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Old 25 August 2004, 03:37   #21
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Nah! He'd never have called the Coastie... figure the embarrassment.. he'd a' called big Ian and me... we only want 15%.....

But aren't we bringing this discussion full circle? The thread about Mr Priddy and his sinking? Should the lives of "rescue service" personnel be put in jeopardy by people who are standing into danger by choice either for cold hard cash or personal gratification? If I recall, when the question was raised then, most people seemed to be of the opinion that they were "volunteers" or paid professionals so it was OK...Could be a looooooong thread....
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But aren't we bringing this discussion full circle? The thread about Mr Priddy and his sinking? Should the lives of "rescue service" personnel be put in jeopardy by people who are standing into danger by choice? Could be a looooooong thread....
Yes and no. It could be argued that the Jolly Sailor crew could not have predicted that they would get into such serious difficulties (or, at least, the odds were very small) having done the crossing a couple of times and been round the world with no major problems. However, Jono was fully aware of the conditions he was going out in and the chances of having a problem would have been fairly high I would think (from reading Jono G's own post).

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Yes and no. It could be argued that the Jolly Sailor crew could not have predicted that they would get into such serious difficulties (or, at least, the odds were very small) having done the crossing a couple of times and been round the world with no major problems
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I must have my wires crossed. I thought that the reason for this journey was because "no one has done it before". Have I misread that somewhere? Apologies if I have. If the odds of getting into difficulties were very small, why was everyone making such a fuss about the event? I must be missing something.
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The point (if I remember correctly) was that the crossing had not been made in that direction (ie from east to west) which is, apparently, reckoned to be 'harder' - I guess to do with direction of weather, tidal drift, etc but I am just guessing! If it was a 'rogue wave' (which is what Alan seems to be suggesting), then the chances of that happening must be pretty small in comparison to the chance of Jono G having a problem when he knowingly set out in a force 10!!!
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Well said Louise.

Anyone who organises anything (for charity or whatever) is taking a risk of sorts.

But good for you all for having the guts to do it.

Having seen Jono Garton in action on a Welsh Beach I can only imagine that his craft was in very safe hands indeed.

I'm sure when you put to sea Jono (the other one) you don't intend to have problems

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Mmm. Let me think about that. Over two thousand miles (just guessing at distance) across seas described several times in various accounts as "hostile", "frightening", "threatening" over an extended period of time or 1/2 a mile in known conditions with a "safe haven" not too far away? Know which I'd choose as safer.... not that I'd do either... committed coward me!..

Oh? Which one needed the “rescue services” ?

I’m not saying that either was right or wrong. Just that there seems to be a distinct bias here just because cash was involved and not “Glory”…..
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I don't think so!!!

You're planning a long distance soon aren't you!!!

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Absolutely righty! That's why I don't undertake epic journeys or heroic feats...
Me? I want to live to a ripe old age and pass away peacefully in bed... preferably with a young lady...
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Thanks for the glory... but in reality, I've walked further..... ... and I'll be going in company.... and only if the sea is like glass.... and only if the sun is shining..... and only if my horoscope says "good fortune"... and only... Oh Hell! I think I'll take the ferry as usual....
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