Actually, only a few of the "ropes" on a boat are called ropes.
Ropes or wires that hold up masts are collectively known as standing
rigging and are called shrouds or stays (the stay connecting the top
of the mast to the bow is called the forestay or headstay).
Ropes or wires that control the sails are known collectively as
running rigging. Those that raise and lower sails are called halyards.
Ropes that adjust (trim) the sails are called sheets. These are often
referred to using the name of the sail they control (eg. "main sheet",
or "jib sheet").
Ropes used to tie the boat up when alongside are called docklines.
There are some ropes: A few examples, the bell rope (to ring the
bell), a bolt rope (attached to the edge of a sail for extra
strength), a foot rope (on old square riggers for the sailors to stand
on while reefing or furling the sails), and a tiller rope (to
temporarily hold the tiller and keep the boat on course).
Fine, let's see you make a knot in 7x19 wire rope.
Fine, let's see you make a knot in 7x19 wire rope. Obviously, you know zero
It isn't the age so much as the (probable) lack of experience. For
1. To/from Catalina with others.
2. Crusing off shore to/from La Paz with others
3. To/from Hawaii with others.
3. All the above single handed.
Experience (and common sense) really *does* count. I recall a fellow years
ago that was - IIRC - near Ecuador. He dropped and broke his sextant. They
found him nine months - *NINE MONTHS* - later out in the middle of the
Pacific. He was still alive, subsisted on rain water and (mostly) plants
and critters that grow on the bottom of boats. He had no idea where he was.
If he had any experience and the sense that god gave geese he would have
known that you can sail downhill most anywhere in the world and hit land.
I'm not so sure. Kids are exposted to many more situation than we were as
kids, but being around a lot of technology and perhaps more experiences does
not always make them more mature. Typical teenager has more possisions than
we had, may have been to Disney World, has a cellphone, has a Facebook page,
but that does not make them any better equipped to make serious decisions
about their life.
On Thu, 14 Jan 2010 11:06:17 -0500, the infamous "J. Clarke"
I'm with you, J. It shows how much the parents trust her and how
intelligent they believe she is. It's surely a character builder. But
that's not what the Nanny State wants. <shrug>
OTOH, if (Somali!) pirates do get her, the parents will be _crucified_
in the media.
The greatest fine art of the future will be the making
of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.
And why would Somali pirates be operating 2500 miles from Somalia anyway.
Seems an awful long way to go to nab a teenager in a small sailboat--they'd
have to pass up an awful lot of more profitable freighters and tankers to
But if they did we might very well know about it--wouldn't put it past her
to set up a live feed.
You do realize..for God's sake I hope you realize, that to "G o A r o u n
d T h e W o r l d" it requires a voyage through several oceans.....
I can't teach you every thing....that should have "your" parents
No, it doesn't. You don't even know what these girls are planning, do you?
This isn't going to be one of those deals where they sail to some place and
hang out for a while and sail somewhere else and hang out for a while.
They're both hitting the Antarctic Ocean (also called the "Southern Ocean"
and several other names) as fast as they can, then staying there for the
major part of their voyage, then returning home. Jessica Watson has it
easy--she starts there and finishes there. Abby Sunderland has to take a
long run down the Pacific first, then back north on the return, so her route
is longer. But both are going to be way the Hell out in the middle of an
empty ocean for almost their entire voyages.
You would know this if you had actually LEARNED SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT THEY
WERE PLANNING instead of starting in right away with the ignorant criticism.
You don't have anything to teach a retarded bullfrog.
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