Originally Posted by Randolph555
I was asked to run that race team and got Don Souther and Duncon Harrison as teammates.... Duncon has been on 4 transPacs and won on Willow Wind (Cal 40)... they wanted me to trade Duncon for the 86yr old woman!!! The owner (in a text) said she made for a good drinking partner!.... Talked to Don and Duncon and under the advise of Don's brother Bob, Sam Heck and Merry, Steve Tregor (Grand Illusion), Richard Parlette(White Knight), and practically everyone else we ran for the hills!!! That boat should never have left the dock!!!... we all feel sorry for the crew RD and Jake and believe there is truth in that report as I have raced that boat to PV and dealt with these people before!.. they are decent people but their flair-ups are notorious!
Aquarius passed quite easily the pre-race inspection, as it was campaigned as a live-aboard boat that races and therefore be measured/weighed as is (compared to another similar boat by the inspector it passed specs.) Unfortunately, the boat had no real sail arsenal and being a virtual last-minute entry it somewhat slipped its way through the cracks.... the account of RD crewman was right in the fact that the owner and friend had very little spin exp., in fact, we had the same problems in the PV race although we managed a 2nd.
Thank you for shedding light on their reputation. You are obviously experienced and have experienced friends, as you showed good judgment in not going with them a second time without your friends, but you were thinking about it till they nixed your friend replaced by the 86year old. If it was terrible the first time to PV why did you even consider going again?
Would you agree there is a big difference between the run to Hawaii and the run to Puerto Vharda? Was this boat adequately outfitted ( besides the sails) to do this passage safely. Did it have the proper safety equipment?
I noticed you just joined Sailnet and this is your first post, so how did you find out about this controversy? What boat did you eventually get a ride on?
You said you texted with the Captain. Do you have the Captains e mail address. Could you PM it to me. It might be nice to here the other side of this story also