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Old 16 October 2012, 03:13   #21
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The kid and the Ferrari argument is a bit out of date now as young people are finding it harder and harder to get insurance even on very modest cars.
I suspect millionaire children (this story is a "millionaire pensioner") struggle less than the average teenager! I also said inexperienced not young/kid. Whilst that set of circumstances is hardly common - there's also not an unlimited stream of people with enough money for a yacht, who are seemingly clueless and determined to go to sea without taking advice.
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Old 16 October 2012, 03:59   #22
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If anyone had bothered to read the article it seems that she is quite experienced:

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‘She’s Royal Navy trained. She’s worked on tall ships training boats,’ he said. ‘She’s sailed to the Channel Islands and to France and I believe to the Mediterranean.
'Before she embarked on this trip she had an expert sail with her just to brush up on what she knew. And he was confident about her.’


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From what I heard he was aboard the first leg on the Friday and she then stopped overnight, which indicated that people would have been aware it had left its mooring, then she intended to complete the remainder trip herself.
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If anyone had bothered to read the article it seems that she is quite experienced:
None of the articles I've read mentioned any of that,
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Young premiership footballers with lots of cash seem to be just fine in high powered cars........ and thats with their super human physical skills.
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None of the articles I've read mentioned any of that,
See post one of this thread
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oops, it was the BBC articles I read, it was the word 'Mail' at the top instantly made my click the back button
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There's obviously a large degree of journalistic licence in this article but it's hard to describe the inside of any 30(ish) year old production 31 foot boat "plush". Which leads me on to the use of the term "millionaire" which is also a claim available now to many more people than back in the days when it "really meant something....."

She (or they) obviously have access to money though (even if through a pawn shop).

In my opinion, a woman with a 150k motor rarely goes out and "splashes out" 30 odd K on a boat. Something smells here. Looks to me like she bought a "tool for the job". Why? I have no idea.

Sad situation anyway.
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Old 16 October 2012, 08:22   #29
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In my opinion, a woman with a 150k motor rarely goes out and "splashes out" 30 odd K on a boat. Something smells here.
Apparently the yacht was a wedding gift from her husband. I wouldn't read too much into the 'Royal Navy' trained stuff either. The facts are she was sailing a boat she was unfamiliar with, departing Mousehole Harbour at 6.30pm. Who on earth leaves for a night passage in poor weather single-handedly? Her age and physical ability would have been a contributory factor early on assuming something went wrong and how she'd cope with it.

This excerpt from the Telegraph pretty much sums things up.

Jerry Hobkirk, the owner of Falmouth Yacht Brokers, said he would not have let Mrs Unwin set sail had he known she would ignore his pleas to wait until bad weather had subsided. Mr Hobkirk said: "The weather was treacherous this weekend, even for some of the more experienced sailors. I simply cannot understand what she was thinking when she left the harbour in Mousehole, and against the advice of the sailing school." He said the 130-mile journey from there to Bideford would have tested even experienced sailors, let alone in difficult conditions. "There were strong winds and rough seas on a piece of coast that has very few escape routes. If you get into difficulties there aren't very many ports to play your 'get out of jail' card."
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Wedding gift - even so the imbalance is not very plausible to me. Would be like my wife buying me a 30yr old fiesta for a gift. AND apologies to all 30yr old fiesta fans.......
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