I feel like a pussy after watching this!

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Even his mother thinks he is nuts!

In all seriousness this is a thrilling video but I am not convinced he wasn’t reckless. On deck in the dark no harness no life jacket. I am not convinced that a life jacket would have served any useful purpose but being clipped on would have been sensible.
 

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Been following Eric for some time and he does make some great films.

The weather and waters of our northern shores are a little more lively than the south of England.

I don't consider him reckless, single handed at that time of year your survival time is counted in seconds not minutes.

I've only ever been seasick in the Pentland Firth, but I was quite small at the time.

 
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Anyone know what make and model of boat that is? Looks pretty impressive to this MOBOer :D
 

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Thanks, quite a modest boat then. Are they generally considered to be good rough-weather/passage-making boats?

Rather famously, the only boat to finish out of 58 boats that started in Class 5 in the 1979 Fastnet - the one with the storm - was a Contessa 32 named Assent owned by Willy Ker. Another one went round the Horn to windward, etc. So - yes. But this one is a 35 which is actually quite a bit bigger.
 
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Thanks all. I have a feeling I will switch sides one day, so I need to start learning about boats with sticks.
 

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I was slightly puzzled by his rig set up through the night ...he mentioned several accidental gybes.,


He's obviously a very experinced sailor (more so than me) but on that course off the wind and those wind strengths and sea states I would have been sailing under Genoa alone...

Am I misssing something ?
 

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Rather famously, the only boat to finish out of 58 boats that started in Class 5 in the 1979 Fastnet - the one with the storm - was a Contessa 32 named Assent owned by Willy Ker. Another one went round the Horn to windward, etc. So - yes. But this one is a 35 which is actually quite a bit bigger.

Saw her a couple of times in Lawrence Cove over the years.
 

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Contessa 35 aka Ganbare.

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Early Doug Peterson One tonner. When races were won and lost upwind.
 

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I was slightly puzzled by his rig set up through the night ...he mentioned several accidental gybes.,


He's obviously a very experinced sailor (more so than me) but on that course off the wind and those wind strengths and sea states I would have been sailing under Genoa alone...

Am I misssing something ?

I would be very interested to hear comments on this.

Did the sea state make it difficult to round up and drop the main?
 

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I would be very interested to hear comments on this.

Did the sea state make it difficult to round up and drop the main?

Depending on the boat design; some boats are better balanced and sail better in rough weather with a small genoa only and others just with a deep reefed main; many boats would develop a lot of weather helm with just a main up.
 
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