Originally Posted by PCP
, I know Larry Pardey at least is reputation. I am not saying that I am not a better sailor than Larry Pardey. I said that in my opinion that guy that crossed the Atlantic on a beach cat is probably a bet sailor than Larry Pardey. Now do you think that Larry Pardey is the better sailor in the world? Do you know that guy that crossed the Atlantic in a cat? How do you can have an opinion if you don't know that guy or his experience?
At least I know both. It seems that at least I am a bit more informed than you
How am I disparaging you or your friends? Just because I justifiably disagree with your opinions, namely about size and safety in boat?
I ask apology if I mistook your words.
I see sailing across the ocean in an open beach cat as a "stunt". In the same category as taking an inflatable across the ocean. It's not cruising as I see it. You are correct, I do not know the guy who sailed the beach cat. BUT, that is a FAR different than the cruising Larry has accomplished during his life.
I see the open 60s and the last Americas Cup boats as racers, and not cruising boats and not even close to what any of us will be using. Jill and I met with Gary Jobson at the Oakland Yacht Club not long before the races. When asked what technology/parts he thought would trickle down to our cruising boats, he thought for a bit and said, "Maybe some of the radio tec, but nothing else."