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28 minutes ago, fivestar said:

I must be having a senior moment.

When Rimas left Hilo, I thought he had 6 months provisions. Now after only roughly 2 months he is saying he is short of food supplies? or have I misread something?

On a previous voyage, water somehow penetrated the cardboard packaging of his oats and they were ruined. The odds of his learning from that experience seem to be zero, so...

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Quixote An amazing resemblance... "The story follows the adventures of a Russian noble (hidalgo) named Rimas who reads Kon Tiki so many times that he loses

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Bregt Swinnen If he keeps steering towards Fiji he will have to make his way through the Lau group to get to a good harbour. Does anyone know what he is using for navigation? gps, paper charts, navionics? It might be possible in daylight but at night he will probably make a real Kontiki landing on one of the outer reefs.
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Tom Ray He emails people who tell him about things in his path. It's nearly as good has having electronics and charts.

 

 
It's hilarious to me that none of the FB audience seems to know much of anything about Rimas. They act as if he can do things like sail upwind, arrive without a tow, navigate without outside assistance, etc.
 
I'll probably be blocked soon if I continue educating them.
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1 hour ago, SailBlueH2O said:

How does he recharge his batteries ?....I am very late to this thread

Tthe Delorme has a mini solar charger. He has no other battery charging capability that I'm aware...I don't think he even has a working ships battery.

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All we need are mashed potatoes and porn, apparently!  Fred gets it. . .

I will stop in the islands its many islands in the south pacific wee see what happens adventure alway intresting enyone i want to say good night

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Fred Von Stieff At this point I'm not angry just impressed. Please, someone who's been following Rimas longer than I have, explain to me how this guy still can't sail. It takes effort to be this ignorant about something. I almost don't believe this is real anymore. The only reason I'm still reading it is because it helps me believe that doing zero maintenance on my boat is a viable option. All I have to do is fill my boat with powdered mashed potatoes and porn and hit the high seas. It's all going to work out. 
 
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Jim Furnish Wow, can someone who's been following you please explain how you can be such a pompous smartass as well as a liar?
 
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Wayne Monastra Hahah, that was funny
 
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Fred Von Stieff Pompous ass that can sail upwind
 
 
David Gauci
David Gauci Rimas. Australia will be 1700NM of upwind work. Your boat was not designed to sail upwind. Its Con Tiki...remember?
 
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Wayne Monastra Anyone stop to think he may bump into NZ before he gets anywhere near Aussie lol
 
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Carol Wood Our friend Rimas Meleshyus is on the high seas. Those supporting, encouraging, providing helpful guidance - good on you!
For the lad who is safely propped on dry land, slagging off, I say as respectfully as I can, put a sock in your gob. If you can't be helpful or kind, be silent.
 
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David Gauci Carol. To be outwardly rude would be unfair. To be silent would be enabling him. Many have tried tactfully to be of assistance, some more than others. Shannon, Jean and many others have have funded and tried to counsel Rimas on how best to approach his adventure but it has repeatedly for years fallen on deaf ears. We all wish him well but often feel frustrated that he refuses to take practical advice. At this point, a little tongue in cheek humour is about all that can be expected.
 
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Carol Wood I'm good with that. Thanks x
 
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"..At this point I'm not angry just impressed. Please, someone who's been following Rimas longer than I have, explain to me how this guy still can't sail. It takes effort to be this ignorant about something. I almost don't believe this is real anymore. The only reason I'm still reading it is because it helps me believe that doing zero maintenance on my boat is a viable option. All I have to do is fill my boat with powdered mashed potatoes and porn and hit the high seas. It's all going to work out.."

 

Fred definitely won the internet today ! That's priceless. 

 

lets hope Carol Wood flies out to rescue her hero. From her lingo sounds as if she is Aussie, just a short cheap flight to Suva. would it be unkind to encourage her ? 

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1 hour ago, SailBlueH2O said:

IMO...@ some point no one well ever hear from of of him again.....a reef would chew that into small bits of FRP in short order...or a typhoon erase all trace of him....but I guess folks having been saying that these past 4 years...

Those Rawsons were pretty crudely built, but they didn't scrimp on glass...I'd bet that hull is 3/4" thick in places. It'll take a pounding on a reef for a little while. Rimas is relatively 'safe' as long as he sticks to the tropics (and avoids cyclone season). His inability to sail to windward helps greatly in preventing him from sailing into more challenging waters (weather-wise).  Despite all his babbling and braggadocio, there's not a chance in hell of him getting anywhere near Cape Horn.

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1 hour ago, 6924 said:

"..At this point I'm not angry just impressed. Please, someone who's been following Rimas longer than I have, explain to me how this guy still can't sail. It takes effort to be this ignorant about something. I almost don't believe this is real anymore. The only reason I'm still reading it is because it helps me believe that doing zero maintenance on my boat is a viable option. All I have to do is fill my boat with powdered mashed potatoes and porn and hit the high seas. It's all going to work out.."

 

Fred definitely won the internet today ! That's priceless. 

 

lets hope Carol Wood flies out to rescue her hero. From her lingo sounds as if she is Aussie, just a short cheap flight to Suva. would it be unkind to encourage her ? 

 Rimas's FB cult is primarily romantic dreamers with very little, if any, sailing experience. And about 75% of his FB friends are Eastern European and Japanese women he's sent friend requests to, in search of a gf. I doubt they're even paying attention. It would be cruel to egg Carol to go to Suva....she has a fantasy, why slap her in the face with reality? I doubt she's enabling Rimas, most of his followers aren't donors.

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5 minutes ago, SailBlueH2O said:

He is not in a SJ24 any longer ? Rawson ?

 

He sold or abandoned the SJ24 in American Samoa a while back. Since then he was given a Rawson 30. There's pics scattered through the past 25 or 30 pages.

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3 minutes ago, SailBlueH2O said:

He is not in a SJ24 any longer ? Rawson ?

 

He abandoned the SJ24 in Pago Pago 2-3 years ago and flew back to Seattle and slept in peoples back yard boats until gifted the Rawson near San Francisco. Jean anchored him in Richardson bay where he stayed about 6 months happily making videos of himself listening to weather radio and running the motor during any wind. Then the anchor line chafed, the motor wouldn't run in gear and the dinghy was lost. He was towed to a dock, but was asked to pay, so he drifted out to sea and turned up getting rescued in Monteray. After the harbormaster was going to sieze the boat for non payment he again left, claiming to be headed for Richardson Bay, but got rescued off Hawaii and stayed there for a year. Briefly moved off the boat, but was kicked out and nearly missed Pago Pago and now nearly out of food he continues to drift.

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Rather funny quote from Rimas a while back...

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"I love sailing Kon-Tiki style,because I love to be on the ocean very long periods? When I sailed from San Francisco Samoa islands I was 120 days at sea, I wish I could I was more another 120 days.the most problem wish food. But... now I must to have for two years supply than do not need to worry too much about food and water I love sailing by one jib,no main sail, I did many times already I love sailing about two knots no more. Sailing , Kon-Tiki style is fantastic so much beauty on the open ocean I am really enjoy it."

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35 minutes ago, Volkeno said:

He abandoned the SJ24 in Pago Pago 2-3 years ago and flew back to Seattle and slept in peoples back yard boats until gifted the Rawson near San Francisco. Jean anchored him in Richardson bay where he stayed about 6 months happily making videos of himself listening to weather radio and running the motor during any wind. Then the anchor line chafed, the motor wouldn't run in gear and the dinghy was lost. He was towed to a dock, but was asked to pay, so he drifted out to sea and turned up getting rescued in Monteray. After the harbormaster was going to sieze the boat for non payment he again left, claiming to be headed for Richardson Bay, but got rescued off Hawaii and stayed there for a year. Briefly moved off the boat, but was kicked out and nearly missed Pago Pago and now nearly out of food he continues to drift.

Well, when you put it like that, I realize I could have skipped the past few thousand or so posts in this thread.

Try not to make me realize stuff like that please.

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19 minutes ago, RKoch said:

Rather funny quote from Rimas a while back...

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"I love sailing Kon-Tiki style,because I love to be on the ocean very long periods? When I sailed from San Francisco Samoa islands I was 120 days at sea, I wish I could I was more another 120 days.the most problem wish food. But... now I must to have for two years supply than do not need to worry too much about food and water I love sailing by one jib,no main sail, I did many times already I love sailing about two knots no more. Sailing , Kon-Tiki style is fantastic so much beauty on the open ocean I am really enjoy it."

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The bolded part might be one key to his generally positive outlook and happiness.

If I never wanted a boat to go more than two knots nor go upwind it would be pretty hard to have a disappointing sailing day. Even Sun Cats go faster.

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7 minutes ago, 6924 said:

where does he file taxes if he offshore for 181 days ? 

The $300/mo SS check is probably the most income Rimas has ever had...I doubt he's ever paid taxes.

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3 hours ago, 6924 said:

"..At this point I'm not angry just impressed. Please, someone who's been following Rimas longer than I have, explain to me how this guy still can't sail. It takes effort to be this ignorant about something. I almost don't believe this is real anymore. The only reason I'm still reading it is because it helps me believe that doing zero maintenance on my boat is a viable option. All I have to do is fill my boat with powdered mashed potatoes and porn and hit the high seas. It's all going to work out.."

 

Fred definitely won the internet today ! That's priceless. 

 

lets hope Carol Wood flies out to rescue her hero. From her lingo sounds as if she is Aussie, just a short cheap flight to Suva. would it be unkind to encourage her ? 

Best thing I've read on the internet in months...  and here I wasted all these last two months getting my old clunker ready to sail on Georgian Bay. I'm off to the 7/11 to stock up on Hustler's and Sherif!

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He is going at record speed compared to a Brent Boat.  W/ a BS Boat he also wouldn't have to worry about hitting an atoll or shore, could just set up residence on the hard and collect his dole, maybe even fly in a willing chicken for entertainment.

 

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Do we know for sure that all he has is the car GPS and the Delorme Tracker?  Seems like a hundred dollar tablet with a GPS chip and OpenCPN and a set of digital charts would be a fairly easy solution, although he'd have to learn how to actually use the program and read the charts.  I have a tablet like this and it works okay and would be a decent emergency backup, or in the case of Rimas, a primary source of nav information.

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12 minutes ago, BrickTopHarry said:

Do we know for sure that all he has is the car GPS and the Delorme Tracker?  Seems like a hundred dollar tablet with a GPS chip and OpenCPN and a set of digital charts would be a fairly easy solution, although he'd have to learn how to actually use the program and read the charts.  I have a tablet like this and it works okay and would be a decent emergency backup, or in the case of Rimas, a primary source of nav information.

I think he has an old iPad. I'm not sure if there is any nav software on it, it would likely be a waste of time anyhow. Rimas navigate? Yuk yuk yuk.

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9 minutes ago, BrickTopHarry said:

Do we know for sure that all he has is the car GPS and the Delorme Tracker?  Seems like a hundred dollar tablet with a GPS chip and OpenCPN and a set of digital charts would be a fairly easy solution, although he'd have to learn how to actually use the program and read the charts.  I have a tablet like this and it works okay and would be a decent emergency backup, or in the case of Rimas, a primary source of nav information.

AFAIK all he has is the Delorme, a Magellan automobile GPS, and 2 compasses (unknown if accurate). He whined a couple years ago he had no charts south of the equator, and I haven't read that he acquired any. 

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He is going to find any approach to Fiji difficult. There are plenty of reefs amongst the islands.

Skilled sailors with good charts find it tricky. Some of the reefs are well off their charted positions too .

I'll predict that Rimas will be on his radio asking for help once he has a sense of this.

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I don't really know where in Fiji he might wind up (if he winds up there), but I added Savusavu, Fiji and Brisbane, Australia to Rimas Adrift to get a greater sense for his distance to things.

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19 minutes ago, Trickypig said:

He is going to find any approach to Fiji difficult. There are plenty of reefs amongst the islands.

Skilled sailors with good charts find it tricky. Some of the reefs are well off their charted positions too .

I'll predict that Rimas will be on his radio asking for help once he has a sense of this.

Yup. I don't think most of the villagers use VHF, so they'll just see him floating by...

There are a number of fishing skiffs that could spot him, and probably tow him. But tow him to where?

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7 minutes ago, B.J. Porter said:

Yup. I don't think most of the villagers use VHF, so they'll just see him floating by...

There are a number of fishing skiffs that could spot him, and probably tow him. But tow him to where?

The inter island ferries (ships) use their VHFs and have antennas high up. Good chance they'll relay any calls received. They've gone over to sailboats on reefs before.

Otherwise it'll probably be a cruising sailor that will respond.

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He may ask for a tow well outside the out-lying atolls. IDK how far out the fishing boats operate...probably stay in closer to the reefs? Rimas has issues with his VHF...short range, perhaps dead batteries? The tow request will have to be from an enabler via ph...they're going to want $ to tow any distance. Rescue likely won't respond unless it's a declared emergency....inability to sail and navigate may not rise to that level.

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40 minutes ago, Trickypig said:

e is going to find any approach to Fiji difficult. There are plenty of reefs amongst the islands.

Skilled sailors with good charts find it tricky. Some of the reefs are well off their charted positions too .

I'll predict that Rimas will be on his radio asking for help once he has a sense of this.

rimas, sense?.....its well documented in this thread ......like senseless

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2 hours ago, zenmasterfred said:

He is going at record speed compared to a Brent Boat.  W/ a BS Boat he also wouldn't have to worry about hitting an atoll or shore, could just set up residence on the hard and collect his dole, maybe even fly in a willing chicken for entertainment.

 

+1000 Rimas and a brentboat are made for each other

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26 minutes ago, RKoch said:

He may ask for a tow well outside the out-lying atolls. IDK how far out the fishing boats operate...probably stay in closer to the reefs? Rimas has issues with his VHF...short range, perhaps dead batteries? The tow request will have to be from an enabler via ph...they're going to want $ to tow any distance. Rescue likely won't respond unless it's a declared emergency....inability to sail and navigate may not rise to that level.

C'mon RKoch, you know very well that the one thing Rimas has learned (likely from an enabler because I doubt he would be even think to look it up on his own)  is that all you have to do is utter the phrase "3 days no water" and his situation immediately becomes an emergency https://www.livescience.com/32320-how-long-can-a-person-survive-without-water.html .

He pulled this stunt the last time he got a free "emergency" tow into Hilo.

Actually, I think he said "3 days no food or water"  I guess he threw in the food part for good measure or figured they might throw in a feast for him as well as a free tow. 

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14 minutes ago, SCANAS said:

Towing is cheap at least & he might get close. He's not in your typical deep draft world cruiser. 

I don't think the tow will be cheap at all. He's got to be towed to a port of entry on the main island, most likely from outside the outlying atolls. Maybe 24 hours or more. 

Draft doesn't matter...water goes from very deep to awash reefs very quickly.

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4 minutes ago, 12 metre said:

C'mon RKoch, you know very well that the one thing Rimas has learned (likely from an enabler because I doubt he would be even think to look it up on his own)  is that all you have to do is utter the phrase "3 days no water" and his situation immediately becomes an emergency https://www.livescience.com/32320-how-long-can-a-person-survive-without-water.html .

He pulled this stunt the last time he got a free "emergency" tow into Hilo.

We don't know if the Fijis will fall for it. Or that they won't give him a large bill after discovering Rimas just wanted a courtesy tow.  He's probably already looking at a fine for no visa, and likely overtime charges from Customs and immigration if he shows up at night or weekend.

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If Rimas were smart, he would apply for funding from the collective governments of the Pacific to get a lifetime supply of Carnival cruise tickets.  Everyone would probably come out ahead. Taxpayers would likely save money.  Rimas would get to see the world with free food, and without having to lift a finger.  Mind you, he's kind of already accomplishing that.

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2 minutes ago, 12 metre said:

If Rimas were smart, he would apply for funding from the collective governments of the Pacific to get a lifetime supply of Carnival cruise tickets.  Everyone would probably come out ahead. Taxpayers would likely save money.  Rimas would get to see the world with free food, and without having to lift a finger.  Mind you, he's kind of already accomplishing that.

That's a similar suggestion to Tom's...that people donate to rescue services instead of Rimas's Fundly account. I think he suggested it about 3 years ago...

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4 minutes ago, SailBlueH2O said:

I bet they give him a free tow....to go...

I have no idea how Fiji will respond. Cruisers usually manage to make port on their own, and have sufficient funds to cover expenses. Not sure how they'll react to an incompetent deadbeat. They might grant him a short temp visa to repair and provision, but Rimas has no money for provisions and can't perform even basic repairs. The enablers can't send him money, as he'll just waste it...they'll have to fly there and hold his hand.

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9 minutes ago, RKoch said:

We don't know if the Fijis will fall for it. Or that they won't give him a large bill after discovering Rimas just wanted a courtesy tow.  He's probably already looking at a fine for no visa, and likely overtime charges from Customs and immigration if he shows up at night or weekend.

True, but perhaps that is what Rimas is hoping for.  Maybe he's smarter than I've given him credit for.

If what that linked article says is true - that the "Rule of 3's" is pretty well known in rescue circles, then would a government that refused a tow be potentially exposing themselves to a law suit in not providing a tow in a declared "emergency" .  Maybe Rimas is hoping to hit the jackpot here.

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At the course Rimas is on he has a 230nm spread of Fiji downwind of him.

Very soon he'll have no option but to arrive somewhere in Fiji since he will be unable to avoid going there.

Going north of Fiji is probably his only option for sailing past now... watch for the change of course in the next day or two if he gets nervous.

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2 minutes ago, 12 metre said:

True, but perhaps that is what Rimas is hoping for.  Maybe he's smarter than I've given him credit for.

If what that linked article says is true - that the "Rule of 3's" is pretty well known in rescue circles, then would a government that refused a tow be potentially exposing themselves to a law suit in not providing a tow in a declared "emergency" .  Maybe Rimas is hoping to hit the jackpot here.

He would have hit the SOS button back at Pago Pago. I think the CG in Hawaii may have read him the riot act after towing him in to Hilo after he declared an 'emergency'.  We don't know how Fiji will react. 

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23 minutes ago, RKoch said:

That's a similar suggestion to Tom's...that people donate to rescue services instead of Rimas's Fundly account. I think he suggested it about 3 years ago...

Yes, but probably easier to get government rather than private funding.

Also, Tom`s suggestion was done near the beginning of this saga (when there were people here still in his corner) and was meant seriously I believe - mine was very much tongue in cheek.

In hindsight, it`s hard to believe there were people here who actually donated money to fund this clown at one time.

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Remhrkable stoy underay to fiji. Its really nice weather i hopping for good the me is captivated i always thinking about sea waves moon sunsets 

July 23, 2017 23:05:30 GMT

15.2128°S, 173.3427°W

Course: 231° at 2.41kts

Happy sunday. Great day for sailing today the weather perfect. From hilo hawaii to. Fiji 3300 miles voyage. Now only 411 miles to go. Enjoy sunday

July 23, 2017 20:26:00 GMT

15.1465°S, 173.257°W

Course: 255° at 1.55kts

 

ignorance is bliss.

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3 minutes ago, 12 metre said:

Yes, but probably easier to get government rather than private funding.

Also, Tom`s suggestion was done near the beginning of this saga (when there were people here still in his corner, and was meant seriously I believe - mine was very much tongue in cheek.

In hindsight, it`s hard to believe there were people here who actually donated money to fund this clown at one time.

No one knew at the time Rimas was a lazy ass clown. I don't think anyone has made a second donation after seeing his true colors....just like he probably is no longer welcome in Hilo. 

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6 minutes ago, RKoch said:

He would have hit the SOS button back at Pago Pago. I think the CG in Hawaii may have read him the riot act after towing him in to Hilo after he declared an 'emergency'.  We don't know how Fiji will react. 

Good point, and he did say he tried to raise Pago Pago - but there is a very good chance he was out of range, IDK.

Or maybe they chose not to acknowledge.  That would be a way for them to avoid any potential liability I would think.  Maybe word is spreading around South Pacific nations in his ``path``.  In which case Rimas will be SOL at Fiji, or anywhere else for that matter.

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1 hour ago, Trickypig said:

He is going to find any approach to Fiji difficult. There are plenty of reefs amongst the islands.

Skilled sailors with good charts find it tricky. Some of the reefs are well off their charted positions too .

I'll predict that Rimas will be on his radio asking for help once he has a sense of this.

Let us hope he doesn't forget to zoom in ....

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Fiji-Customs and Immigration:

Yachts Arrival

Reporting to a Port of Entry

All yachts and small crafts arriving into Fiji from overseas must first report to a Customs Port of Entry.

Upon reaching pilot station, you will need to contact Port Control and request for entry into port. In the meantime, you must hoist and fly the “Q” flag on the mast until cleared by Health or unless you have received a radio pratique from Health. Also, you can request assistance from Port Control to contact Port Health, Customs and, Agriculture Quarantine for Clearance upon arrival.

You will be met with officials from Port Health, Customs, and Agricultural Quarantine Division on arrival and must remain on board until the yacht has been entered.

The following documents must be presented on arrival:

Procedures of Yacht Entry

All yachts and crafts entering Fiji are subject to import clearance requirements and the payment of customs duty on arrival. You must note that all immigration clearance will also be done by Customs.

Note* All fields on all Customs forms/documents are “MANDATORY”. Non – compliance in completion of forms/documents will result in unnecessary delays in clearance and/or penalty.

Charges and Customs Duty

There are Customs Charges and Duties that are payable depending on the nature of the goods and time of clearance. Below are some charges and duty that could be levied upon arrival:

Any excess to the above allowance will be subject to levy of import duty and VAT or goods being detained by Customs.

Firearms and Weapons

The importation of firearms is strictly controlled in Fiji. All firearms must be declared to the Customs Officer on arrival of the vessel from overseas.

Firearms onboard will be detained and placed for safekeeping by the Fiji Police who will hold them until the vessel’s departure. Collection times for arms should be arranged with Police at least 48 hours before departure time.

The importation of weapons such as flick knives, swordsticks, knuckle-dusters and any weapon designed to give the appearance of another article is prohibited.

Completed “Inward report ” (including 2 copies of crew and passengers lists)

Completed “Passenger arrival card”

Valid passport

Clearance from last port

Valid outward airline ticket if crew/passenger is disembarking at port of entry and leaving the country by air

In addition to the Advance Notice of Arrival form, the yacht Master is required to also complete two ( 2) sets of “Inward report ” before arrival in Fiji and is to present the completed forms to Customs.

Together with the completed Inward Report Forms, the Master is required to also present the Clearance from Last Port, passports and completed “Passenger Arrival Card” of all crew and passengers and all such individuals (including infants) to Customs at time of boarding.

You will need to inform Customs of any disembarking crew and reasons for disembarking.

You will also be asked to complete and sign a “Notice to Owner of Yachts Declaration” before your inward clearance is granted. You will need to read and understand the contents of the Notice to Yacht Owners as any breach of any conditions may warrant heavy penalties.

If you are carrying any currency and its combined value is equivalent to FJD$10,000.00, you will be required to fill in the “Border Currency Report”.

(Any combination of the above provided that it does not exceed the equivalent quantity under liquor, wine and beer, cigarette, cigar and tobacco).

Special Attendance Fee

Customs normal working hours are from 0800 – 1300 and 1400 – 1630 hrs and any clearance done outside these working hours, are subject to the following:

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Any Clearance done between 1300hrs and 1400hrs (Monday – Friday) – FJD$18.40

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9 minutes ago, RKoch said:

Fiji-Customs and Immigration:

Yachts Arrival

Reporting to a Port of Entry

All yachts and small crafts arriving into Fiji from overseas must first report to a Customs Port of Entry.

Upon reaching pilot station, you will need to contact Port Control and request for entry into port. In the meantime, you must hoist and fly the “Q” flag on the mast until cleared by Health or unless you have received a radio pratique from Health. Also, you can request assistance from Port Control to contact Port Health, Customs and, Agriculture Quarantine for Clearance upon arrival.

You will be met with officials from Port Health, Customs, and Agricultural Quarantine Division on arrival and must remain on board until the yacht has been entered.

The following documents must be presented on arrival:

Procedures of Yacht Entry

All yachts and crafts entering Fiji are subject to import clearance requirements and the payment of customs duty on arrival. You must note that all immigration clearance will also be done by Customs.

Note* All fields on all Customs forms/documents are “MANDATORY”. Non – compliance in completion of forms/documents will result in unnecessary delays in clearance and/or penalty.

Charges and Customs Duty

There are Customs Charges and Duties that are payable depending on the nature of the goods and time of clearance. Below are some charges and duty that could be levied upon arrival:

Any excess to the above allowance will be subject to levy of import duty and VAT or goods being detained by Customs.

Firearms and Weapons

The importation of firearms is strictly controlled in Fiji. All firearms must be declared to the Customs Officer on arrival of the vessel from overseas.

Firearms onboard will be detained and placed for safekeeping by the Fiji Police who will hold them until the vessel’s departure. Collection times for arms should be arranged with Police at least 48 hours before departure time.

The importation of weapons such as flick knives, swordsticks, knuckle-dusters and any weapon designed to give the appearance of another article is prohibited.

Completed “Inward report ” (including 2 copies of crew and passengers lists)

Completed “Passenger arrival card”

Valid passport

Clearance from last port

Valid outward airline ticket if crew/passenger is disembarking at port of entry and leaving the country by air

In addition to the Advance Notice of Arrival form, the yacht Master is required to also complete two ( 2) sets of “Inward report ” before arrival in Fiji and is to present the completed forms to Customs.

Together with the completed Inward Report Forms, the Master is required to also present the Clearance from Last Port, passports and completed “Passenger Arrival Card” of all crew and passengers and all such individuals (including infants) to Customs at time of boarding.

You will need to inform Customs of any disembarking crew and reasons for disembarking.

You will also be asked to complete and sign a “Notice to Owner of Yachts Declaration” before your inward clearance is granted. You will need to read and understand the contents of the Notice to Yacht Owners as any breach of any conditions may warrant heavy penalties.

If you are carrying any currency and its combined value is equivalent to FJD$10,000.00, you will be required to fill in the “Border Currency Report”.

(Any combination of the above provided that it does not exceed the equivalent quantity under liquor, wine and beer, cigarette, cigar and tobacco).

Special Attendance Fee

Customs normal working hours are from 0800 – 1300 and 1400 – 1630 hrs and any clearance done outside these working hours, are subject to the following:

Any Clearance done between 1630hrs and 0800hrs (Monday – Friday) – FJD$55.20

Any Clearance done between 1300hrs and 1400hrs (Monday – Friday) – FJD$18.40

Any Clearance done on Weekends and Public Holidays – FJD$76.65

Duties –

All crew and passengers above the age of 17years will be allowed normal passenger landing duty free allowance of the following:

2.25ltrs of Spirit or

4.5ltrs of Wine or

4.5ltrs of Beer, and

250 sticks of Cigarettes, or

250g cigar or

250g tobacco, or

Any other personal belonging up to a value of FJD$1,000.00

Yeah, but that`s for everyone else.  

Rimas? - he don`t need no steenkin clearance.

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As I said earlier...

NFW Rimas gets past Fiji......

be it a tow or a lawn dart..

Without some otherworldly intervention...spirits, dieties, or aliens.

BUT, I've been wrong before..

 

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I will admit when I first began to read the early part of the Rimas saga at the beginning of this thread, a part of me definitely admired the sheer moxie of this old fart just going out into a boat to cross the Pacific.

Then I found his stupid brain dropping "sea tweets" to be kind of amusing.  I lost any sympathy around the time I realized that in a couple of trips to and from Hawaii and Samoa and back to CA that not only did he not learn anything about sailing, like, the basics that a clever 10 year old would get in an hour of lessons, but he actually refused to learn anything when Jean and company offered to try and teach him.

Now the whole thing seems like an obscene spectacle to me.  It wouldn't bother me if he didn't set out on these trips with the full expectation of getting towed into port as part of the normal course of events as opposed to help he could receive in the event of a true emergency beyond his control, but he clearly does, otherwise he would have learned to maneuver his boat in and out of a harbor by now.

The obscenity of the spectacle is compounded by the fact that it's likely at some point to end in the death of this addled fool, either by drowning, exposure or trauma when his luck with weather runs out and his boat sinks or is dashed onto a reef, or simply by starvation or dehydration.  I wonder if and when any of this happens whether Jean and company will feel any sense of remorse or responsibility.  I realize that Rimas is the guy ultimately responsible, but come on already.

And the fact that prevention of his death can only happen through the agency of others, towing and rescuing him at their own risk and expense.  I realize that's their job, but it's a different situation when the guy repeatedly sets out where even in the normal course of events, no bad weather or breakage, he requires a rescue just to survive, there's no possibility of him getting into a harbor short of washing up onto it.  If it happened once and he was a crazy fool, okay.  But this is what, the fourth or fifth time for him?  He knows the rules of the game by now.

Now it just seems incredibly selfish, and any sense of admiration is gone.

It bothers me that I wouldn't take a trip like this yet because I don't know how to make repairs to engine, rigging or sails very well in the event of problems, and that I would worry about all the various contingencies that could arise, and that I'd want to acquire a checklist of core skills and knowledge before attempting it not to mention making sure I had a well equipped and maintained boat suited to the task.  I'd recognize the possibility of requiring rescue is there, but I wouldn't want it to enter the equation unless I'd exhausted every avenue, how you don't die of shame calling for rescue or a tow simply because you don't know how to sail a boat is just beyond me.  For this guy, who cares about all that.  Just load up, get a tow and go!

Much less doing it repeatedly and expecting that rescue as your due.

The fact that the guy's entire existence hinges on a Garmin tracker and its solar charger, and getting emailed/texted instructions of where to point his boat from people who might as well be the Great and Powerful Oz (and who ultimately might have to make the distress call for him), just makes my head want to explode.

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2 minutes ago, BrickTopHarry said:

I will admit when I first began to read etc etc...........

Many of us here over the years have had your same pang of concern and typed similar posts

However Rimas is the `sailing coachroach' and fortunately a Rawson 30 is relatively hard to sink.  Rimas never tackles anything other than Pacific tradewind latitudes. We may yet see his unhappy demise but at least he has `lived the dream' for a few years now.

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22 minutes ago, RKoch said:

Fiji-Customs and Immigration:

Yachts Arrival

Reporting to a Port of Entry

All yachts and small crafts arriving into Fiji from overseas must first report to a Customs Port of Entry.

Upon reaching pilot station, you will need to contact Port Control and request for entry into port. In the meantime, you must hoist and fly the “Q” flag on the mast until cleared by Health or unless you have received a radio pratique from Health. Also, you can request assistance from Port Control to contact Port Health, Customs and, Agriculture Quarantine for Clearance upon arrival.

You will be met with officials from Port Health, Customs, and Agricultural Quarantine Division on arrival and must remain on board until the yacht has been entered.

The following documents must be presented on arrival:

Procedures of Yacht Entry

All yachts and crafts entering Fiji are subject to import clearance requirements and the payment of customs duty on arrival. You must note that all immigration clearance will also be done by Customs.

Note* All fields on all Customs forms/documents are “MANDATORY”. Non – compliance in completion of forms/documents will result in unnecessary delays in clearance and/or penalty.

Charges and Customs Duty

There are Customs Charges and Duties that are payable depending on the nature of the goods and time of clearance. Below are some charges and duty that could be levied upon arrival:

Any excess to the above allowance will be subject to levy of import duty and VAT or goods being detained by Customs.

Firearms and Weapons

The importation of firearms is strictly controlled in Fiji. All firearms must be declared to the Customs Officer on arrival of the vessel from overseas.

Firearms onboard will be detained and placed for safekeeping by the Fiji Police who will hold them until the vessel’s departure. Collection times for arms should be arranged with Police at least 48 hours before departure time.

The importation of weapons such as flick knives, swordsticks, knuckle-dusters and any weapon designed to give the appearance of another article is prohibited.

Completed “Inward report ” (including 2 copies of crew and passengers lists)

Completed “Passenger arrival card”

Valid passport

Clearance from last port

Valid outward airline ticket if crew/passenger is disembarking at port of entry and leaving the country by air

In addition to the Advance Notice of Arrival form, the yacht Master is required to also complete two ( 2) sets of “Inward report ” before arrival in Fiji and is to present the completed forms to Customs.

Together with the completed Inward Report Forms, the Master is required to also present the Clearance from Last Port, passports and completed “Passenger Arrival Card” of all crew and passengers and all such individuals (including infants) to Customs at time of boarding.

You will need to inform Customs of any disembarking crew and reasons for disembarking.

You will also be asked to complete and sign a “Notice to Owner of Yachts Declaration” before your inward clearance is granted. You will need to read and understand the contents of the Notice to Yacht Owners as any breach of any conditions may warrant heavy penalties.

If you are carrying any currency and its combined value is equivalent to FJD$10,000.00, you will be required to fill in the “Border Currency Report”.

(Any combination of the above provided that it does not exceed the equivalent quantity under liquor, wine and beer, cigarette, cigar and tobacco).

Special Attendance Fee

Customs normal working hours are from 0800 – 1300 and 1400 – 1630 hrs and any clearance done outside these working hours, are subject to the following:

Any Clearance done between 1630hrs and 0800hrs (Monday – Friday) – FJD$55.20

Any Clearance done between 1300hrs and 1400hrs (Monday – Friday) – FJD$18.40

Any Clearance done on Weekends and Public Holidays – FJD$76.65

Duties –

All crew and passengers above the age of 17years will be allowed normal passenger landing duty free allowance of the following:One forty-five caliber automatic; two boxes of ammunition; four days' concentrated emergency rations; one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills; one miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible; one hundred dollars in rubles; one hundred dollars in gold; nine packs of chewing gum; one issue of prophylactics; three lipsticks; three pair of nylon stockings. Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.

Any other personal belonging up to a value of FJD$1,000.00

 

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2 hours ago, MisterMoon said:

The Delorme is a GPS all by itself. It has a basic global basemap installed by default. 

If he has it paired with his tablet, he may have maps, assuming someone installed Delormes mapping app. By itself the Delorme can't display anything but an arrow pointing at a lat/lon he would enter.

http://www.gpsnation.com/delorme-inreach-se-screen-edition.html?fee=1&fep=5907&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6ur1rM-g1QIVUIJ-Ch2VnwHUEAYYASABEgIGZvD_BwE

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1 hour ago, RKoch said:

We don't know if the Fijis will fall for it. Or that they won't give him a large bill after discovering Rimas just wanted a courtesy tow.  He's probably already looking at a fine for no visa, and likely overtime charges from Customs and immigration if he shows up at night or weekend.

Fiji doesn't ask for a visa up front. But they may require advanced notice of arrival, but I dont think so. If they DO...they ignore at as they're not prepared for you to arrive in my experience.

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As I understand from here, the rescuing nation gets stuck with with a tow, a zero value boat, and a squatter wasting sellable dock space.   If they pull him off the boat they still get a squatter and a hazard to navigation.   Either way, due to lack of funds and visa they get stuck for an airplane ride.  Does Rimas chose where, or might he end up in Atlanta?  Could the rescuing agency do the simple thing, give Rimas survival crackers, fish line and water?   Let him keep his boat, and let the drift continue.  No sails to trash, no butter cookies, but Rimas would likely chose that over giving up his boat.   It seems incredible so many rescue agencies have towed him so far.  He must be a good con, but it cannot occur indefinitely,   That may have been the reason he drifted by American Samoa, but even virgin territory may use the internet.   

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14 minutes ago, B.J. Porter said:

Fiji doesn't ask for a visa up front. But they may require advanced notice of arrival, but I dont think so. If they DO...they ignore at as they're not prepared for you to arrive in my experience.

Sounds like 48 hrs notice required.

"This revised Form C2-C must be emailed or faxed to the Fijian authorities not less than 48 hours prior to arrival. It can be much longer than this if convenient. It is also necessary to attach a scanned photo of your boat and also a copy of the Captain’s passport. You send these 2 pictures, along with a scanned copy of your completed Form C2-C. This is a NEW requirement."

Rimas's situation is probably made more difficult if he arrives destitute, on the end of a tow rope. I don't think the authorities are going to welcome a grifter with open arms, particularly if they sense Rimas's 'emergency' was merely a ploy for a free tow.  Previously, his voyages ended on US soil, they couldn't kick him out. 

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7 minutes ago, Lark said:

As I understand from here, the rescuing nation gets stuck with with a tow, a zero value boat, and a squatter wasting sellable dock space.   If they pull him off the boat they still get a squatter and a hazard to navigation.   Either way, due to lack of funds and visa they get stuck for an airplane ride.  Does Rimas chose where, or might he end up in Atlanta?  Could the rescuing agency do the simple thing, give Rimas survival crackers, fish line and water?   Let him keep his boat, and let the drift continue.  No sails to trash, no butter cookies, but Rimas would likely chose that over giving up his boat.   It seems incredible so many rescue agencies have towed him so far.  He must be a good con, but it cannot occur indefinitely,   That may have been the reason he drifted by American Samoa, but even virgin territory may use the internet.   

I think the U.S. State Dept picks up the tab to fly him to US soil.  Rescuing country stuck with the rescue and cleanup costs, unless they sue Rimas which is pointless. 

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4 minutes ago, 6924 said:

RKoch - 31.July fiji(?) 

6924 - 2.Aug 2300 GMT "Fiji" 

Cal20 - 4.Aug 1100 GMT 

My pick is the Fiji outer islands, think they're called the Lau Group. He'll wreck there on the 31st.

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1 hour ago, BrickTopHarry said:

I will admit when I first began to read the early part of the Rimas saga at the beginning of this thread, a part of me definitely admired the sheer moxie of this old fart just going out into a boat to cross the Pacific.

Then I found his stupid brain dropping "sea tweets" to be kind of amusing.  I lost any sympathy around the time I realized that in a couple of trips to and from Hawaii and Samoa and back to CA that not only did he not learn anything about sailing, like, the basics that a clever 10 year old would get in an hour of lessons, but he actually refused to learn anything when Jean and company offered to try and teach him.

Now the whole thing seems like an obscene spectacle to me.  It wouldn't bother me if he didn't set out on these trips with the full expectation of getting towed into port as part of the normal course of events as opposed to help he could receive in the event of a true emergency beyond his control, but he clearly does, otherwise he would have learned to maneuver his boat in and out of a harbor by now.

The obscenity of the spectacle is compounded by the fact that it's likely at some point to end in the death of this addled fool, either by drowning, exposure or trauma when his luck with weather runs out and his boat sinks or is dashed onto a reef, or simply by starvation or dehydration.  I wonder if and when any of this happens whether Jean and company will feel any sense of remorse or responsibility.  I realize that Rimas is the guy ultimately responsible, but come on already.

And the fact that prevention of his death can only happen through the agency of others, towing and rescuing him at their own risk and expense.  I realize that's their job, but it's a different situation when the guy repeatedly sets out where even in the normal course of events, no bad weather or breakage, he requires a rescue just to survive, there's no possibility of him getting into a harbor short of washing up onto it.  If it happened once and he was a crazy fool, okay.  But this is what, the fourth or fifth time for him?  He knows the rules of the game by now.

Now it just seems incredibly selfish, and any sense of admiration is gone.

It bothers me that I wouldn't take a trip like this yet because I don't know how to make repairs to engine, rigging or sails very well in the event of problems, and that I would worry about all the various contingencies that could arise, and that I'd want to acquire a checklist of core skills and knowledge before attempting it not to mention making sure I had a well equipped and maintained boat suited to the task.  I'd recognize the possibility of requiring rescue is there, but I wouldn't want it to enter the equation unless I'd exhausted every avenue, how you don't die of shame calling for rescue or a tow simply because you don't know how to sail a boat is just beyond me.  For this guy, who cares about all that.  Just load up, get a tow and go!

Much less doing it repeatedly and expecting that rescue as your due.

The fact that the guy's entire existence hinges on a Garmin tracker and its solar charger, and getting emailed/texted instructions of where to point his boat from people who might as well be the Great and Powerful Oz (and who ultimately might have to make the distress call for him), just makes my head want to explode.

Rants like this one are the funniest part of this sage to me. Thanks, Harry! I was literally LOLing.

I mentioned back on page 2 of this thread "some gaps in his preparation." I was being polite.

People do strange things. Rimas and his enablers are among the strangest. I couldn't bring myself to let him go out on a boat alone. They do it over and over.

Just remember: that's them, not you. Since we can't stop them, might as well enjoy the spectacle. It doesn't have to be in any way admirable to be fun to watch.

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12 minutes ago, 6924 said:

RKoch - 31.July fiji(?) 

6924 - 2.Aug 2300 GMT "Fiji" 

Cal20 - 4.Aug 1100 GMT 

 

I'm with Cal20. 4 Aug 1130 GMT.

Rimas is sure to start shitting his pants when he gets close and drop his sail(s)

The Inreach and VHF (if it works) will get a workout which will make for interesting reading from the 1st on.

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If Rimas doesn't drift up onto a reef somewhere (a danger of which he is likely blissfully unaware), I'm certain his plan is to:

1. drift as close to an occupied island as he can  (having been informed of where he is and the fact that he is near an occupied island by his stateside enablers)

2. push the "Emergency" button on his Delorme, (and keep shouting into his dead or dying Cobra handheld VHF for effect)

3. claim that he has been drifting with no engine or sails and without food or water for several days while his enablers arrange a rescue

4. he will conveniently dump any food or water soon as he is assured of the rescue

5. He will then spend the next several weeks telling anyone who will listen how he escaped certain death by his superior skills as a great captain of the sea.

It's worked before; no reason why it won't work again.

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6 minutes ago, SailBlueH2O said:

Rimas is not a US citizen correct ?....Russian or one of it's  modern day derivatives ...?

Rimas is naturalized U.S. citizen. He collects a minimum SS check, as his employment history is scant.

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3 minutes ago, DavidC59 said:

If Rimas doesn't drift up onto a reef somewhere (a danger of which he is likely blissfully unaware), I'm certain his plan is to:

1. drift as close to an occupied island as he can  (having been informed of where he is and the fact that he is near an occupied island by his stateside enablers)

2. push the "Emergency" button on his Delorme, (and keep shouting into his dead or dying Cobra handheld VHF for effect)

3. claim that he has been drifting with no engine or sails and without food or water for several days while his enablers arrange a rescue

4. he will conveniently dump any food or water soon as he is assured of the rescue

5. He will then spend the next several weeks telling anyone who will listen how he escaped certain death by his superior skills as a great captain of the sea.

It's worked before; no reason why it won't work again.

Well, it worked on US soil and territories, where he couldn't be deported. That may not be the case in foreign country. Scanning through clearance policy in Fiji (link above), it's sounds like it's not very expensive or difficult provided you follow their formal policy. It doesn't look like Rimas can do that. I don't know what response of Fiji bureaucrats will be to that...it's a wild card.

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Leua Aiono Frost Rimas Meleshyus where are you?? Are you here in Samoa now?
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Leua Aiono Frost Ok I did alerted the US Coast Guard to try and get to him, I guess he had to send a signal in order for them to activate getting to him to tow him over to land....but the weather has been fine since yesterday here in Samoan islands hope that is convenient for him to sail into harbor... thanks for info...this 65 year old has to stop putting the best of friends on edge, lol lol

 

 
I remember Leau Alono Frost from when Rimas was on Samoa. Seemed like a solid family guy. Turns out he did try to get Rimas a tow.
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8 minutes ago, Uncooperative Tom said:

Hmmm...

 
 
I remember Leau Alono Frost from when Rimas was on Samoa. Seemed like a solid family guy. Turns out he did try to get Rimas a tow.

I think 'he' is a she. She is a reporter for local paper. Rimas got her to write a story about his most remarkable voyage.

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16 minutes ago, RKoch said:

I think 'he' is a she. She is a reporter for local paper. Rimas got her to write a story about his most remarkable voyage.

No, you're thinking of someone else. Just went to his page. Even Samoa doesn't grow women that big.

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22 minutes ago, bigrpowr said:

and even "she" assumes since the weather was nice, he should have sailed in to harbor. 

An easy assumption, since every other boat can sail into the harbor. From the chart, it looks real easy.

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59 minutes ago, RKoch said:

 

RKoch - 31.July Time?  'fiji'

Bythelee - 32.July Time? 'fiji' 

6924 - 2.Aug 2300 GMT "Fiji" 

Cal20 - 4.Aug 1100 GMT 

Trickypig -4.Aug 1130 GMT

'Fiji' means any island, atoll, reef, or rock that is part of Fiji group, its a target only 250 miles wide but if anyone can miss it - our hero can. 

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7 minutes ago, 6924 said:

RKoch - 31.July Time?  'fiji'

Bythelee - 32.July Time? 'fiji' 

6924 - 2.Aug 2300 GMT "Fiji" 

Cal20 - 4.Aug 1100 GMT 

Trickypig -4.Aug 1130 GMT

'Fiji' means any island, atoll, reef, or rock that is part of Fiji group, its a target only 250 miles wide but if anyone can miss it - our hero can. 

That's why I initially said "Fiji Islands". There's hundreds of then...he's bound to hit one. But I think it'll probably be an atoll or reef in the Lau Group. 

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Tom -    29.July 0000 

RKoch - 31.July Time?  'fiji'

Bythelee - 32.July Time? 'fiji' 

6924 - 2.Aug 2300 GMT "Fiji" 

bigrpowr - 3.Aug 0600 GMT 

Cal20 - 4.Aug 1100 GMT 

Trickypig -4.Aug 1130 GMT

'Fiji' means any island, atoll, reef, or rock that is part of Fiji group, its a target only 250 miles wide but if anyone can miss it - our hero can. 

RKoch - thanks for da' map 

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