At this rate they'll have 66 collisions after 1,000 days.
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
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?
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.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.
Actually they are pretty quiet...too quiet to hear over much sea noise. Small fishing boats are much noisier.A thought about hitting the freighter...freighter's are not small ships. Nor are they quiet.
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?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.
Right. This is heading to become the nautical equivalent of the Timothy Treadwell story.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.
I think you've got it. Edison believed in re-incarnation.....do you suppose?Yeah, this guy's just like Edison. <_<