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ronnie_simpson

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In Topic: Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

Yesterday, 05:08 AM

I suspect at the rate he is sailing, it will be at least a total of 40-50 days just to get to Hawaii. Then at least 50-60 to get to Samoa. It is a long way and a long time. I predict he will land in Hawaii again. Does anyone know the condition of the bottom paint and the fouling?

He's trying to get to Samoa after Hawaii? That's 2,300 reaching miles and the equator and not an easy passage. Based on past speeds, inability to sail to windward(?) and the fact that he'll be arriving in the South Pacific during cyclone season unless he waits until next year, I don't think he'll make Samoa. He'd likely get blown somewhere else or worse. I hope he carries a lot of charts of the south pacific... I'll hand it to Rimas, he has me riveted (now that I actually have internet access), but for all the wrong reasons. i hope he is safe out there.


In Topic: Route du Rhum 2014

30 August 2014 - 09:50 PM

For Banque Pop, maybe it is a chance for one the young FIgarists to step up and gain some experience. Good story for BP, media wise, plus get the right one and it is an investment in their future program.

Wow, thanks for all of the excellent info everyone. Potter, I agree with you it could be a great story, great media and a good investment in the future but it seems like risk may outweigh reward by throwing a Figarist onto a maxi tri by him/ herself and letting them go wild, unless it was the right figarist who had done some serious sailing. What about Thierry Chabagny? Think he's in the running? He's a good Figaro sailor with BP V experience IIRC.

 

edit- I don't know Paul Meilhat's maxi tri experience level or multihull experience level, but he's a super nice guy and has been killing it on the Figaro circuit. Would love to see Paul get a shot like this!!!


In Topic: The World Odyssey race, RTW for amateurs

30 August 2014 - 10:41 AM

I'm a fan. It looks like a great opportunity for say a professional person with a boat. Someone 40/50/60 could take their First 45 or suchlike around the world. They could have one or 2 paid nigels / keen youngsters to run around. Then swap out 2 or 3 mates / fellow club members each leg. Most crew do a few legs, some most legs. Makes a change from the ARC.

ding ding ding, we have a winner. i think this concept has most of the ingredients that SF2SF was missing


In Topic: Route du Rhum 2014

30 August 2014 - 12:59 AM

nkb, do you know if the hand injury was sailing-related or not? if it was, curious what happened?

 

highly unlikely to happen, but i think Ryan B would probably be qualified to skipper BP 7. wasn't he back-up skipper for Saveol in last VG? That was a French sponsor too, though the skipper is originally English.

 

Cammas of course has to be in consideration, but I would think Mich Desj gets consideration as well. Pascal Bidegorry, or perhaps Loick trades in his old tri for a fast one though it looks like he's having too much fun? 


In Topic: Documentary: Pros and Cons of living aboard in the Caribbean

29 August 2014 - 11:09 PM

nice documentary. i've been recording a lot of footage to make something similar out of my current similar journey. always good to see people living the dream. the goals of cruising and sidestepping the rat race are so much more accessible than most people think, it just requires a bit of outside the box thinking, a shift in priorities and the balls to untie the dock lines, not a hefty trust fund. 

 

now that i'm in Fiji on my 27-foot cruising boat, i can literally live in a resort setting (paying for moorage not even anchoring), eating big meals including meat and drinking a couple beers at the beach bar every night for about $1 grand a month. world class surf, kiting and day sailing are within miles. have a couple boats lined up to deliver to New Zealand at a few grand a pop and a some sailing writing to keep the dream alive. 29 years old and living life by my own rules. no regrets. life is easy if you let it be.

 

everyone's quick to judge when one follows a dream and chooses their own lifestyle rather than merely subscribing to conventional wisdom. it doesn't require a lot of money to live on a small boat, eat veggies and bang hippie chicks. look at the subject in the documentary, he has pride in the things he owns, he maintains them, he's smart enough to be safe when he heads to sea and he sounds like a genuinely happy person with a good outlook, not some angry rebellious punk who sailed away from society out of anger. i wouldn't judge this guy, i'd admire him.