This guy: http://1000days.net/home/
He really did it. Built the boat, from scratch, from basically rebar and concrete and trees. Then met his stated goal of staying at sea for 1000 days without touching land. He grew sprouts, had sponsors donate other food, but wow, he really did it.
Yet he gets nothing but some really nasty derision and scorn from the “sailing community”. Link (which is subtitled “this is totally fucking ridiculous”): http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=52463&st=0 No, I don’t expect anyone to read this entire huge thread but you can pretty much click any page and get the feeling. Also the media almost ignored him as well.
I don’t understand the intense animosity. Sure they guy’s a pothead (but lots of cruisers are) and way out there, maybe even a little crazy. And true his g/f got preg, but they did the right thing getting her off the boat when seasickness might have endangered the baby. He continued to sail, alone for 2-whatever years, then sailed home and reunited with them.
Why isn’t he respected? Am I missing something?