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Re: Sailing La Vegabond
I’ve actually read the entire thread and it was enlightening for me. I didn’t know much of the background.
There is another aspect to the story though I believe, imho, and it’s about the trench coat puppetmaster Cornell arranging it for the publicity benefit of Outremer. I wonder what his cut was in it all. His first choice backed out which isn’t a surprise, so he went with the alternative, Riley and co., to get the job done on an Outremer.
Personally, I think that it was rude (understatement) of Cornell to stealthy pressure them into the trip. I think that he was playing with their lives. I wonder what sweet package he offered Riley. I’d like to hear about it.
Riley at first resisted. Sure, why stick your neck out when they’ve over 1mil of viewers and making enough money to do what they want with little risk. Cornell knew that suggesting an experienced captain/crew member was needed so the best would be a non-threat to Riley’s ego..i.e. a young woman (she’s no slouch for sure, but certainly not a brute of an old salt that could quickly piss off someone with the time frame they had to do this run within thus ruining the entire Outremer publicity stunt). She was a perfect choice. No damaged egos.
Even Robin Knox-Johnston put it out there too, “Greta couldn’t be in better hands than Nikki’s”. In other words, Riley is an idiot and not really qualified to do the trip in question.
This whole saga has rightfully fired up many people in the sailing community because prudence and smart seamanship dictates to not tackle that trip in November (off season) with a timeframe and an unknown crew attached to it. Unknown crew are a scary lot to sail with. People change at sea. Been there, done that. No thank you. Never again.
I wonder what Cornell would of said if the trip ended with a completely different outcome (not arriving or imparting a huge rescue operation).
“Oops, sorry”, isn’t an answer.
You're only as young as the girl you feel - George Burns.
Last edited by Andrew65; 12-07-2019 at 02:14 PM.