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Alaska to Russia in a dinghy

This guy is a character. Sailed across the Bering Sea in an 8 foot dinghy in an attempt to reunite with his wife in China. But he landed in Russia and got deported back to Alaska. Seems God looks over drunks and fools.

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Last I heard he was in detention in Russia. It would have been closer for them to send him to see his wife in China. Or maybe she didn't want him? Should we be glad to have him back?
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Wow! Two weeks in a Walker Bay dinghy on a very cold and rough part of the ocean. People are amazing.
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Wow! Two weeks in a Walker Bay dinghy on a very cold and rough part of the ocean. People are amazing.
A homeless activist in Anchorage. Maybe a summer sail in a dinghy was a nice vacation. A Russian Gulag "At least I have a roof over my head".

Meanwhile in China two people are thinking, "whoo that was close, he almost made it here."

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I just have a lot of respect for people who are crazier than me. As in: the crazy in me salutes the crazy in you. And lets be honest, that was not an easy task. BFS candidate for sure. We can belittle the guy from our perspective, or we can appreciate what we find worthy of respect.
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If I were the head of Walker Bay's marketing department I don't know whether I'd be thrilled or terrified.
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Re: Alaska to Russia in a dinghy

i gotta say sailing a wb8 is an accomplishment and sailing one across bering sea is amazing ... is a nutball accomplishment but he did it. gotta say good work.
too bad he didnot get to his destination, now he has to find another dinghy...mebbe a larger wb10, as there is almost enough room for sleeping in the 10..........
in the run what ye brung department he dun gud.
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I just have a lot of respect for people who are crazier than me. As in: the crazy in me salutes the crazy in you. And lets be honest, that was not an easy task. BFS candidate for sure. We can belittle the guy from our perspective, or we can appreciate what we find worthy of respect.

I guess I disparaged him in my OP, but in truth I share you sentiment. Maybe not “a lot” of respect, but some.
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Wow, quite the back story on his website.

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Re: Alaska to Russia in a dinghy

With his luck, this guy should have sold the Walker Bay and bought a lotto ticket or two! Then he could have made the trip on a really nice boat, had his passport and the proper visas in hand, and sailed right to his destination, to be happily reunited with his family.
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