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Would you take a Gemini on the Caribbean1500

Simple question, maybe a harder answer. I know that the Slapdash did a RTW but still most folks consider the Gemini a coastal cruiser. With that being said, if you consider it a coastal cruiser, would you take it on the Caribben1500 since it is somewhat on the big blue?
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Re: Would you take a Gemini on the Caribbean1500

You will want to read and understand the requirements for the 1500 that you want to participate in...many have very specific, non-negotiable requirements as to equipment, safety and such. They used to have a 35' minimum, not sure about current. Te equipment list is quite expensive, if you do not have the mandatory gear already.

Although I like the Gemini, a LOT, it may not meet the requirements the organizer requires...

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The 35' minimum LOA is still in effect for this year.

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Re: Would you take a Gemini on the Caribbean1500

We did not go in the 1500 but left the same day to go to St Thomas a few years ago. Since them we have sailed about 25,000 nm, mostly offshore in the Pacific. The roughest extended period of tough weather was the first 800+ miles of the 1500 route. We were close reaching in 25 to 40 knots with seas to match for that time and took a pounding. I really appreciated the sheer mass (almost 20 tonnes) of Ainia in those conditions. I imagine with a much smaller, lighter boat you could take it very easy (we were doing days up to 200 miles) and hope the wind abated - it didn't, it got stronger and later boats had to seek shelter in Bermuda) and sat there for two weeks waiting for nicer conditions. I wouldn't recommend it, even though some years the only question is what to to when the fuel runs out.

Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).
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Re: Would you take a Gemini on the Caribbean1500

As with any given ocean passage, you will hear stories of shear horror and stories of pure ease. Mother nature is like that. Ironically, I believe with any organized trip like the C1500, you actually have less control over which you will get. The organizers decide when you will launch and they have done so in tough conditions. I'm not saying they made the wrong call, only that many ocean passages are done in tough conditions, while attempting to avoid worse. You have the right not to go, if conditions aren't good enough, but after you've paid your fee and spent the week prepping, briefing and attending the pre-launch party, its much less likely you would volunteer to hang back. You need a boat that can accommodate your own decision making.


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