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Canadian Olympian's trans-Atlantic trip suffers 'catastrophic capsize'

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Canadian Olympian's trans-Atlantic trip suffers 'catastrophic capsize'

Glad they're all okay.
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Re: Canadian Olympian's trans-Atlantic trip suffers 'catastrophic capsize'

Spooner said he was told a large wave overtook the boat and it was unable to right itself as designed.

I hate when that happens

I guess that somebody screw up: the designer or the ones that charged the boat or both. On such a light boat I bet the provisions needed to make the voyage have a big influence on the boat stability, depending how they are stored.
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Re: Canadian Olympian's trans-Atlantic trip suffers 'catastrophic capsize'

To me that boat dose not look like anything I would try to cross an ocean in. Glad they were rescued.
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Re: Canadian Olympian's trans-Atlantic trip suffers 'catastrophic capsize'

A fair number of folks do this. We were anchored in English Harbour, Antigua when the winner of a trans-Atlantic race came in after something like 54 days, which was considered an exceptional time. He even beat all the pair boats by several days. Didn't look much the worse for wear although his body fat level looked pretty low. Seemed to really enjoy his first beer.

Here is a link to the story of a British woman who has rowed across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Having sailed across two of these, which mostly involved sitting on my butt reading and enjoying the scenery i am in awe. She was a management consultant and investment banker before deciding that she wanted more in her life than just making money.

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Re: Canadian Olympian's trans-Atlantic trip suffers 'catastrophic capsize'

I find it interesting that by their reckoning they were 7 days from Miami, just north of PR. I guess if you are an Olympic rower, 1000 miles in 7 days is possible? NOT!
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Re: Canadian Olympian's trans-Atlantic trip suffers 'catastrophic capsize'

Why row if you can sail? To prove a point it can be done? To gain recognition?
Makes no sense to me...
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Re: Canadian Olympian's trans-Atlantic trip suffers 'catastrophic capsize'

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Why row if you can sail? To prove a point it can be done? To gain recognition?
Makes no sense to me...
I agree. Kind of a silly-ass stunt akin to flag-pole sitting that serves no useful purpose what-so-ever other than enabling one to say one's done it, if so.
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Re: Canadian Olympian's trans-Atlantic trip suffers 'catastrophic capsize'

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Why row if you can sail? To prove a point it can be done? To gain recognition?
Makes no sense to me...
Why sail if you can fly?
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Why sail if you can fly?
If we are talking about spending long time on the ocean, sailing beats rowing any time and all the time... and mind you, I spend more time on my kayak and my SuP board than I sail, so I'm not really biased against rowing.
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Re: Canadian Olympian's trans-Atlantic trip suffers 'catastrophic capsize'

i think that they are tougher than I am...

Glad they are safe
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