 time this idiot fails two people end up dead. I will give him points for having done multiple transoceanic voyages before - but poor marks on the equipment and that girl is not ready for this. If they make it to 1000 days without stopping I will be impressed -realize they are now talking about going around the world 3 times with an improvised headstay, and a screwed up sail plan. How will that fair in the face of the storms they will hit?

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 06:26 PM

-realize they are now talking about going around the world 3 times with an improvised headstay, and a screwed up sail plan. How will that fair in the face of the storms they will hit?


At the risk of sounding like I support these people (I support them for the same purpose as I support Paris Hilton's video cam obsession...strictly for my entertainment!), they could probably do okay.

Exhibit A: I'm currently reading the book 1421 about the Chinese exploration of the world. They sailed junk rigged barges that had freestanding masts and absolutely no ability to go to weather. They still succeeded in sailing around the world although only 10% of their force made it back. Even a crippled Anne would have better odds of survival.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 06:50 PM

At the risk of sounding like I support these people (I support them for the same purpose as I support Paris Hilton's video cam obsession...strictly for my entertainment!), they could probably do okay.

Exhibit A: I'm currently reading the book 1421 about the Chinese exploration of the world. They sailed junk rigged barges that had freestanding masts and absolutely no ability to go to weather. They still succeeded in sailing around the world although only 10% of their force made it back. Even a crippled Anne would have better odds of survival.



I thought it was just speculation that the Chinese did that?

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 08:18 PM

A thought about hitting the freighter...freighter's are not small ships. Nor are they quiet. To bust off the bow sprit, he must've hit the freighter amidships? Because I don't see how a freighter could hit his bowsprit without doing a lot more damage. It's not like a car glancing off the front of a car, more like a bus hitting a car. Either he sailed into the freighter or something else went down and he's not saying.



A good friend of mine Doug Black was the captain of "Condor" back in the late 70's. He was bringing the boat around from St Pete to Ft. Lauderdale and had a cute bird on deck driving while he took a catnap.. He was laying there in a half-daze when he heard her say "where did the stars go?" Before he could get on deck they T-boned a freighter at 9/5 knots. Crushed the bow 10 feet in. Lucky they didnt' sink.

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 12:03 AM

I hope you will all join me in transmitting a telepathic message to Soanya:

SWEETHEART GET TO THE NEAREST PORT AND GO HOME.

I mean it.

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 12:56 AM

I hope you will all join me in transmitting a telepathic message to Soanya:

SWEETHEART GET TO THE NEAREST PORT AND GO HOME.

I mean it.



Goddamnit!

Why couldn't my Ex be on that boat!

Always the brides maid.....never the bride.

I smell absolute disaster.

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 01:27 AM

if he was smart he would kep ramming freighters until he had bent the sprit into a heart shape.

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 02:09 AM

if he was smart he would kep ramming freighters until he had bent the sprit into a heart shape.


Mmmmm...synergy.

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 02:36 AM

I feel sorry for them. Clearly zero idea what the fuck they are getting into.

"While in the South Atlantic Ocean, they aim to sail in a heart-shaped pattern, as an artistic statement."



Is this the same guy who wanted to sail in a turtle-shaped pattern in the South Atlantic? I have a Cruising World from 8-10 years ago with such a tale. The parallels are too numerous for it to be otherwise. Wing-nut; delapidated schooner; naive girlfriend....




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