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The thing that always bugged me about it was that it was so...earnest.

The need to "show the world something deeper and more mystical" sucked the adventure and fun right out of it...especially because the deep and mystical being revealed was just plain bat-shat crazy. To me, it was nothing more than self-imposed, somewhat-comfortable, slow-motion exile. And where's the fun in that?

Reid is exactly why I never party with ascetics.
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Agree with all. However, it seems to me that on first blush, a lot of recent amazing sailing stories came across as if the sailors had alterior motives, or were just not doing justice to the sport, or something. Then when all the hype died down it turns out they had some good stories (Matt Rutherford, Ronnie Simpson).
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Agree with all. However, it seems to me that on first blush, a lot of recent amazing sailing stories came across as if the sailors had alterior motives, or were just not doing justice to the sport, or something. Then when all the hype died down it turns out they had some good stories (Matt Rutherford, Ronnie Simpson).
+1 on Ronnie Simpson. I'm a huge fan of that guy. In his case - it was all about perseverance in that face of huge criticism. And look where it got him.

I'll have to look into Matt. I don't know his story.


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I'm okay with bat-sh1t crazy.

It's boring, humourless, bat-sh1t crazy that is unappealing.

Like being a prepper.
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I'm okay with bat-sh1t crazy.

It's boring, humourless, bat-sh1t crazy that is unappealing.

Like being a prepper.
That's true. Moitessier was the perfect example of the fascinating sailing ascetic. But I think it was because he didn't give a damn about "teaching the world" anything. He was just plain crazy and fun - and elusive.



Okay, I'd definitely party with him. Look at that mongo hooka beside him. Holy cow!
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we were pretty hard on him over at SA throughout, with a dedication by some that bordered on unhealthy.

But that said, Reid was a self-promoter and "loud weird" (just as is the song), and it seemed we could stand either but not both. he didn't help his cause by failing to notice until afterwards a Maersk containership a few nights out of New York that took his bowsprit , and by taking the poor unsuspecting and non-sailing Soanya along and treating her seasickness by getting her pregnant, necessitating her debarking off South Africa.

And the ANN was a cement dog, even more so without headsails, making 2 knots around much of the world. I give him credit for endurance and not cracking up mentally much worse than when he started, but there weren't too many seamanship lessons enroute, at least not good ones, other than how to mend sails for three years.

Is it an interesting story? Potentially. But not so far, at least to most sailors who followed it. Humble and self-effacing, he's not. Nothing wrong with that, but I'd have liked him better if he were (e.g. Matt Rutherford on the Albin Vega around the western hemisphere).
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Reid is certainly different. I don't share his mysticism, my interactions with Jesus and the Buddha are very limited.
He seemed genuinely perplexed as to why the public is not more accepting of him.
I hope he finds a new niche. He has a little boy to take care of.
He wife seems genuinely in charge of her own life and they shared about equally the slide show narrative.
In some ways it seems like the world has moved on and passed him by. He seems more like a 60's guru. I wish him well.

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After spending quite a bit of time with Bernard Moitessier in the SoPac in the 70's, I'm not so sure he was that crazy, just French!
He, like many of us who sail today, did not have much affection for modern society or it's rules. But he was one hell of a sailor and Joshua was a no nonsense, go anywhere boat, if lacking many of the creature comforts many of us, myself included, like to have on our cruising boats today.
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The thing that always bugged me about it was that it was so...earnest.

The need to "show the world something deeper and more mystical" sucked the adventure and fun right out of it...especially because the deep and mystical being revealed was just plain bat-shat crazy. To me, it was nothing more than self-imposed, somewhat-comfortable, slow-motion exile. And where's the fun in that?

Reid is exactly why I never party with ascetics.
This is right on. If the fellow had a hint of a sense of humor about himself I would have been much more interested in reading his musings.
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