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Old 08-29-2014, 09:31 AM   #981
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Congratulations Richard! So many of us sit and dream of a trip like this but you have planned and executed that dream; Well Done! Thank you for bringing us all along!
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:32 AM   #982
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BRAVO ZULU to you Sir.
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:04 AM   #983
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Congratulations, Richard and Dauntless. Well done!
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:22 AM   #984
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Congratulations,

Big Dreams

Big Ocean

Big Balls

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Thanks for allowing us on board , through this journey of yours.
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:40 AM   #985
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A special thanks to our "TF Communicators" who stayed in contact with Richard, and passed along the text messages. Voyages like this can turn from boredom to terror in an instant. This method of communication I feel kept from overloading Richard with messages. Great job guys.
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:50 AM   #986
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Epic! Bz!!!
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:07 AM   #987
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Congratulations !!!!!

I have followed this thread from the beginning. I am sure that
it's not ended yet.

To (maybe) give you an idea of what it has meant to some of us;

In 1969 there was a fantastic journey made, people around the
world were "addicted" to their new
s reporters.
I was working in a pulp mill, operations were going well, the crew
kept me on the phone to my wife for constant running updates
on the progress of the trip. Much cheering and celebration when the
foot stepped onto the moon!

So now I say "HOORAWWW !!!!"

On a lighter note, my wife picked me up after work.
On the drive home our son, approximately 2 1/2 years old, started to
crying, "They broked it. They broked it." He pointed at the moon.
It was not a full moon that night!

All said and done, great trip, but I think I'll stay on this coast.

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Old 08-29-2014, 11:21 AM   #988
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As an addendum:
Try explaining astronomy to a 2 1/2 year old!
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:03 PM   #989
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I hope Richard took some comfort in knowing we were all following his progress. If he had gotten into trouble there wasn't much we could do but at least our collective knowledge would have been available to him.

The technology that allowed us to follow him just blows me away.
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Hopefully he will give a summary of what worked well and what didn't and what he would do differently.
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The technology that allowed us to follow him just blows me away.
Agreed.

The fact that we could follow Dauntless across the ocean while sitting at home or work, heck with smart phones, we could check her position virtually, pun intended, from anywhere. Amazing.

The reality of being able to read weather data from the US, as well as Ireland and the UK, AND then be able to send that info to a guy bouncing around on a boat thousands of miles away is amazing. Or Magic.

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Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
So said A. C. Clarke.

What is even freakier to realize is that the technology/magic we were using was NOT the best we could have been using. But it got the job done 160 characters at a time.

If Richard had deep pockets he could have streamed us video of the 15 foot seas.

Even though I work with technology every single day, it still amazes me. My kids, not so much.

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I hope Richard took some comfort in knowing we were all following his progress. If he had gotten into trouble there wasn't much we could do but at least our collective knowledge would have been available to him.

The technology that allowed us to follow him just blows me away.
Too true... Collective knowledge can be a godsend. That is exactly why I'm here (versus some of the other sites) as the breadth and willingness to share what's known sets TrawlerForum apart from others.

And the Dauntless voyage has been epic. I'm glad she arrived safely in port. It's been a long journey and one that has firmly placed Dauntless into my vocabulary.

Thank you Richard and Julie for allowing me to take the trip with you. It's been a nail biter, and I am pleased all is well.

Congratulations.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:25 PM   #993
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On a lighter note, my wife picked me up after work.
On the drive home our son, approximately 2 1/2 years old, started to
crying, "They broked it. They broked it." He pointed at the moon.
It was not a full moon that night!

That's funny. My daughter was looking at the moon on a night trip we made many eons ago, and she thought the moon was following us. After all, other things went past us, or we passed them, but the moon always stayed up with us. Makes sense to a three year old I guess.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:32 PM   #994
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A special thanks to our "TF Communicators" who stayed in contact with Richard, and passed along the text messages. Voyages like this can turn from boredom to terror in an instant. This method of communication I feel kept from overloading Richard with messages. Great job guys.
Double ditto!
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Too true... Collective knowledge can be a godsend. That is exactly why I'm here (versus some of the other sites) as the breadth and willingness to share what's known sets TrawlerForum apart from others.

And the Dauntless voyage has been epic. I'm glad she arrived safely in port. It's been a long journey and one that has firmly placed Dauntless into my vocabulary.

Thank you Richard and Julie for allowing me to take the trip with you. It's been a nail biter, and I am pleased all is well.

Congratulations.
Janice, not to take away anything from Richard's
journey but I must address the fact that your
decision to live aboard your boat as you've done is just as inspiring
to me as well. Dauntless (fearless) comes in many shapes
and sizes. Yours is as amazing to me for different reasons. IMO we must remember to be open minded to the many inspiring stories which surround us every day. Oceanic passages as well as individuals who demonstrate character and strength from the perspective of this armchair. It seems that all too
often the pace of life today has us less in awe of things
that just several years ago would be unbelievable.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:48 PM   #996
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Richard,
Congratulations doesn't quite sum it up but as you know sometimes words aren't enough. Bravo!!!!
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I don't know about you guys, but for me that was a long stressful passage to say the least. I'm looking forward to getting some rest finally and relaxing. I might even have a tuna sandwich for lunch today.

Gee, I wonder how that Richard fellow is doing.

Anyway, these long ocean passages can really take it out of a guy. This is a strange strange world we live in. I honestly feel like I went through something this week.
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And now some epic SLEEP!!

Will he get up before the sun goes down??????
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Old 08-29-2014, 01:38 PM   #999
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Ok. Guys and gals, it's me.

I arrived at 01:30 this morning at Castletownbere. My new found friends Karel and Mi Jong, had had talked with Harbor Master and I had an easy dock space on a floating pier.

They were also waiting for me at that ungodly hour. Which was nice as I was exhausted and a bit sea sick, after two days of hellicious weather.

In fact, Castletownbere is home to 100 fishing boats and not one of them had been out the last two days.

In the last 12 hours, wx got continually worse, eventually building to 40kt winds and 12 to 15 foot waves.

When it became dark, the last 6 hours was the worst part of the entire passage.

Winds and waves were about 30 aft of my port beam. most of the time Dauntless would ride over the wave, even on her beam, with minor, 5 roll, but about every minute or so, the boat would be hit in such a combination that the stbd side was still heeled over when the second wave hit, which would cause the boat to slide down the face of the wave at 20 - 30 heel, then as the essentially broke under the boat, there works would be massive white water, sometimes coming over the stbd cap rail, but then she would roll onto even keel.

Every 5 minutes or so, while the boat was heeled over, a wave would break almost on her exposed port side hull, causing this big bang like I'd hit a rock.

Finally I accepted that Dauntless was handling these conditions far better than I and the was nothing I could do to make it better. (I'd already many different options gut course, speed and even auto pilot settings).

Thy last hour, crossing Bantry Bay, I even had heavy spray hit the pilot house windows, though a few times, the wind was blowing so hard that I saw spray illuminated by the forward nav light go straight across the bow and hardly wet anything.

In the end I just had to trust the Jim Krogen design and the Chien Hwa boat builders knew how to build a boat that could take me anywhere.

Adding to my stress, earlier that day, I thought I had about 10 to 20 gallons of fuel in the stbd tank, that I held as a reserve, while running from the port tank, I discovered that there was water in that tank.

Do now, not only did I have no reserve, but it wasn't clear to me if this was a Horta (only this tank was filled in Horta) problem or a decks awash issue.

So, when all is said and done, I really appreciated all the massive support I got from YOU folks. It did really help and I had so many people volunteer to help on any east they could.

Note, my InReach stopped giving me messages after 21:00 Z. It notified me of a msg, but no message. I'm grateful it happened so late because I really did need your help in just being there if nothing else.

Lastly, during the worst of it, water in the fuel, Paravane pole bent, I pictured the grief I would get, "oh yeah, we knew this guy, went almost all the way to Europe, but couldn't make the last 20 miles."
I'd live in infamy like the Buffalo Bills because of one little field goal.

I couldn't be the Marv Levy of Trawler Forum.

Thanks
As I recover, details to follow.

Update, my friends just showed me thier PocketGrib data, which correlates my locations with current weather.

As I passed Mizen Head at midnight, waves were 5.4 meters. sometimes it's best not to know.
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I don't know about you guys, but for me that was a long stressful passage to say the least. I'm looking forward to getting some rest finally and relaxing. I might even have a tuna sandwich for lunch today.

Gee, I wonder how that Richard fellow is doing.

...
Richard is having some pie. He really wants a pecan pie. Not sure if he is going to get pecan pie in Ireland though.

I looked for a place in the town he is anchored that could supply Mayo and Pie but I was not having much luck. I had some ideas but figured until he checks in it might be hard to get on board his boat.

Later,
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