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Old 04 November 2009, 15:17   #31
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Cool .... very clever piece of gear Its a shame sky bought them out in UK and killed em off. I bought the lifetime subscription for mine, and flogged the lot on fleabay for just about as much as I paid for it .. before sky plus came along.. whata mistakea to makea 'EER.. I'd better get off posting this before the admin nazis .. .. turn up and give me a dooing over for thread hijacking
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Anyone else watch this ? . Firstly they seemed to edit Tim M out for some reason ( maybe the idea of being towed in is not ideal ! ) .

Whilst a great acheivement it did seem that the programme almost wanted to higlight or make it seem that the whole effort was rather hit & miss ?

Ie - you need 1m to do - then we are doing it on 200k . Drifting about to 'hit Cuba' , no engine, repeated auto helm problems , rudder probs - all gave the impression from the programme that it was just luck that he got round alive .

It was hard to tell if this was the programme editing or it really was like this . Either way still a great acheivement at 16.
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Anyone else watch this ? . Firstly they seemed to edit Tim M out for some reason ( maybe the idea of being towed in is not ideal ! ) .

Whilst a great acheivement it did seem that the programme almost wanted to higlight or make it seem that the whole effort was rather hit & miss ?

Ie - you need 1m to do - then we are doing it on 200k . Drifting about to 'hit Cuba' , no engine, repeated auto helm problems , rudder probs - all gave the impression from the programme that it was just luck that he got round alive .

It was hard to tell if this was the programme editing or it really was like this . Either way still a great acheivement at 16.
Was good to watch, I think they highlighted things to make more drama and the whole girlfriend thing just didn't seem to fit in.

Anyway, a great achievement for such a young lad. How he handled it all I will never know. Good on him
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Anyone else watch this ? . Firstly they seemed to edit Tim M out for some reason ( maybe the idea of being towed in is not ideal ! ) .

Whilst a great acheivement it did seem that the programme almost wanted to higlight or make it seem that the whole effort was rather hit & miss ?

Ie - you need 1m to do - then we are doing it on 200k . Drifting about to 'hit Cuba' , no engine, repeated auto helm problems , rudder probs - all gave the impression from the programme that it was just luck that he got round alive .

It was hard to tell if this was the programme editing or it really was like this . Either way still a great acheivement at 16.
No they did that edit cause Tim needed a hair cut! Well done Mike it was great to see and greet you this year returning into The Solent and home
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I'm off for a haircut in about three mins as it goes!

I saw me (briefly!)

Watching that it all seemed very hit and miss. I get the impression it was more the fathers dream than any thing else. Towing them in they didn't seem particularly on the ball - no lines ready for me to tow with, no sense of urgency when it came to helping me tie the yacht up alongside the rib to turn it around and get it into Gunwharf (bearing in mind theres ferries and things coming in and out!)

Oh well still a fantastic achievement. Inspired me to have a go!
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I watched it - and I am sure it was edited to make it all seem more dramatic / better telly. But at least it wasn't over done in a "seaside rescue" type way. At no point did I actually think his life was in immediate danger... but there was uncertainty that he would complete it.

Not knocking his achievement (and I would have no desire to replicate it) - but they did seem a bit disorganised/unprepared. I think they put themselves under real pressure to be the "youngest" round the world - breaking the record took precedence (or seemed to from the TV) over actually completing the trip in a well organised/planned way that was least likely to get them in difficulty. I wonder if they had spent another month prepping the boat etc - if they might still have arrived back on the same date as they may have avoided trying to do repairs in odd places.

I actually thought the "girlfriend's" story was appropriate. It emphasised that what normal 16/17 yr old lads are doing is trying to get laid (usually unsucessfully!). Perhaps it distracted from the "maritime" aspect of the programme - but to me it made it a bit more real, and maybe even made him seem a bit more like a "normal" teenager.
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I actually thought the "girlfriend's" story was appropriate. It emphasised that what normal 16/17 yr old lads are doing is trying to get laid (usually unsucessfully!). Perhaps it distracted from the "maritime" aspect of the programme - but to me it made it a bit more real, and maybe even made him seem a bit more like a "normal" teenager.
That is a very good point.
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..... they did seem a bit disorganised/unprepared.
I disagree - he had loads of fenders on board. A lot more than I would have expected of someone attempting a non-stop record.
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I disagree - he had loads of fenders on board. A lot more than I would have expected of someone attempting a non-stop record.
That was for when he kept stopping to get laid....
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