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Re: Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!

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Thanks for the heads up on this. It is the ultimate story of human perseverance and survival. Last week I considered the contrast with this experience vs the ships recently stuck on ice in the Antarctic. In Shacketons day, one waited it out until the thaw, totally self sufficient. Be a year or so before they realized you were missing, another to finance, equip, and come looking for you!
By then you either trekked out on your own (in the artic) or in 100 years they find your graves on some forbidding shore
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Re: Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!

Kudos to PBS for NOT playing up the reality show aspect. There really are 6 guys on 22 foot boat making an 800 mile trip in the southern ocean using 1916 nav equipment and clothing. Unless they're all simpletons there's bound to be some drama. The low hanging fruit would be to capitalize on the "you took a bad reading you putz" and I'm glad they didn't. I live and work in "reality" I don't want to watch more of it on TV.
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Re: Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!

We just watched it online this morning. What an adventure! Though, it's absolutely not one I would want to endure. I'm ready for the 2nd episode!
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Re: Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!

Great post!
If you had to be on that boat during Shackletons time would you want to be with Shackletons crew or the Chasing Shackletons crew?
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Re: Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!

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Great post!
If you had to be on that boat during Shackletons time would you want to be with Shackletons crew or the Chasing Shackletons crew?
I was thinking the same thing. The chase boat has sails. And heat, room to change clothes under roof, and a better menu. But I'd still like the experience of the little boat using old equipment. So if "both" wasn't an option, I'd pick the Australis.

I HAVE a 21 foot boat with a single gas burner, one pot, and tiny cabin filled with sails and gear. If I wanted the experience I'd take it out today (sub zero temps this week gave us ice, now it's 45, windy, and raining hard - seems like that replicates the southern ocean pretty well actually)
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Re: Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!

What an adventure! I don't think I could handle the cold though.
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Re: Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!

While the chasing crew had a rescue ship close by and electrical communication with said ship and outstanding qualifications, I think the original crew would probably be better versed on sailing that boat and surviving. I was somewhat surprised that the chasing crew had some difficulity with a crimp connection to the electrical communication. I can understand the challenge of mastering 1914 technology and living conditions within a short period of time, but here there was difficulity in mastering modern technology by a group that uses it daily in their modern world. I would prefer the original crew FWIW. When is part 2 being aired?
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Re: Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!

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I was wrong - part 2 is not on tonight. Part 1 was on again at 3AM. Part 2 is next week. But thanks to Captainmeme's link I won't have to set my VCR. I'll watch it from my iPad when I have time.
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Re: Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!

Sorry Sealover I wasn't going for experience. I was trying to say if you where stuck on Elephant Island in the 1800's who would you pick as crew. New crew has more knowledge of the world. Old crew might have more experience and grit. No gps or safety boat just crew with all the same gear.
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Re: Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!

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I HAVE a 21 foot boat with a single gas burner, one pot, and tiny cabin filled with sails and gear. If I wanted the experience I'd take it out today (sub zero temps this week gave us ice, now it's 45, windy, and raining hard - seems like that replicates the southern ocean pretty well actually)
Sorry, not even REMOTELY close... :-)

Until you've seen that part of the world, one cannot even BEGIN to picture what it's like down there, the harshness of that environment... The notion of sailing across the Scotia Sea in a vessel like that, then traversing the interior of South Georgia, finding the whaling station at Stromness, it simply boggles the mind...





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