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10-16-2012 03:34 PM
smackdaddy
Re: Ronnie Simpson Giving It Another Go

Check out who Ronnie is sailing with these days...

Open Blue Horizon - September 22, 2012- Newport, RI

I'd say Conner, Jobson, and Turner are pretty good mentors. Wow.
01-21-2011 06:06 PM
chall03 Wow. So yeah you do seriously consider that he was adequately prepared and experienced for the voyage.

The ocean appeared to disagree with you and him and the ocean is really the only opinion that does matter.

The reasons why he was 'idiotic' have been thrashed out a thousand times in this thread and I won't attempt to go into the differences here between his approach and the bumfuzzles.

I coincidentally haven't spend 10 years under a master mariner and have a modest boat limited experience and fairly large ambitions, however no one has had to risk their life in the middle of the ocean yet to rescue my sorry ass.

I believe in and live my signature every day I feel no need to prove it to you however.
01-21-2011 10:08 AM
GBurton
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Bullshite.

If he didn't set out to be a 'hero' then why the website, the publicity push, the planned Documentrary....and as SD said timing his departure with the evening news??

That he DID set out to be a hero is the ONLY reason or basis that I feel we do have the right to criticize.......he wasn't a kid who quietly decided to sail off.......HE put himself in the public light.....he asked for and chased the publicity and well he got it.

Would you consider his attempted circumnavigation and level of preparation to not be idiotic???

Greg.... maybe you should look up the definition of enigma.
That I would like to have a beer with him and consider him both determined, interesting and also idiotic is what makes him enigmatic.

If the crime is having a website then you are going to have to reevaluate what you judge people on....there are literally thousands of travel blogs and websites out there. As for timing his departure to coincide with the evening news, could you post proof of this please?
Leaving with a level of preparation that is "idiotic"? That really is a good one.
You are going to have to call the Bumfuzzles idiots as well then. And anyone who goes for a sail without classes, all safety gear possible and 10 years of learning under a master mariner. Perhaps this could be you too?

edit: and irony of ironies, look at your signature ROTFLMAO
01-21-2011 01:34 AM
chall03
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I think the reason some of us go a little bit further to "defend" Ronnie is because of posts like the one above. Ronnie never set out to be a "hero" and I don't think he regards himself as such. Hes just a kid who decided to get out there and live his life to the max. You call him an idiot then say you would like to have a beer with him? And slap him?
Give yourself an uppercut
Bullshite.

If he didn't set out to be a 'hero' then why the website, the publicity push, the planned Documentrary....and as SD said timing his departure with the evening news??

That he DID set out to be a hero is the ONLY reason or basis that I feel we do have the right to criticize.......he wasn't a kid who quietly decided to sail off.......HE put himself in the public light.....he asked for and chased the publicity and well he got it.

Would you consider his attempted circumnavigation and level of preparation to not be idiotic???

Greg.... maybe you should look up the definition of enigma.
That I would like to have a beer with him and consider him both determined, interesting and also idiotic is what makes him enigmatic.
01-20-2011 06:39 PM
RTB Man, I try to stay out of "Ronnie" threads these days...but I'm a sucker like many others.

I can tell you that he was a maniac on 2 wheels when he came to work at the motorcycle shop in San Antonio, where I was working at the time. I recall one meeting morning - he comes rolling in at the last minute, still in his leather jacket and helmet on. I can hear the girl at the switchboard paging the sales manager. Turns out, a really pissed off guy followed Ronnie to the dealership, and was looking for trouble.

Another time, on one of the rides sponsored by our store, Ronnie is on his DRZ 400SM, passing the rest of us on the shoulder of Hwy 16, riding a wheelie for miles.

Well, there are many more stories - many involve Ronnie all trashed or in a cast from his latest motorcycle "accident"...

The cool thing is that he found sailing. It was such an odd desire (to sail around the world) coming from him, I thought. Also cool, is that he has stuck with it, even after his first sailboat crash, which cost him his boat on the Pacific, and pretty much everything he owned at the time. Then to complete the SHTP within 2 years....I just have to give him some credit. It took balls to head out the Gate, and he NEVER gave up sailing to Hawaii.

Now he wants to sail the Vendee Globe in 2020. That is setting the bar up a notch. Will he do it, if given the chance? You bet! How many here, if given the boat and expenses paid, would have the balls to do the Vendee Globe?

BTW, if you notice, Ronnie doesn't start the threads about him here or anywhere else. He may show up occasionally to defend himself, but that's about it.

Ralph
01-20-2011 03:56 PM
GBurton
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Originally Posted by SlowButSteady View Post
Come on guys. Give the kid a break. He did make some mistakes in his first big sailing misadventure. But, he seems to have learned from those mistakes. He completed a SHTP, and nursed a very badly damaged boat (as in, "WTF happened to the keel!!!") across a whole lot of open ocean on the return trip. Why don't you just let the guy be, and stop sounding like whining armchair wannabes. Unless any of you have managed to pull off what he did last summer, without having made some seriously embarrassing mistakes along the way.
yep +1
01-20-2011 03:54 PM
GBurton
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Originally Posted by chall03 View Post
Smack and hyperbole???



Never........ Surely not!

Hey my honest take on Ronnie is that he really is somewhat of an Enigma.....you just don't know what to make of the guy......

I don't think you can just dismiss him as a fool.....If you start with his 'life journey' and war service and think about what he went through as a young man and then consider the balls required to pick yourself up after that and to try to sail around the world.......then the additional balls required to keep going on a bike for the hell of it......and the balls to get back to the US and to consider hoping on a boat again.....well I think you gotta stop and give the guy some credit.

At the same time the 'hero' tag just doesn't fit this kid........to try and hang it around his neck does him a disservice. He clearly is not someone we should all be learning from.......he is an idiot.

There is my dilemma......

Maybe he is someone just out there living his life spectacularly??
Trying to figure it out as he does that and piece it all together. I would love to meet him, to have a beer and a bit of a chat. I reckon I would probably like him but also wish very much to slap him
I think the reason some of us go a little bit further to "defend" Ronnie is because of posts like the one above. Ronnie never set out to be a "hero" and I don't think he regards himself as such. Hes just a kid who decided to get out there and live his life to the max. You call him an idiot then say you would like to have a beer with him? And slap him?
Give yourself an uppercut
01-20-2011 12:08 PM
SlowButSteady Come on guys. Give the kid a break. He did make some mistakes in his first big sailing misadventure. But, he seems to have learned from those mistakes. He completed a SHTP, and nursed a very badly damaged boat (as in, "WTF happened to the keel!!!") across a whole lot of open ocean on the return trip. Why don't you just let the guy be, and stop sounding like whining armchair wannabes. Unless any of you have managed to pull off what he did last summer, without having made some seriously embarrassing mistakes along the way.
01-20-2011 11:46 AM
sailingdog I notice how the article glossed over the fact that Ronnie chose to buy HD Video equipment and timed his departure to make the evening news, rather than get a very old boat properly surveyed. It also fails to mention that he set out into what was pretty much a well forecasted storm that eventually developed into a hurricane, and all but ignores the fact that the forces that he encountered were barely gale strength...nowhere near hurricane strength at all, as CP pointed out.

Both of these points would qualify as BFS—Being F****** Stupid...
01-20-2011 10:51 AM
bubb2 Ronnie is into self promotion much like P. T. Barmum. Much like P. T. Barnum, Ronnie puts on a hell of a show.
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