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Oh, it’s THAT Ronnie. I seem to recall that he was the guy who had more video cameras than emergency tillers or rudders. I also recall some tyro trying to equate this guy to Skip Allen… Hmmm… I wonder what that tyro is thinking about that subject today? I went over to the SSS website and pulled Ronnie’s Bio. Apparently, his brush with a little weather has turned into a full blown hurricane! Too bad that the SHTP doesn’t have the same tracking devices and communications protocol to track this guy to Hawaii. Pac Cup on the other hand updates positions constantly and you can track the boats on the website and many of them post blog entries through their modems.

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“A bit more than two years ago, I was lost in life and pretty much traded my old life for one on and around sailboats. I purchased a cruising boat and took off for Hawaii, only to sustain damage in a hurricane and require assistance. Ending up in San Diego, California. My old boat may be gone, but my dream of single handing across the Pacific is stronger than it has ever been. Upon returning to the States last year, I bought a Cal 25 and began preparing it for the SHTP, only to be offered a friend's boat to race, to benefit combat-wounded Veterans of the US Armed Forces. As a combat-wounded Iraq veteran, this is a cause I truly believe in. After spending two months in North Carolina preparing the boat, we trailered it out to Alameda so that I could spend four months preparing to race to Hawaii, while doing work for the wounded veteran non-profit "Hope for the Warriors". “
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He'd have a better chance if he wasn't hauling that buoy around in the back of his boat.
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Hurrican my arse, the guy was in 30 knot winds, and dirtied his shorts. No proof of what went wrong except his nerves. If he's going to sugar coat what happened I will bust his nuts. He claims there were rudder problems, but I spent 2 days, and nights trying to give advice to a third party. He just wanted off the boat, and no proof of rudder problems. He was a wreck when he got off the boat, and on to a freighter. Now he's going to talk trash he survived a hurricane ? Let him pull up his location, and date for proof. ........i2f
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Oh, it’s THAT Ronnie. I seem to recall that he was the guy who had more video cameras than emergency tillers or rudders. I also recall some tyro trying to equate this guy to Skip Allen… Hmmm… I wonder what that tyro is thinking about that subject today? I went over to the SSS website and pulled Ronnie’s Bio. Apparently, his brush with a little weather has turned into a full blown hurricane! Too bad that the SHTP doesn’t have the same tracking devices and communications protocol to track this guy to Hawaii. Pac Cup on the other hand updates positions constantly and you can track the boats on the website and many of them post blog entries through their modems.

Here is his Bio:

“A bit more than two years ago, I was lost in life and pretty much traded my old life for one on and around sailboats. I purchased a cruising boat and took off for Hawaii, only to sustain damage in a hurricane and require assistance. Ending up in San Diego, California. My old boat may be gone, but my dream of single handing across the Pacific is stronger than it has ever been. Upon returning to the States last year, I bought a Cal 25 and began preparing it for the SHTP, only to be offered a friend's boat to race, to benefit combat-wounded Veterans of the US Armed Forces. As a combat-wounded Iraq veteran, this is a cause I truly believe in. After spending two months in North Carolina preparing the boat, we trailered it out to Alameda so that I could spend four months preparing to race to Hawaii, while doing work for the wounded veteran non-profit "Hope for the Warriors". “
That's him. And yeah, I was the tyro that compared him to Skip Allan - only from the standpoint of them having the same end result. Different argument at that point. And I was right...what can I say? Heh-heh.

Hurricane? Nice flourish of storytelling! When JerryL sailed with me last weekend he reminded me of the difference between sailing stories and fairy tales...

Anyway, I'd like to see him make it. Otherwise I2F is gonna bust his nuts.

PS - remember, Skip's nightmare happened on the way BACK. Winning's only half the battle.
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Ronnie certainly can spin a sea story in his Bio. The local news had a segment on the SHTP with Ronnie and his (borrowed) sled figured pretty prominently. From the it’s a small world department: Skip has been pretty active on the SSS bulletin board and has been providing some weather routing. It seems that we are caught between an el Nino and la Ninia event so the preferred course is predicted to be a Rhumb Line one, but with moderate winds (trades to be no more than in the mid teens). That means Ronnie shouldn’t see anything more than the mid twenties when he is in the squalls (I’m half expecting him to spin these winds too). But, to give the fellow credit, he did have to do a 400NM qualifying race and his boat has to pass a pre-race inspection today. There is a 79 year old retired army general doing this race too and he and Ronnie (marine) have a little side wager going on for who will be first to finish on corrected. The old guy’s secret weapon is the fact that he has made 18 single handed crossings to Hawaii, 10 of them in this race! Seems that he likes to take his boat over to each summer and bring her back to Cali each fall.
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The old guy’s secret weapon is the fact that he has made 18 single handed crossings to Hawaii, 10 of them in this race! Seems that he likes to take his boat over to Hawaii each summer and bring her back to Cali each fall.
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Is that Roper you're talking about GB? This will be fun to watch!
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Position reports for all the guys can be seen here. 2010 SHTP - Position Reports
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Hey cool! Thanks dude!
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Hey! He's actually running with the pack! Hang tough Ronnie!
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