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Would he be flying that pirate's flag if he read sailnet....?

I think not


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I should be the only one that thinks this is a crazy and dangerous thing to do at the age of 76


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He could stay home and watch TV for 15 years that might kill a twenty something. Good for him he wants to live! He can stop if he wants no law saying he must do the whole thing.
Is this the guy I read about that ran a marathon not long ago ?
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I should be the only one that thinks this is a crazy and dangerous thing to do at the age of 76
Spoken, obviously by someone much younger than 76!
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Do yo think 63 feet is too big to single hand. Would a composting toilet be used or a holdimg tank. Should he remove the in mast furler. Should he find a job and save some more money for the kitty. Will there be bulldogs on board. Will he be making toasties and what filling.....good luck to him, age is no barrier.

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He could stay home and watch TV for 15 years that might kill a twenty something. Good for him he wants to live! He can stop if he wants no law saying he must do the whole thing.
Is this the guy I read about that ran a marathon not long ago ?
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He's done Iron Man competitions, so he could be. I found some info about him:

From an earlier interview:

"But after all, I'm 76 so there's an 8% chance I won't live through next year anyhow. The odds aren't that bad, so you may as well go out and try it."

I like this guy!

The Interview

He has his own website.

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I had a chance to see his boat "Kiwi Sprit" up close at the docks yesterday. Impressive!


Its a complex boat with a lot of systems. If they all keep working well, I think he has a good chance of beating the record. Either way I wish him the best of luck and i'm looking forward to seeing him return in another 4 months or so.

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Good for him, I hope he has a blast.

What I can't get over is that no one seems to be able to circumnavigate without drawing tons of attention and attempting to set some sort of record.

I plan to set the record for being the first sailor to circumnavigate without telling anyone that I did so.


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I should be the only one that thinks this is a crazy and dangerous thing to do at the age of 76
That was my first thought, but then I remembered I read an article about a 16 year old who did a circumnavigation... then I thought of myself in my mid 50's (I have no experience at all).

I would think he is more qualified and skilled than I and maybe just as physically able as a 16 year old. Sight unseen, I know little about the man than his age, so it is hard to project his abilities.


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He could stay home and watch TV for 15 years that might kill a twenty something. Good for him he wants to live! He can stop if he wants no law saying he must do the whole thing.
Is this the guy I read about that ran a marathon not long ago ?
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Yes you are right considering that taking into consideration the unreasonable risks he is taking he does not carry an Epirb or Satphone and will not call for help if something goes wrong not putting the life of others in danger and not wasting public money on probable search and rescue operations.

From an interview:

"But after all, I'm 76 so there's an 8% chance I won't live through next year anyhow. The odds aren't that bad, so you may as well go out and try it."

8% of chance he does not make it trough net year and what would be a chance that he lives through the next year but needs medical attention? 50%? and how much this situation will increase the risk of him needing medical attention, I mean fragile bones broken, muscular problems, that sort of thing? 50%?

What would be the change that he will make it without problems that will need help? 20%, 10%?


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