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Let hear for simple seaworthy boats making notable voyages

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And he did on one of my favorite small boats.

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Re: Let hear for simple seaworthy boats maing notable voyages

That's an amazing feat indeed... the poor old girl looks a little (lot?) worse for wear, though, doesn't she? No wonder she was slowed as of late looking at the growth.

There's no real shortage of such feats, though mostly on a smaller scale.

Trekka round the world, John Guzzwell, 21 foot homebuilt

Webb Chiles' near circumnavigation on an open Drascombe lugger (17/18 feet)

Bligh's trip post Mutiny on the Bounty

Shackletons's sail to South Georgia (followed by an arduous overland hikle) to seek rescue of his stranded Antarctica crew.

Historically the Polynesians' long voyages in open outriggers

And no doubt a host of unsung, unpublicized heroes before the days of instant communication and information.

Our little boating club, at its formation in 1965, had 3-4 couples voyaging across oceans in boats in the 24-28 foot range - pre Satnav, gps, etc.

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Re: Let hear for simple seaworthy boats maing notable voyages

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Shackleton's sail to South Georgia (followed by an arduous overland hikle) to seek rescue of his stranded Antarctica crew
I think Shackleton's trip is the single most superhuman feat that has ever been accomplished. How they survived hypothermia is beyond me. When you see the mountains of South Georgia and realize they had to climb over them, just to "finish off" the trip - It makes Ironman Triathlons look like a stroll in the park.

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