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Re: 76-year-old begins solo circumnavigation

I was under the impression that a true circum-navigation was the distance around the equator; therefore, this is why they start in the northern hemisphere to meet the distance requirement. Is this right??
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Re: 76-year-old begins solo circumnavigation

this kind of makes sense, since... you could just sail the lower latitude
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Re: 76-year-old begins solo circumnavigation

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I must say, given the millions spent on that boat, and the quality of a build by Lyman-Morse, I'm surprised at the number of problems he's had to deal with, and the appearance that many things were not better sorted out... Seems yet another powerful argument in favor of simplicity over complexity, to me, even when money is no object...
Yes, that boat is clearly overcontraptionalized. And most of the time that spells disaster. Especially when you sail alone.
I think he was rushing to start his voyage ASAP to beat the competition and had no time to properly shake down this boat.
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Re: 76-year-old begins solo circumnavigation

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I was under the impression that a true circum-navigation was the distance around the equator; therefore, this is why they start in the northern hemisphere to meet the distance requirement. Is this right??
No. The problem rose many years ago in what regards ratification of records since some tried to circumnavigate only around high latitudes on the Southern ocean, kind of a tour around the South Pole. For that reason it was established that at some point they have to cross the equator and the course has to have a minimum length of 21,600 nm to validate the record.

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"According to the WSSRC, for around the world sailing records, there is a rule saying that the length must be at least 21,600 nm calculated along the shortest possible track from the starting port and back that does not cross land and does not go below 63°S. The great-circle distance formulas are to be used, assuming that the great circle length is 21,600 nm. It is allowed to have one single waypoint to lengthen the calculated track. The equator must be crossed. In reality, this means that the boat should pass a waypoint at or not far from the antipode of the starting port of the journey (the exact position depends on how short the shortest possible track is). For example, the Vendée Globe starts at 46°N 2°W, has a waypoint at 57°S 180°E, and barely makes the distance requirement."

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Re: 76-year-old begins solo circumnavigation

There are a lot of people looking to be the 'oldest solo circumnavigation'

eventually the boats will come with a coffin
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There are a lot of people looking to be the 'oldest solo circumnavigation'

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Well, he'd have to wait at least another decade to try to make that claim...

Specifically, he was attempting to beat the late Dodge Morgan's record voyage, which began and ended in Bermuda...

One silver lining in this, for me, is that Morgan's record still stands, in a boat designed by the late, great Ted Hood...


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I didn't mean to belittle anyone's accomplishment -- that was achieved at any age//

Though when everyone wants to be the youngest or oldest to do anything, to me, it seems it pushes the boundaries of what is smart or not.... and I guess, maybe we need to let people be as stupid as they can....
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To circumnavigate --- do you have to cross the equator? I was wondering why the Kiwi Spirit didn't start in New Zealand (and finish) --- his homeland... but I have seen a couple solo navigators have started in the northern hemisphere
Yes - otherwise it is not recognized as circumnavigation...
Anybody could go round the globe in the southern ocean without end...
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Good thing he has some C-clamps aboard...

UFB...


what kind of fixture is that?
did the pin pry loose?

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Perhaps he should have had Brent make his furlers :-) Although, I'd put my money on that being some "Electric winch-assisted" damage, there...


indeed - it looks that way and might be in connection with the above "damage"...

funnily on his blog he never mentioned any damage to any system but his rips...
where did you get the images from?

and besides - what is meant by Farr design with this: "The boom end failure is a substantial one."

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what kind of fixture is that?
did the pin pry loose?

funnily on his blog he never mentioned any damage to any system but his rips...
where did you get the images from?

and besides - what is meant by Farr design with this: "The boom end failure is a substantial one."
I don't know, your guess is as good as mine... The first pic does appear to have been some sort of repair cobbled together with a replacement of the original pin...

The pics were put up on his Facebook page, linked to on his blog...
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