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Old 10-08-2009, 02:00 PM   #57
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Oh dear, they are now lining up to be the youngest young lady to sail around the world: Abby Sunderland from the US is about to have ago come November. Mark my words restrictions will apply to this foolishness that may affect all who venture out to sea in the not too distant future!
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Perhaps we should all petition Guinness Book of Records to drop this foolishness of "youngest to sail around the world". That would put a quick stop to it, I think.
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:03 PM   #59
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Young Jessica has received a letter from Andrew Cape, an Australian sailor with long distance credentials : http://www.news.com.au/travel/story/0,2831...5014090,00.html

Don't think it will make any difference at this stage who advises the girl not to go, she sets off this weekend.
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The November edition of Yachting Monthly lends weight to your claim as it quotes the Chief Executive of the RYA as saying, " I see no merit in so-called records where the objective is to be the youngest".

Rod Carr, the CE, has voiced "grave resovations about the continuing drive by teenagers to become the youngest circumnavigator." The publication continues, "He fears that if one of the youngsters meets with disaster, calls for sailing to be regulated would affect ordinary yachtsmen."

I fear that articles like the one I refer to will continue to apear in yachting journals as will forum debates until this madness is brought to an end. Hopefully that will happen without being preceeded by a disaster but, unfortunately, I doubt that.

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Old 11-20-2009, 01:45 AM   #61
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Sailing east to west is the only alternative for sailing in the northern hemisphere, study them pilot charts. Prevailing winds are clock wise. Planning to cross the Pacific plot out the North Pacific High, it moves around. In particular look for the 30 milibar line. West to East is OK in the southern oceans.
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i always wonder about all this; the hubub is amazing and these kids are given 15 min of fame. but its hardly new or heroic because theres been kids round the world before and will be again when all this is forgot. is any one of the illusion of age when we speak of our history? there where ships captains of 12 and thirteen sailing all over the place. what a sad bunch we modern folks are to need this sort of thing and call it adventure. just goes to prove its time to head for new seas between stars.
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i always wonder about all this; the hubub is amazing and these kids are given 15 min of fame. but its hardly new or heroic because theres been kids round the world before and will be again when all this is forgot. is any one of the illusion of age when we speak of our history? there where ships captains of 12 and thirteen sailing all over the place. what a sad bunch we modern folks are to need this sort of thing and call it adventure. just goes to prove its time to head for new seas between stars.
Oh, given the actions of certain nations lately. and the current health issues arising in the world these days. I don't think it will be a problem for much longer. The young who hate the parents who gave them neither discipline or love (funny how those go together) combined with a increasing tendency towards violence not only in the developing world but also the First world as well (see earlier statement) tends to point towards a world war most likely and wide scale unrest as power structures are shaken and reshaped. Though given the huge amount of out right apathy and unwillingness for self responsibility and real community interaction. I don't hold high hopes for large section of modern society.

Might be one of the reasons to go sailing you might say. Not that it will keep the not so good stuff from following (given increases in diverse forms of crime globally).

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