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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.


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

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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!
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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.

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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!
I thought that was a JSD.
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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 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). Imagine 2,200 NM in a boat weighing under 5,000 pounds. And no flush plumbing!
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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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