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Posted 24 March 2014 - 08:18 PM

From Cory's Facebook page.

Today marks another huge mile stone in getting ready for doing the Solo Trans=Tasman yacht race. Atom Ant passed it's Cat 1 inspection with flying colours. This is a huge achievement not only for me but for everyone involved. Thanks to everyone, my sponsors and everyone that has given up their time to help get the yacht to where it is. Tomorrow I start the first part of my challenge. The delivery down to New Plymouth and then the start of the race! To quote my hero, the man that has inspired me to what I am doing today.

"To win, you have to believe you can do it. You have to be passionate about it. You have to really "want" the result - even if this means years of work. The hardest part of any big project is to begin. We have begun - we are underway - we have a passion. We want to make a difference." Sir Peter Blake.

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 08:34 PM

My neice copied this onto FB today. I liked it.

It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you are ready.
I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything.
There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. So you may as well do it now.
Generally speaking now is as good a time as any.

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 12:22 AM

Do it now....
DO IT NOW !
Older people become wise, they spend their time planning, they study. They look to financial security. A few go.
Most come back.
A life time of work. A few months of something that is often just a pretend joy. A last ditch box ticked.....but the bones hurt, the phone calls from kids come in, the journeys end has a date..
Three years.....and a six month something...
The boat sits at the marina...it goes for a few trips after....
day sails...then reality causes the sale.....
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:) Please...dont have doubts. GO now.
If it dosnt work, blame this nut bag on the internet...at least you will have a chance to do something else later, instead of staring at your boat ....cleaning it...having the grand kids for a night....

The truth is, for all the boats, for all the people, for all the plans and dreams...very few actually do.
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Posted 25 March 2014 - 08:03 AM

Some might say that sailing is safer than flying at the moment.

I am sure most of the people who thought we were crazy/unsafe etc sailing around the world would get on a plane without a second thought.

My husband is also joining the solo race across the Tasman...leaving Auckland today. A few years difference in age ...40 odd!!! But the sea is a good leveller. :thumbup:

If you have a dream follow it many people cannot figure out when enough money is enough and when they do it is too late.
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Posted 25 March 2014 - 08:18 AM

Interestingly, pretty much everyone who has done stuff like this says "Go".

IMO you are never ready, it's never financially sensible (for almost everyone). If you have dreamed about something, Go, do it now! You never know how long you have got...

Apart from preset plans, the most common reasons for cruisers returning home was health, family (incl family health issues), financial or death! Many cruisers are getting on in years. Unfortunately several cruisers we met on or wanderings are no longer with us. Not all were over 65.....

The Solo Tasman was great fun, I'm sure the 2 sailors mentioned above will have a great time!

Jean, what boat is your husbands?
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There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing, as simply messing about in boats


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 09:53 AM

Alan is sailing Road Runner aYoung 11
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Posted 25 March 2014 - 11:19 AM

Kevin Roberts had an interesting rule; "Ready, fire, aim!
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Posted 25 March 2014 - 11:53 AM

There's always a reason not to do things. There's always an excuse for delaying things, but the hardest part is to do it anyway. You just have to throw off the dock lines and sail (which is rich coming from someone who wants to be out there but is currently making excuses for not being out there). :)
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Posted 26 March 2014 - 07:18 AM

I would like to quote every post here.
So much wisdom.
What a pity a shoe company stole "just do it"

Good luck to all involved, everyone else is jealous.
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Posted 26 March 2014 - 09:09 AM

Got a text from Cory at 1:30 this morning to say that he was at the Bay of Islands and continuing northward on his delivery voyage to New Plymouth. The nowcasting suggests he has a moderate SSW breeze to help him northward but forecasts suggest he'll have to deal with that SSW breeze once he gets over the top and heads southward again.
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