Couple Cruise for 1000 Days

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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

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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OceanBien

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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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Stormy Weather

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.

 

OceanBien

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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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Rail Meat

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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.

 

Junkyard Dog

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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.

 
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.

 

pipsqueak

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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.

 

SamLowry

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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.

 
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?

 

projectmayhem2001

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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

Project Mayhem

 

Foolish

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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?

 

Mike

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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.

 

sailman

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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. <_<

 

Kelp

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

 

JDL

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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.

 

Liquid

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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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