For the folks that are new to this thread here are some good links to read that will give you very good insight to the history of this project.
You will see that a lot of discussion took place years ago and you will also notice that when I remind folks of beating the same drum with the same stick, I really mean it when I say that they are not bringing anything new to the table.
I welcomed constructive criticism years ago and finally we settled on the fact that when people had nothing more to offer, other than that the boat was ugly ??? we could move ahead with the project. The ugly boat syndrome even spread to Sailing Anarchy also with no solid advice.
where we will post tracking (Spot) information at a later stage. Our goal is definitely to sail South Africa to South Africa non-stop. We do not make claims that this a "true" circumnavigation so please guys let's not start that debate over again. We fully agree that a "true" circumnavigation should included crossing the equator, however I believe that to compare apples to apples you should follow the route laid down by Alessandro di Benedetto
The "non stop" part will be the killer I guess.
I would favor the Testa way, going from "one harbor to another" and try to enjoy it as much as possible.
The boat could be a bit more compact possibly give it some more average speed and you would have something to look out for wich isn't thousands and thousands of miles away, even after weeks or months at sea.
Hat's off to you Manie !!
Plan "B" is to go by stopping along the way.
However this creates massive logistical problems.
Firstly there are very few places where you could stop, New Zealand, Falklands or the Southern tip of Chile = bad news!
Any stop in the Southern Ocean is going to be extremely difficult, unfamiliar harbours, bad weather and night entries.
So I personally favour the non-stop idea.
The well equipped boat can do it, plenty food and water and a highly efficient electrical system.
The real question is can a man go into isolation for 8 months in the Southern Ocean and wake up every day to push the boat as much and as far as the boat can go. This is a challenge of mental strength and endurance, as is most record breaking attempts anyway.
And as I've said before, someone is going to do it, of that I have no doubt.
Yeah, the "how not to go insane/freak out" part is pretty critical.
I watched the full film about Sebastian Näslund's return trip with Arrandir from North America to Europe last night, and a lot of it centered around his self-doubts, worries on what could go wrong, bouncing through pretty harsh conditions, finding ways to keep the spirit up.. The title of the film in translation is "Now I belong to the sea" and that was what it amounted to - accepting and adapting to the present. But he still seemed quite happy to get ashore at the Isles of Scilly and head for the pub (He stopped in Bermuda and the Azores along the way also.)
So conditioning the body and spirit for such an adventure needs to be in the project plan for sure.
I think 8 months is "impossible" to hold out on your own if you have a oportunity to end it when things get realy rough. If shipwrecked and on a raft, people have done the most impôssible things but if you have an 1 push of the button option at hand to get out of the misery........one must have a hell of a strong character to go on and push yourself to go through hell day after day after day instead of pushing that resque button......
It seems that Sven Yrvind has dropped out. He "lost" interest to sail around the world in a ten footer. Must be "good news" for his sponsors who poured a lot of money into that project.
To me it looked like Sven changed so much during the build of his ten feet sailing boat that he created the impression that he didn't know what he wanted. Very weird for a man with so much experience after 50+ years of sailing self designed/build boats.
....You're the sole survivor at the moment Manie-Go for it !!!!!!!!
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