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    Looks a bit dodgy to me, but I wish him the best of luck.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...lands-43994277
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    I can't help wondering if these people should be required to put down some sort of deposit on the rescue, but that's a slippery slope.

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    He doesn't come across as a fool nor is it a spur of the moment thing I say hip hip and good luck....
    'C'est la vie' say the old folks it goes to show you never can tell

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    There's a bloke lining up an attempt at Aus/NZ in a kayak. Says he's just waiting for the weather. Last one didn't make it.

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    Good luck! IIRC, several rowing attempts didn't make it. Boats smashed in waves and such stuff.

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    Not much form stability.

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    I thought this was going to be about Daniel and Centennial but I guess he has sails so rowing is auxiliary.
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    solo transatlantic rowing attempt doesn't mean solo transatlantic rowing attempt with some sails and maybe an outboard motor.

    Doesn't look vastly different from any of the boats entered in the Atlantic Rowing Race.. Hywl ? fill me in here?
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    "I am doing this to prove that normal people can build a boat and row it across the Atlantic.
    Is this anything a 'normal' person wants to do?
    There is no rational, logical, or physical description of how free will could exist. It therefore makes no sense to praise or condemn anyone on the grounds they are a free willed self that made one choice but could have chosen something else. There is no evidence that such a situation is possible in our Universe. Demonstrate otherwise and I will be thrilled.

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    But ,.... I wish him luck!
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    Seems like it's not going too well..

    An amateur rower has been rescued while making an attempt to cross the North Atlantic in a wooden boat he built himself.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla...lands-44368431
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    Well whod a thunk it?

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    The real issue here is wether he asked for assistance, or,as im reliably informed, that the US Coast Guard had ordered him to be rescued?

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    If one departs New York and is 30 days at sea and still off the US coast, one may be in trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breakaway View Post
    If one departs New York and is 30 days at sea and still off the US coast, one may be in trouble.

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    Absolutely, he still has an awful long way to row
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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    There's a bloke lining up an attempt at Aus/NZ in a kayak. Says he's just waiting for the weather. Last one didn't make it.

    But it as I recall, he almost made it.
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    Thats an Oughtred St Ayles skiff/ Jordan kit he's used as the base boat.

    Adapted with topside buoyancy like the normal transatlantic rowers use. The route from NY to UK travels up the side of north america not out as you'd expect. I guess the windage of it was an issue. The north end of low pressures would thus make it a lee shore. Not something of a concern when people leave the canaries for antigua.

    A Scot that works on offshore oilrigs would be a hard man. I wish him well. He's on shipping channel, so plenty of shipping to pick him up. Small boats get into trouble as they approach Ireland and as the continental shelf shallows, if they happen to coincide that with a local storm can find considerable wave height. I hope he makes it. I salute him.
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    He was rescued South on New York.

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    Well it would seem it was more about building it and the dream of it. For him the boat may have still served its purpose.

    Looking at New York's weather it was 5 mph northerly and very stable weather. I guess that's wind over tide in the gulf stream, but he's still pretty close in. Weather maps say 0 to 2/3 ft waves in tht area. Coastguard describe 10ft waves...must have been looking at their stern wake.

    Of note, US coastguard towed his boat out then left it adrift. In the UK our RNLI would tow that back in with the person. Leaving a boat adrift is a shipping hazard surely. If it can't be brought it surely they should sink it? Anybody with a motorboat want to salvage a St Ayles Skiff?

    I hope he gets re-united with it. He could try the intracoastal.
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    A local company, Rossiters, builds the standard Atlantic rowing boats. Outside the entrance, on display, there's a beat up one, found without the skipper adrift in the Pacific, new buyers have to first walk past and look at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Pearson View Post
    A local company, Rossiters, builds the standard Atlantic rowing boats. Outside the entrance, on display, there's a beat up one, found without the skipper adrift in the Pacific, new buyers have to first walk past and look at.
    Rather grim, but it's best to be reminded what you're getting yourself into.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CK 17 View Post
    But it as I recall, he almost made it.
    Close enough for his distress call to go unanswered. They recovered his footage. The resulting film is harrowing.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Orca View Post
    Close enough for his distress call to go unanswered. They recovered his footage. The resulting film is harrowing.
    IIRC, they heard his distress call, but not clearly. He was only about 55km offshore, but it is pretty remote down there.
    Here ya go https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_McAuley

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    Quote Originally Posted by epoxyboy View Post
    IIRC, they heard his distress call, but not clearly. He was only about 55km offshore, but it is pretty remote down there.
    Here ya go https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_McAuley

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    I've heard the recordings. It wasn't so much a question of not hearing clearly as it was a question of not understanding what they were hearing. By the time anyone figured it out (about five hours, IIRC), it was too late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hwyl View Post
    He was rescued South on New York.


    Prezackly, as is said here on the WBF.

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    He's got a facebook site. Nice drone footage back in Scotland. St Ayles skiff is quite a good choice I think, apart from the shape, the lack of human ballast should be compensated by the topside buoyancy weight and equipment.

    Sounds like he got 40knot winds in the wrong direction before he could get offshore enough. Seems boat was managing ok on the drogue but leeshore was the problem.

    Duncan is trying to get the next coastguard station to bring it in or locate it. Everything is on the boat. Hope he can get back on board. He's raising funds for Wateraid.

    https://en-gb.facebook.com/duncanadrift/
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    After the US Coastguard failed to tow it in, cut it adrift without a beacon, then couldn't find it, it's worth saying our RNLI would have towed that in without a bother...

    Anyhow Duncan's found his boat washed up further south on Ocean City beach. He's met some kind American folks who've looked after him.



    There's footage on his facebook site, that his St Ayles Skiff immediately self rights from roll over testing.

    https://www.facebook.com/duncanadrif...3122499847261/

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    Thanks for the update Edward. I'm glad he and his boat are OK. You're right about our RNLI too, the boat would certainly have been towed in.
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    Because there are towing companies here, that generally work on a subscription model (like RAC and AA), but who also offer private tows. They complain through the courts, if they see the CG taking away their business. There's even a volunteer force called the CG auxiliary, who are under similar restrictions. Stupidity but!!! The CG generally only saves lives, unless it's outside the 12 mile limit.

    It's unfair however to blame the coastguard for not putting a transponder on the boat, Duncan should have done that.

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    If the CG let the boat go in the absense of a commericial tow, they create an unmarked inshore shipping hazard of unknown location putting other people at risk?

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    Another one..

    Second Scottish Atlantic rower rescued off US coast.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla...lands-44411354
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    Actually not rescued pers se. Seems his rudder lifted on the pintles while on the drogue, then half came off bending the pintle, which then sheared off as he tried to straighten it. US coastguard met up with him, and have repaired it, and he's still going...

    http://blog.mailasail.com/ny2sy/8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Pearson View Post
    Actually not rescued pers se. Seems his rudder lifted on the pintles while on the drogue, then half came off bending the pintle, which then sheared off as he tried to straighten it. US coastguard met up with him, and have repaired it, and he's still going...

    http://blog.mailasail.com/ny2sy/8
    Thanks for the link, I'll keep an eye on the site, it's obviously more up to date than the Beeb.
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    Duncan has set off again in his St Ayles Skiff...wishing him better luck.

    Follow his gps tracker here (he's JonMonks on the Garmin tracker apparently):

    https://share.garmin.com/JonMonks

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    He's not a fast learner is he?

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