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Re: Why All the Absurd Circumnavigation Threads?
Mike, I agree with you in general but still say statistics will be deceptive.
For instance,"an uptick in the frequency of abandonments sailing yachts in the last year or two ". OK. How's the weather? Right, in the last 50 years there have been major increases in the range and strength of tornados and extreme weather in the US alone. Tornados were "once in a hundred year" events in many places like New England, now they are routine in storm season. So, do we filter out vessels in distress by the number of extreme weather days at sea, as well?
Or perhaps, how's the economy been? If the last crash is past and folks are spending money again, and boating in general is up...maybe the uptick in rescues just reflects more boaters on the water? Caused by any number of factors?
Of course it could be another mental health system failure, letting all the crazies loose on the streets and eventually the docks. And that's not entirely implausible. Or it could be related to cell phones and the internet. I recall very clearly the first time I watched a live webcam feed from the SOUTH POLE and said to myself, holy **it, the south pole and the top of Everest, the world really has become a different place. Maybe folks just have lost their fear of "here be dragons" as the dragons are now, well, all on the web too?
Or maybe the Nooze are just finding out this is good drama, it sells commercial time better than worrying folks over that Putin fellow and WW3, or all the genocides that keep happening.
Statistics. Drama. Bottom line, what difference does it make? So more people are talking or doing or (ooops) failing at circumnavigation. When I was a kid, you could DREAM about going to Mt. Everest. But wtf would have had the nightmare of being stuck in a climbers' traffic jam way the hell out there?!
Different world every day, every year. Unicorns, purple dinosaurs, sailing away to Shangri-La (and the canal system through those mountains is amazing(G) ) who knows.
Statistics? File under stamp collecting and bonsai gardening, interesting hobby but of limited practical purpose, unless you really really get the details straight. Which is a process we are generally clueless about. Even, and especially, on The Nooze.