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January 23, 2008

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tillerman

In 1969 a man sailed around the world non-stop single-handed in 313 days and another man set foot on the moon.

In 2008 a man sailed around the world non-stop single-handed in 54 days and space travel has advanced to the point where... oh, never mind.

JP

Yup, Joyon's voyage and boat were amazing and you can only wonder what next - hydrofoiling like a moth maybe?

Pretty scary picture of those waves breaking over Suhaili

Peter McGrath

RKJ's book is one of my all-time faves. I like his way of dealing with storms once the conditions got beyong sailing: all sails off, washboards in, get snug below and 'consult the level' of his whisky or brandy.

On his return he was looking at by a head doctor and pronounced 'distressingly normal' (or words to that effect).

rl@rodlawson.com

Another view since I don't see the comparison - RKJ's boat was bought for a very small sum and is the type of boat which can be built by a person with traditional boatbuilding skills using natural products - wood. RKJ navigated the ocean using a sextant and chronometer. His motives were not for financial gain (he gave away the prize money to Crowhurst's family) and it was truly a solo effort.
The other, is a major corporate undertaking costing millions, reliant on teams of people working around the clock (weather routers, advisors blah blah blah), using artificial products, electronics and all types of whiz bang unreliable gadgetry. Have we really achieved much? I know which adventure I'd rather read about.

Eric Webster

I am sorry, but I find your article factually misleading....

1. "OK, RKJ's Suhaili was probably the slowest boat to compete. Moitessier's steel machine Joshua would have overtaken RKJ if he'd stayed in the race."

It has been shown MANY times, that Moitessier had almost NO chance of catching RKJ and Suhaili on the homeward voyage. Moitessier admitted as much to RKJ serveral times. It was reported publicly.

2. "Suhaili was (is actually as it's at the National Maritime Museum-Cornwall) a 14 ton teak-hulled Bermuda ketch built in Bombay. Technically her dimensions are 32 ft long and 11.5 ft abeam, but she is really 44ft long as she has a large bowsprit. She was built in 1923 based on the lines of a Norwegian sailing ketch."

I think I know what you are TRYING to say here. Yes, "Eric", the boat that Suhaili was based on was built in 1923. But your statement leads people to think that Suhaili was built in 1923. Incorrect. Suhaili was built in Bombay, India in 1964/1965.

3. " Robin Knox-Johnson bought the best boat he could afford that he felt would make it round the world safely."

Again, Incorrect. RKJ and two other young merchant seamen had Suhaili BUILT for them. The idea was to sail the boat back to the UK (from India) and sell it at a profit, as it was cheap to build a wooden yacht in India in the early 1960's. The idea to sail around the world did not even occur to RKJ until after he had sailed Suhaili back to the UK (and long after he had bought the other two out of the project).

4. "In storm conditions, RKJ, trawled drogues, chains, well just about anything he could to slow the boat in the big waves."

Again, very misleading. RKJ did tow a full 600', 2" rope behind him as his heavy ketch ran before the wind. I have NEVER heard that he towed drogues, chains, or anything else. RKJ has certainly never stated that. Please, can you cite a source for this inside information?

5. From the comments....

"Another view since I don't see the comparison - RKJ's boat was bought for a very small sum and is the type of boat which can be built by a person with traditional boatbuilding skills using natural products - wood. RKJ navigated the ocean using a sextant and chronometer. His motives were not for financial gain (he gave away the prize money to Crowhurst's family) and it was truly a solo effort.
The other, is a major corporate undertaking costing millions, reliant on teams of people working around the clock (weather routers, advisors blah blah blah), using artificial products, electronics and all types of whiz bang unreliable gadgetry. Have we really achieved much? I know which adventure I'd rather read about."

EXACTLY!!!!

Mike

I remember one day my dad took me sailing. He hadn't sailed in years. We want into the water and he was yelling and screaming at me. It turned out that he didn't set up the sail boat properly. We ended up crashing and had to get help from other people. It was quite embarrassing for my dad. Needless to say we never want sail boating again.

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