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post #18 of Old 04-07-2013
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Re: British Columbia wilderness, sometime in next 3 years, any exp

Originally Posted by jackdale View Post

A friend tried to go round in a Taser and had to be rescued.
OK. I've been waiting a LONG time for a reply to this. But none has come. Exactly why did he have to be RESCUED?

I tried sailing it in an 8 footer once and - Yes- I had to be rescued too. Why? Because I was becalmed.

What's this guy's story? I find it difficult to believe that anyone with a retractable centerboard can't sail around Vancouver island. There are only three choices:

1) You swamped
2) You beached
3) You were becalmed

If #1 happened, your friend should not have lived to tell about it.

While we should all avoid doing STUPID the idea that people living on Vancouver Island all live in FEAR of launching a 12 foot sailboat without DYING should be addressed since the drowning records don't suggest this at all. Or, if they do, owners of 12 foot sailboats on Vancouver Island are the world's most daring sailors.

So don't get me wrong. I'm not challenging you. I don't doubt your friend was rescued. I just think an explanation of why is in order.
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