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Old 31 August 2009, 20:15   #21
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...or is it that the improvement in comms and nav gear and the internet has really made the world a smaller place ?
I think unless he has transported himself through a wire or over the airwaves, this technology has little bearing, other than to provide better communications, possibly some "companionship" to stave off boredom, and a larger margin of safety. At the end of the day, he managed to sail that little plastic boat around the world by himself. It's an amazing feat for a young man to undertake successfully.

I can only imagine how his parents have worried for the past year. If my kid comes home from a date 30 minutes late I'm a mess!
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[QUOTE=Zubenelgenubi;313469] Ok, so this is obviously a subject on which people will have differing opinions BUT a rule is a rule & this rule applies to "all vessels upon the high seas & in all waters connected therewith navigable by seagoing vessels".

Your comments belong elsewhere, please.
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Heres proof of the technology he had aboard. With wiring like this though its a miracle any of it worked!
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Channel 4 are doing a program on Thursday evening covering Mike's round the world event which could see some great sailing images as a load of us saw him out and back into Portsmouth
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Channel 4 are doing a program on Thursday evening covering Mike's round the world event which could see some great sailing images as a load of us saw him out and back into Portsmouth
I'll keep my eye open for that. Thanks.
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Thanks Ian - one for the Tivo - looking forward to seeing it

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Awesome ! you still have one of them ?
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Yes - still find it a heck of a lot more useful the the darn HD skybox - which is forever mucking up seasonal recordings if they occur on a different day, or it misses the first 10 minutes or last 10 minutes and you also can't skip the ad breaks you have to manually fast forward - the cheek!!!

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Yes - still find it a heck of a lot more useful the the darn HD skybox - which is forever mucking up seasonal recordings if they occur on a different day, or it misses the first 10 minutes or last 10 minutes and you also can't skip the ad breaks you have to manually fast forward - the cheek!!!

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I'm not saying it is right to sail round the world without keeping a "proper" lookout, but equally I think it would be sad if compliance with this rule prevented the adventure / personal challenge that is singlehanded endurance sailing.

I believe they mitigate this risk by only sleeping for 20 minutes at a time; which together with radar ensures that it is very unlikely that there is anyone who presents a collision risk whilst they are not actually maintaining a lookout.

I'm not aware of any singlehanded round the world skipper colliding with anyone as a result of not keeping a proper lookout. As I understand it they will tend to maintain a constant lookout in any busy areas, which is possibly better than some ships!

Well Polwart, recently in another post I recall that for bedtime reading you recommended some 86 pages of MAIB reports re fatigue, as did alystra. You have to wonder how the risk of fatigue is mitigated by a 20 minute sleep.
Well done to the lad for his achievement as I have said previously.
Before anyone says that this not the place for this, it is exactly the place for this.
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