Figure 8 Voyage - Q&A session with captain Randall Reeves
In preparations of his Figure 8 Voyage, captain Randall Reeves answers to recent questions from Facebook friends.
Q: All these posts about planning. What are you planning for?
A: The Figure 8 Voyage. An attempt to circumnavigate the Americas and Antarctica in one season in a small boat. ALONE. It’s about 40,000 miles or twice the circumference of the globe. Never been done before. www.figure8voyage.com.
Q: Wow. When do you leave?
A: On or around Oct. 15, I'll sail out under San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and turn south. In other words, I depart in less than a month.
Q: Why are you packing so much food when you can stop along the way for fresh supplies.
A: I’m not stopping, at least not until I get to Greenland…about 30,000 miles and 10 months from now.
Q: When do you pass through the Panama Canal for the first time.
A: Not going through Panama. I’m sailing all the way to the southern tip of South America, to Cape Horn, and circumnavigating Antarctica—then am heading up the Atlantic to the Arctic and won’t stop till I get there.
Q: How many crewmembers are you taking with you?
A: No crew. Alone. Sailors call it Singlehanding. I call it fun.
Q: Is it safe?
A: No. But then your life isn’t that safe either.
Q: Where do you anchor at night?
A: No anchoring. The boat sails itself 24-hours a day.
Q: How do you power the microwave oven?
A: No microwave. No fridge. No freezer. No electronic watermaker. No waterpumps. No showers. Think rice, beans and canned foods. And lots of baby wipes.
Q: Game of Thrones?
Q: What are you most afraid of?
A: Let’s talk about that later...
Q: What are you most looking forward to?
A: The giant Wandering Albatross in the Southern Ocean. The icebergs of Greenland.
Q: What will you miss most:
A: 1) my wife; 2) my wife; 3) slow dinners at home; 4) red tailed hawks; 5) baseball.
Q: How can I follow along?
A: 1) Stay tuned to this Facebook Page. After departure, I will be posting updates and videos from sea here. 2) Visit www.figure8voyage.com for voyage logs, photos, and videos.
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