Nawww.. the pirates would tie her to the mast and skilfully cut away
her clothing, bit-by-bit while their parrots would scream
"ARRRRRGGHHHHH" and they'd lift up their eye-patches and stare her in
the eyes as one of them lifts up her chin with his hook, drooling..
just then......<<<carrier lost>>>>
Tania Aebi circumnavigated in a smaller boat starting at 18. And she did
have parents--they gave her the choice--sail this boat around the world, go
to college, or we're cutting you off. She took the boat. Why they offered
her that particular choice I have no idea. Was a good one though--she got a
lot of life experience, a writing career, a husband, a cat, and a Hell of a
tan out of it. However officially it didn't count as a solo
circumnavigation because she gave somebody a ride between two islands
somewhere in the depths of the Pacific. She had no prior sailing experience
to speak of.
Robin Lee Graham started his circumnavigation at 16 in a 24 foot boat and
traded it for a 33 footer along the way.
Right now there's another 16 year old girl halfway around on a
Abby is sailing an Open 40, which is purpose-designed for singlehanded
circumnavigation, which puts her well ahead of Tania and Robin at the start.
And her parents seem to be behind her 100 percent on this.
My view is that she's lucky to be able to get that particular bug out of her
system at an early age, and no matter what she goes into it's going to look
damned good on her resume.
On 1/14/2010 5:19 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Just another example of what would otherwise be a noble adventure of
personal achievement in the privacy of the open ocean, cheapened by the
blogging, hype, and orchestrated media involvement into nothing more
than a publicity stunt for milking "pop culture" of the perceived
rewards of '15 minutes of fame' ... barely half a peg higher than the
Here is how a few of us see this adventure...
CRACKEY! That particular alligator resting on the bank of this pond is the
most dangerous in the world! And this one is older and therefore wiser, he
had to be to have survived this long. His temperament is very
unpredictable and at any moment he could strike out at me with the force and
speed of a raging locomotive and I would have little chance of escape.
I'm going to I will poke it with this short stick!
Ohhhhhhhh... that sting ray just stabbed me in my heart with his barb....
Well Mate, lets plan a world adventure on the high seas. Lets plan the
trip to do it alone as to gain recognition. Lets do it with out a motor so
that we will be at the mercy of the sea. Although the trip will lead to
some of the oceans most dangerous regions, this will only add to the hype
and excitement that will be generated. Fans will watch with excitement like
NASCAR fans do. When will there be a wreck or when will there be a storm???
The excitement and unforeseen elements will be too numerous to count. We
will be at natures mercy.
Lets let our 16 year old daughter make the journey.
Ohhhhhhh.... We prey she fairs well and with out harm.
I suspect that if it is an American, USA, child that dies, the sponsors,
boat builder, electronics suppliers, and government will be held
responsible by the parents attorney. And with the current governemet
administration, sailing will be out lawed all together. ;~)
I know nothing of power on a sailboat.
The backpackers now have some super filtering divices for water. I beleive
they use ceramic filters. Iunderstand that themilitaryhave these too. They
filter out everything. Any way that something like this could be adapted to
Also, couldn't some solar panels and a little wind device be used to charge
Also, if you were sailing around the world, wouldn't you catch some fish to
eat now and then? And would you have a way to cook it?
No. You have to remove dissolved salt, which filters cannot do.
Only if you're becalmed. Abby isn't sailing your father's cruiser. An Open
40 can sustain 10 knots and hit 20 when she's got enough wind to drive her.
Catching fish at that speed would be quite an adventure.
On Fri, 15 Jan 2010 22:54:25 -0500, the infamous "Lee Michaels"
You bet. Dad and I traveled (flew) to Puerto Vallarta in '84, we took
the ferry over to La Paz, and found out that the water was drinkable
there. No trots! The entire city was served by a huge desalination
The bay, OTOH, was a filthy, stinking sewer. They didn't treat sewage
and the city sewer outlets flowed directly into the bay. It was
I went snorkeling 13 miles down the road in pristine, crystal-clear
water at Pichilingue Beach. When I reached down for a piece of broken
coral, I couldn't pick it up. I then kicked for it and missed. When I
dove for it, I found that what looked like it was within reach was
actually over ten feet down! Amazing!
Anyway, they have reverse osmosis machines in all sizes, for hikers,
sailors, and cities.
Ayup. Or pedal powered generators to charge battery banks?
Ayup, and only if you didn't want to eat it raw, respectively.
Anyone else read _Life of Pi_? An eastern Indian boy is trapped on a
lifeboat with a bengal tiger for 133 days. Fun story. It was
primarily fiction, but the author mentioned fish behavior in it.
The greatest fine art of the future will be the making
of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.
===============================Basic problem with salt water is the salt.
R/O development for almost all applications are under constant
The biggest problem to overcome is the huge amount of power required
to get clean water because of the high pressure membranes used.
===============================> Also, couldn't some solar panels and a little wind device be used to
===========================Very common and as development continues, marine solar panels are
finding an ever bigger market.
Cost and required space are the limiting factors.
Wind mills have been around for years, but they have some problems.
Physically you have to mount them someplace away from people and they
require 15-20 knots of wind to produce any real power.
===============================> Also, if you were sailing around the world, wouldn't you catch some
==============================Fishing for food is rather straight forward.
A couple of hundred feet of clothes line, 10-20 ft of steel leader,
some surgical tubing and some jigs and some down weights.
Definitely keep a pair of gloves handy.
Trail the rig.
When you catch something, keep going for 15-20 minutes to drown the
critter, then a gaff and a baseball bat to finish the deed.
You eat a lot of fish for a couple of days, but without a reefer,
Propane stoves take care of cooking, dehydrated food solves the need
for a reefer.
Abby is scheduled to leave tomorrow; however, we have a series of
winter storms headed into SoCal which will put the winds on her nose
and build the waves again on the nose.
May have to wait until next week end.
She at the mercy of mother nature.
Murphy's third law: Mother Nature is a BITCH.
Actually I was yanking Lew's chain a bit. Forgive me Lew...;~)
I have not been on sailboats much but am aware of that the bigger ons
somethmes come with... Grew up 3 miles from salt water and have always live
within 60 miles of the salt water. It is hard to miss seeing the boats.
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