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Just watched about 30 minutes of the Mike Perham sailing around the world at 16 documentary. Credit where credit is due in leaaving the dock but I thought this piece served very well in the discussion and distuingishing between adventure sailing and cruising.
First let me say I thought the whole thing to be unsavory and unimpressive in high notes. No Sea trial, complete and utter reliance on auto pilot and electronic navigation. I saw more sitting inside the cabin holding back tears.
I guess I just find it a wee bit depressing that one can sail alone around the world without even knowing how to chart a course. I suppose its the romanitc notions of sailing and surviving the elements by self reliance.
So i think cruising is vacationing on a sailboat. Plug in the destination, engage the autopilot, unfurl the sails and get motoring when your not making it fast enough. You can be both an adventure sailor and cruiser it just depends how your sailing.
Adventure sailing, which I still hold to be the true way to sail around the world and recieve any real merit is sailing. I mean sailing as it comes. Plotting, beating to, alternates, anchorages, storm jibs, wind vanes or an expert knowledge of your boats electronics including the spares proper. Sailing to seclusion. Finding your own way and sailing there with what the oceans provide in way of windage. The 40 year ago sailing pretty much.
There is a really cool thing called technology and ive been on boats frequently that have all the best gizmos. Id love a both with all of them. I just want to be able to do both and it bothers me to a degree that people can put down enough money and almost sit the whole way sailing around the world alone. Not one noon sight, no astronomy talk, no rounding the cape ( a big DQ in my book), no navigation, complete reliance on technology with no ability to work or repair said technology.
All in all was not a good watch. I hope to attempt something of the same variety in a few years time. You have to remember that if you always keep one eye on the destination then you only have one eye for the journey.
What do you all think of being able to attempt sailing records like sailing alone around the world with a cruising approach as opposed to an adventure one?