Saturday, December 29, 2012

15 Miles

Well, there's still time for a little end of the year dumbassery to occur.  And it has.  What we have here is a kayaker who was going to kayak from Bodega Bay (that's kinda by San Francisco) all the way to Hawaii.  That was his plan.  It didn't go so well.  According to the Petaluma Press Democrat, said kayaker had to be rescued a little bit into his journey. Just a little bit.  Yeah, he made it fifteen nautical miles before radioing for help. 

Now, a nautical mile is a little bit farther than an actual mile because it's my understanding that it's based upon longitude or latitude (or both, it wasn't overly clear) because of some sort of arc and something whatever, but the point here is that it isn't much farther than a regular mile.  It's not like one nautical mile is fifty regular miles.  No, they're pretty close to the same.  So the guy gets fifteen miles out and needs help.  This cannot end well. 

As you can see from the link above, the article is quite brief, so it's not clear why his vessel was taking on water.  Nor is it clear as to why he thought that he could do this is what sounds to be a crappy kayak.  Do you know how far it is from San Francisco to Hawaii?  Far.  It's far on a freaking plane where you sit down and do no paddling.  By kayak, it's going to feel a hell of a lot farther than it is when you're on a plane.  We're talking something like 2,500 miles.  The guy couldn't even make it one percent of the way there before everything went to hell.  You'd be paddling for months, wouldn't you??  How are you going to be able to do that on a kayak?  Well, whatever the answer is, don't ask this guy.  He clearly hasn't thought this through very much.  Fifteen miles?  Geez. I could go fifteen miles and I know very little about kayaking to Hawaii!  This guy must have had some sort of a plan, right?  And that's still as far as he could make it?!  I'm surprised that this turned out as well as it did with him being rescued and all.  Usually things like this which seem horribly thought out (if thought out at all) tend to end with a predictable death.  Well, if he tries it again, at least we'll have that to look forward to! 




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