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smackdaddy 06-16-2010 09:27 PM

Ronnie Simpson Giving It Another Go
 
Well, he's been crewing, racing, practicing and preparing. And he's 3 days from starting the Singlehanded TransPac on a Jutson 30.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...swishfront.jpg
(PO at the helm)

Good luck Ronnie. It's great you're getting another shot.

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Bring it home brother. And stay safe. We'll be watching.

sailingdog 06-17-2010 07:06 AM

Well, at least this boat has been inspected recently and is probably better maintained than his first one. :D

imagine2frolic 06-17-2010 07:39 AM

In his video he is more worried about camera angles than his life. He's running up the deck to check the camera with no harness while the boat is scooting along. The water is in the low 50's, and he's taking chances.

He thinks 35 knots of wind is howling, and felt pushed when the owner had him put the chute up in 25 knots, and then do it again after he suggested calling it a day. I posted at stuffers that sometimes ignorance is bliss, and I believe he;s still got his head in the sand. I wish him the best, but I woinder if he's really prepared for this?......i2f

smackdaddy 06-17-2010 08:49 AM

Man I hope so. I'd sure like to see him make it this time. But who knows?

It will be interesting to watch.

PS = Ronnie, dude, make the footage secondary to getting there...will ya?

Jeff_H 06-17-2010 08:57 AM

Is this the same guy who bought the old Rhodes a few years ago and took off transoceanic without a survey only sink and be rescued a few days out?

Jeff

wind_magic 06-17-2010 09:23 AM

He'd have a better chance if he wasn't hauling that buoy around in the back of his boat.

j/k

Good luck Ronnie! :D

sailingdog 06-17-2010 09:26 AM

Didn't sink IIRC. Lost his steering since the rudder quadrant sheered the key or something like that... the rudder stock and rudder were intact and he didn't have an emergency rudder.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeff_H (Post 614142)
Is this the same guy who bought the old Rhodes a few years ago and took off transoceanic without a survey only sink and be rescued a few days out?

Jeff


smackdaddy 06-17-2010 12:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wind_magic (Post 614149)
He'd have a better chance if he wasn't hauling that buoy around in the back of his boat.

j/k

Good luck Ronnie! :D

I thought that was a JSD.

GeorgeB 06-17-2010 12:35 PM

Smack,

Who is this Ronnie guy and why should I care? (Other than he is currently berthed in my marina).

The boat to watch is “Por Favour”, racing in this year’s Pac Cup. It is crewed by four Canadians from Vancouver Island</ST1:p and will be quite competitive in a really tough division. They made it across during this spring’s Southern Straits race without any battle damage (ultimately diverting to Nanaimo)</ST1:p. Imagine 2,200 NM in a boat weighing under 5,000 pounds. And no flush plumbing!

smackdaddy 06-17-2010 01:07 PM

Holy crap...ping over the side! If they were able to survive the SS race without busting something, they've got skillz.

Back in the day Cam started a thread about Ronnie when he was EPRIBed out of his first try to make it to Hawaii (didn't have much knowledge, had an old, beat up boat, lost a rudder post, etc.). He faced the heat from that pretty well, and vowed to learn and try again.

That latter part is why I wish the guy well. He was pretty honest about his screw-ups and seems to really be trying to do right this time. I can respect that.


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