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Duo planning 1,000 days alone at sea
AP via Yahoo ^ | 04/21/07 | VERENA DOBNIK

Posted on 04/21/2007 11:50:52 AM PDT by Abathar

HOBOKEN, N.J. - He's a veteran of long-distance sailing voyages in all kinds of weather. She's never sailed outside the Hudson River.

But together, 55-year-old Reid Stowe and his 23-year-old girlfriend, Soanya Ahmad, are embarking on a voyage that they intend to take them three times around the globe and last 1,000 days and nights — nonstop, with no port calls for supplies or a walk on solid ground.

They were ready to set sail Saturday aboard his 70-foot, two-masted schooner, named the Schooner Anne, from a Hudson River marina in North Hoboken.

"This will be my first time sailing ever — except for up and down the Hudson River," said Ahmad, the New York-raised daughter of immigrants from Guyana.

"I haven't gotten seasick — so far," she said with a grin.

She may be tested when the yacht rounds South America's Cape Horn on the way from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, an area infamous for waves as high as 100 feet, as well as icebergs.

If they succeed, they say their time away from land will surpass the 657 days spent at sea by Australian Jon Sanders, who circumnavigated the globe three times from 1986 to 1988.

Stowe planned a course that initially will take them into the north Atlantic to take advantage of wind and currents, then head south of the Equator. Past the Equator, before passing Cape Horn, he mapped out a course that would loop around the south Atlantic, in the outline of a heart.

"This is a voyage that takes heart," he said.

Provisions were packed into every nook and cranny of the schooner's hull, everything from rice and beans to tomato sauce, pasta, pesto, olives, chocolate, spices and about 200 pounds of parmesan cheese. Sprouts were already growing in boxes for salads.

The rest of their food will be caught fresh from the sea — automatically. Two contraptions at the stern will troll for fish, and when one is caught the line is rigged to alert them by tapping a piece of wood.

Rainwater will be collected in tarps stretched over the deck, and a desalinator will turn sea water into drinking water.

Crammed in alongside the food was a ton of coal and 100 boxes of firewood for the antique French iron stove that keep them warm, plus diesel oil for a motor.

Solar panels will generate enough electricity for the satellite communication and navigation system and for lights. Along with sending and receiving e-mail via satellite, they expect to post photographs, videos and blogs on their Web site.

They also have a small library of books on yoga, meditation and spirituality, as well as art and history, plus the collected works of Joseph Conrad and every book written by Herman Melville, including "Moby Dick."

Along with a well-stocked medical kit, they both learned how to clean and stitch cuts and to set broken bones.

The cost of the journey is covered by corporate and individual donations, plus donations of food, the sails and marine ropes.

Their message to the world, they say, is that any human being can persevere and survive while staying inspired and in love.

"It's inside everyone to go into the unknown, to sail by the sun and the winds of fate. Our ability to control our minds will allow us to do this," said Stowe"If we had to come back for cheeseburgers, we wouldn't be able to do it."

They met four years ago when Ahmad, a college student, was photographing Manhattan's waterfront where the schooner was docked.

"He invited me aboard. It was my first time on a sailboat," said Ahmad. "Reid was looking for someone to go with him. At first, I said no, but then ..."

Her parents, both New York accountants, "are a little terrified," said their only daughter, the oldest of three siblings.

The voyage is formally called "1000 Days at Sea: The Mars Ocean Odyssey," since Stowe compares it to an expedition to Mars, which would involve about the same time in isolation.

He has sailed to every continent in the past four decades, including Antarctica. "I have the tools, I have the experience," he said.

One of those previous voyages was a 200-day trip with his wife in 1999. They're divorced now, but she gave him and Ahmad a life raft for their journey, and planned to be on the dock to wave goodbye Saturday.

Stowe said the journey offers lessons even to someone who will never go out to sea — or someone like Ahmad, who grew up in New York City: "You learn to be present to the situation, to look and see what's happening, and to do what needs to be done."

Adds Ahmad: "On a sailboat, you have to be present in the moment, in the now. Or there's no tomorrow."


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To: Abathar
Provisions were packed into every nook and cranny of the schooner's hull, everything from rice and beans to tomato sauce, pasta, pesto, olives, chocolate, spices and about 200 pounds of parmesan cheese. Sprouts were already growing in boxes for salads.

No beer?? Bon voyage, guys.

51 posted on 04/21/2007 12:48:01 PM PDT by cloud8
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To: patton
What, you think it go past 3 months? Too big an age difference.

A good friend of mine offer some advice on buying a nice sailboat (pre-internet)

Go to Panama he said. Most of the couples never make it thru the canal. The wife is tired or sick of the small boat, or no kids/grandkids/no shopping/bad food/storms/no mail or telephone and so on.

And she gets on the first thing smoking headed North. Dad can’t continue on his own as the boat is too big - so they sale at a loss.

Your gain.

OTOH, many have done this quite successfully - Jim and Molly Moore, Kellogg and Diana Fleming, Suzanne & Jim Macfarlan (and family), Paul Howard and Fiona McCall, Alvah & Diana Simon ( a year frozen in the Arctic ice), and on and on.

http://www.cruisingworld.com/index.jsp has many of the stories and is a good magazine, lots of recipes great for RVs.

52 posted on 04/21/2007 12:50:18 PM PDT by ASOC (Yeah, well, maybe - but can you *prove* it?)
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To: ASOC

What a cool idea - I wonder where the RV’s get sold?


53 posted on 04/21/2007 12:53:40 PM PDT by patton (19yrs ... only 4,981yrs to go ;))
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To: L98Fiero
Three years and no port calls?

An amazing stock of birth control pills, condoms , TP and sanitary napkins will leave no room for anything else.../sarc

54 posted on 04/21/2007 12:54:36 PM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: ASOC
“The Old Man with the Young Chick in the Sea”

apologies to Hemingway

55 posted on 04/21/2007 1:00:39 PM PDT by Blackirish
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To: patton
RV = land yacht. Small living space, mobile and limited space to store things - just the thing to train for living on a sailboat.
56 posted on 04/21/2007 1:04:05 PM PDT by ASOC (Yeah, well, maybe - but can you *prove* it?)
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To: Blackirish
It may also be like Old Man and Surrogate daughter go to sea.

It could happen. The guy *is* old enough to be her dad. Or not.

57 posted on 04/21/2007 1:06:06 PM PDT by ASOC (Yeah, well, maybe - but can you *prove* it?)
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To: ASOC

Good call! I give the boat 4 months. I hope it’s not wood frame.


58 posted on 04/21/2007 1:12:36 PM PDT by Recon Dad (Marine Spec Ops Dad)
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To: Abathar

I’m sure he won’t be able to stand up after 1,000 days of that... Not at his age.


59 posted on 04/21/2007 1:22:54 PM PDT by nctexan
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To: Abathar
A 70-foot, two-masted schooner

I am very envious!

60 posted on 04/21/2007 1:23:37 PM PDT by RunningWolf (2-1 Cav 1975)
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To: Recon Dad
I guess I should look at something before I shoot it off
/embarrassed

a) the boat
The Schooner Anne, which was named for Reid’s mother, was designed by Stowe to be the ultimate long distance & heavy weather vessel. The Anne, hand built by Reid and his family in their backyard in North Carolina in 1978, has been Stowe’s home and expedition platform for over 27 years of exciting voyages.

The Anne has proven her seaworthiness on exciting voyages in the Caribbean, around Cape Horn, in Antarctica , for 100 days out of sight of land in the North Atlantic, the 200 day Odyssey of the Sea Turtle, and on the Voyage of the Argonauts, where she survived a knockdown by a 60-ft. rogue wave. Written and photographic accounts of many of these voyages are available on the website www.1000days.net.

b) the chick
Has lived abourd the boat for a year already as prep for the long voyage.

The boat wesite

http://1000daysatsea.blogspot.com/.

Good luck to them, they seem to have prepared and have good comms in case something does go South.

61 posted on 04/21/2007 1:25:42 PM PDT by ASOC (Yeah, well, maybe - but can you *prove* it?)
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To: conservative in nyc

Wormholes, dontcha know?


62 posted on 04/21/2007 1:45:58 PM PDT by cll (Carthage must be destroyed)
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To: cloud8
Over the years I’ve heard many seafaring types opine that a two man crew going out like this is foolish unless the boat is controllable by one man and both are equal in their knowledge of the sea and the ship. Action breaks fast on the ocean and any lack in the seafarer’s response can be fatal in mere seconds.

In my own ignorant opinion these two people, especially him, aren’t showing enough respect for the most powerful and terrifying element on the earth.

63 posted on 04/21/2007 2:16:52 PM PDT by TalBlack
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To: RebekahT

Quit reading things into the article.

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As I indicated, I did not see the concern expressed about the relationship, and I used the word “apparently”. I hardly call that “reading things into the article”.


64 posted on 04/21/2007 2:21:49 PM PDT by Bigg Red (You are either with us or with the terrorists.)
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To: TalBlack

I just sent this to my son, who is in final training for his crew aboard S/V Lucky, preparing to sail their self-built (teak/oak/mahogany) 72-foot schooner from Khao Lak Thailand to Georgetown, SC via the IO, Cape of Goos Hope, and across the Atlantic. He’s got a crew of 10, with a goodly amount of experience at sea. He’s been over in Phu Ket since the Tsunami, building fishing boats (10-meter “Longtails”) for the fishermen who got wiped out in the Tsunami.

TC


65 posted on 04/21/2007 2:26:29 PM PDT by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: Abathar
“One of those previous voyages was a 200-day trip with his wife in 1999. They're divorced now, but she gave him and Ahmad a life raft for their journey, and planned to be on the dock to wave goodbye Saturday.”

Why do I picture the ex-wife standing on the dock, smiling, waving wishing him and the “girl”friend bon voyage and chuckling to her self while she thinks about the rotten fish heads and limburger cheese she hid in the raft and all the little pin holes she made in it?
66 posted on 04/21/2007 2:36:20 PM PDT by Caramelgal (I am Zelda - Queen of the Viking Kitties!)
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To: Caramelgal

And the life insurance. Evil cackles.

TC


67 posted on 04/21/2007 3:19:25 PM PDT by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: Abathar

Just let me handle the navigation and the 1000 days will take care of itself.


68 posted on 04/21/2007 3:21:05 PM PDT by U S Army EOD
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To: Reeses
Arrrrr! Set sail me hearties!

"Fifteen men on a dead man's chest! Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum!! Drink and the Devil had done for the rest! Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum!"

Old Long John looks a happy camper.

69 posted on 04/21/2007 3:21:30 PM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Abathar

Sure the sea can be dangerous but 55 and 23?

Reminds me of an old joke:

Doctor: At your age don’t you realize how dangerous that can be?

Old man: If she dies, she dies.


70 posted on 04/21/2007 3:45:03 PM PDT by live+let_live ("God is a mathematician with an eye for art.")
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To: Grizzled Bear

Bananas vey VEY bad luck.

No Bananas on my boat.


71 posted on 04/21/2007 3:47:02 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Jimmy Valentine

The Eric Clapton-looking guy isn’t the sailor, I don’t think. Captain Queeg is a scurvy-skinny, dweebish British-looking cat. Good luck to them. Not everyone can push the boundaries of mundane existence.


72 posted on 04/21/2007 3:52:35 PM PDT by IslandJeff (suffering individual making choices on the Strength of the Absurd)
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To: Michael.SF.; Reeses; Overseez
Here is another picture of the guy, and he looks different from your photos.

source

73 posted on 04/21/2007 4:20:14 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: Michael.SF.; Reeses; Overseez

Here is their website with photos:
http://1000days.net/


74 posted on 04/21/2007 4:34:44 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: LdSentinal
He must be really, really rich.

Nope, others are largely paying for it with donations of goods and services.

75 posted on 04/21/2007 4:47:14 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Abathar
One of those previous voyages was a 200-day trip with his wife in 1999. They're divorced now, but she gave him and Ahmad a life raft for their journey, and planned to be on the dock to wave goodbye Saturday.

I hope she made sure his will was up to date before leaving.

76 posted on 04/21/2007 4:48:06 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Maceman
And it is not like she can stomp out of the room or he can go sleep on the couch.

Oprah had a show about a couple who went on a cruise to get to know each other better. Some disaster happened. They floated on a piece of wood the size of a ritz cracker for days and he went crazy and just swam off to suicide one day. Ultimately she was rescued and told the story. It was a big deal at the time.

77 posted on 04/21/2007 4:53:14 PM PDT by A knight without armor
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To: Michael.SF.
That does not look like the same guy.

The second picture, the one where he has hair and looks 10 years younger may have been taken at the beginning of the relationship. She looks the same.

Poor b**tard :), he won't make it to Europe at this rate.

78 posted on 04/21/2007 5:02:12 PM PDT by BfloGuy (It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect . . .)
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To: ASOC
Good luck to them, they seem to have prepared and have good comms in case something does go South.

I agree, he does seem to know what he is doing.

On a separate note, though I am reminded of a story I read about General George S. Patton, who when transferred to Hawaii, loaded his family onto a small boat (40 feet or so I think) and sailed from San Diego to Hawaii. He taught himself to sail on the way.

79 posted on 04/21/2007 5:18:36 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (In this (political) War, Republicans are gutless appeasers. -- Ann Coulter)
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To: TalBlack

> a two man crew going out like this is foolish...

Tis a dream of many a sailor. May she learn the sea quickly.


80 posted on 04/21/2007 7:57:42 PM PDT by cloud8
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To: Bigg Red

If her parents do disapprove of the relationship, I don’t think the girl is going let the press in on that detail.


81 posted on 04/21/2007 8:55:13 PM PDT by RebekahT ("Government is not the solution to the problem, our government is the problem." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Michael.SF.
Ah, quintessential Patton! - He is a personal hero of mine! I taught myself to sail a 16 footer I rescued and fixed up.

Sailed right up to Hoover Dam and back out.

Someone later told me that was nutz.... I guess the Lord does protect fools.

Anyway the boat from your story is for sale.

WHEN AND IF is an Alden designed schooner, built by FF Pendleton in Wiscasset, Maine for Colonel and Mrs. George S. Patton. She was launched in 1939 and the Pattons planned to sail her around the world "when and if" Patton returned from the war that he saw looming in Europe.

Patton, by then a General, was killed in a freak accident shortly after the end of the war and WHEN AND IF was sailed by Mrs. Patton for some years. Mrs. Patton gave the schooner to her brother Frederick Ayer, who sailed her along the New England Coast, eventually donating her to the Landmark School for use in their Watermark Program for dyslexic kids - Patton himself was dyslexic.

In 1990 she was wrecked north of Boston. Subsequent owners had her rebuilt by Gannon & Benjamin Boatyard in Vineyard Haven, MA. Recently purchased by a family from New Jersey she has been refitted during the winter of 2005 -2006 and is in immaculate condition.

She is a superbly seaworthy and comfortable vessel with long keel, gaff foresail and Marconi main. Measuring 63' 5" x 47' 3" x 15' 1" x 9', plus bowsprit and boomkin, she displaces 43 tons and carries about 1700 square feet of sail area. WHEN AND IF has wide decks, a large cockpit, high bulwarks, and a doghouse in addition to her commodious accommodations.

WHEN AND IF is Coast Guard licensed and inspected to carry 17 guests and 3 crew on near shore routes during day light hours.

From Time magazine, April 12, 1943 "He had always done things the hard way, and the spectacular. When he was ordered to Hawaii, he bought a 40-foot sailboat, boned up on navigation, and sailed out. He still has a sailboat tied up against future leisure—the When and If, it is called."

The Nation lost a lost when he died.

82 posted on 04/21/2007 10:19:13 PM PDT by ASOC (Yeah, well, maybe - but can you *prove* it?)
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To: ASOC
Anyway the boat from your story is for sale.

Wow! Thanks. I would love to buy it, WHEN and IF I could afford it!

83 posted on 04/22/2007 12:05:23 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (In this (political) War, Republicans are gutless appeasers. -- Ann Coulter)
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To: RebekahT

If her parents do disapprove of the relationship, I don’t think the girl is going let the press in on that detail.

&&
True.

I just wish these young women would start demanding more respect from men instead of just hopping in the sack.


84 posted on 04/22/2007 6:51:41 AM PDT by Bigg Red (You are either with us or with the terrorists.)
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To: Abathar
Re: "One of those previous voyages was a 200-day trip with his wife in 1999. They’re divorced now, but she gave him and Ahmad a life raft for their journey, and planned to be on the dock to wave goodbye Saturday."

Is she for it or a'gin it?

85 posted on 04/22/2007 7:09:58 AM PDT by Bender2 (A 'Good Yankee' comes down to Texas, then goes back north. A 'Damn Yankee' stays... Damn it!)
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To: ASOC; Michael.SF.
Here are some photos of WHEN AND IF, now available for charter:


86 posted on 04/22/2007 8:39:46 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: rawhide
Here is another picture of the guy, and he looks different from your photos.

I would guess that it's an older picture. I would like to always look like I do in my older pictures.

Unfortunately, we should assume that the photo of the man who is now balding and not as good looking is the more recent photo of the 55 year old. Especially since the man in your photo doesn't look to be over 40.

I would guess that the Captain looks more like my photo than yours, but I could be wrong.

It doesn't matter, he's about to spend 3 years with a nice looking gal and he appears to be a happy fellow.

Whichever picture is accurate, I wish them both smooth sailing.

87 posted on 04/22/2007 12:11:54 PM PDT by Overseez
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To: ASOC
I give it 3 months.

Or one missed menstrual cycle - whichever comes first.

88 posted on 04/22/2007 12:25:22 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: Abathar
Acquaintances David and Daniel Hays know of this adventure in a much smaller craft and scale... My Old Man and the Sea.

From what I have read about Stowe/Ahmad, spiritually the couple may have a chance. But I would never, ever attempt a voyage of this magnitude with a greenhorn. In an emergency, any emergency, a new hand is going to be completely worthless. And there will be emergencies.

Sounds like Stowe is having a midlife crisis ... the kind where a guy goes out and buys a Corvette. There aren't very many records to break, so this may be his chance. [/very opinionated opinion]

89 posted on 04/22/2007 3:59:58 PM PDT by Daffynition (What makes the universe so hard to comprehend is that there's nothing to compare it with.)
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To: ErnBatavia

See my post 61.


90 posted on 04/22/2007 10:11:42 PM PDT by ASOC (Yeah, well, maybe - but can you *prove* it?)
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To: Abathar

Just checking in ... have they returned to port yet?


91 posted on 04/26/2007 11:04:22 AM PDT by Daffynition (“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.”)
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To: rainbow sprinkles
Hehehe, nope not yet. The navy buzzed them in a plane and told them to get out of their live fire exercise area though, seemed to explain to them why there wasn't any other ships anywhere near them.

I had to chuckle at that, she has already got sea sick once during a little blow, complaining about the lose stuff bouncing around the cabin. If we start a pool my bet is >180 days tops.

92 posted on 04/26/2007 11:33:51 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: Abathar
LOL ... you think that long? I'll wager you a bottle of dramamine that it will be closer to 30 days.

I've done a fair amount of sailing in my time and there is NO way I would take a new hand. [/ shaking head in disbelief]

93 posted on 04/26/2007 12:05:00 PM PDT by Daffynition (“The existence of the sea means the existence of pirates”)
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To: nomorelurker

selfping for later


94 posted on 04/26/2007 2:36:44 PM PDT by nomorelurker (wetraginhell)
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To: rainbow sprinkles
You wanted to know if they quit yet, well seems they went to bed and got woken up rudely when they collided with a freighter in the middle of the Atlantic, so its in to shore for repairs...
95 posted on 05/09/2007 9:37:46 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: Abathar
You wanted to know if they quit yet, well seems they went to bed and got woken up rudely when they collided with a freighter in the middle of the Atlantic, so its in to shore for repairs...

It's kinda hard to hit the sack together and still keep someone on watch. Too damn funny.

96 posted on 05/09/2007 9:41:24 AM PDT by dirtboy (JimRob's 12th Commandment: Thou shall not trash actual pubbies on FR to pimp false pubbies)
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To: Reeses

You can’t see it in that pic, but I’m betting there is a pony tail on the back of the Sailor man’s head.

I’m just sayin’...


97 posted on 05/09/2007 9:48:50 AM PDT by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: Abathar
A three year trip?

That is utter insanity. Why would anyone even WANT to do that?
98 posted on 05/09/2007 9:58:31 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: dirtboy
I always thought that these days they have small radar units that will beep if anything gets too close. I sure as heck wouldn’t want to go to sleep and just let the thing drift around and have to rely on the other guy to miss you.
99 posted on 05/09/2007 10:07:58 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: Abathar

There still ain’t no substitute for a set of eyes.


100 posted on 05/09/2007 10:12:58 AM PDT by dirtboy (JimRob's 12th Commandment: Thou shall not trash actual pubbies on FR to pimp false pubbies)
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