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This cracked me up

Discussion in 'YachtForums Yacht Club' started by Garry Hartshorn, Sep 6, 2007.

  1. Garry Hartshorn

    Garry Hartshorn Senior Member

    Jun 14, 2005
    Directly above the center of the earth
  2. YachtForums

    YachtForums Administrator

    Dec 22, 2002
    South Florida

    I didn't get a chance to read the article before my browser was hi-jacked. To double check, I went back to the site and it happened again.

    To anyone clicking the above link... BEWARE.
  3. AMG

    AMG YF Moderator

    Jul 26, 2004
    On my Mac, it was OK, I hope! :eek: Anyway, very funny comments..:D
  4. Garry Hartshorn

    Garry Hartshorn Senior Member

    Jun 14, 2005
    Directly above the center of the earth
    Sorry about that Carl, I didn't have a problem and I just checked it again. Maybe the hijaker likes you.
  5. K1W1

    K1W1 Senior Member

    Sep 30, 2005
    My Office

    Here is the text for anyone who has difficulty opening the original link.

    The only picture missing is one of the yachtsman himself.

    The source of this is the link posted by Garry in Post No 1.

    British Yachtsman Who Counted On Global Warming to Cross Arctic Now Trapped by Ice
    By P.J. Gladnick | September 4, 2007 - 08:00 ET

    In one of the most hilarious cases of being tripped up by dubious scientific hype, British yachtsman Adrian Flanagan attempted to be the first to sail across the arctic north of Russia. He based his hope on the fact that he believed in the Global Warming propaganda that the arctic is rapidly losing its ice thus making his trip possible. One little problem. Cold cruel reality has crushed the Global Warming hype and now Flanagan's boat is trapped by ice in the arctic. To add to the irony, Flanagan who seems to be destined to go down in history as Wrong Way Flanagan, is now pleading with Russian authorities to provide him with the services of a nuclear powered icebreaker to get him out of his embarrassing situation.

    As recently as August 18, Wrong Way Flanagan's hopes were still high that he could sail across the arctic north of Russia. Moscow News announced his trip in an article ironically titled, Global Warming is Here.

    A British yachtsman, Adrian Flanagan, is due shortly to head off from Chukotka to attempt the first solo sail through the Northern Sea Route.

    While one Chukotka port official described this as "kamikaze," Flanagan too is optimistic. Contacted by AFP he said that the ice looked set to recede at least as far as in 2005, which was a record year. But while some see opportunities, others are already counting the costs of climate change.

    Flash forward to today and we can see the sticky situation that Wrong Way Flanagan put himself into by placing his faith in Global Warming to clear his path in the arctic as chronicled by Australia's Herald Sun in an article with the sobering title of Ice blocks British solo sailor:

    A BRITISH yachtsman attempting the first solo Arctic sea passage across northern Russia was examining his options after heavier than expected ice blocked his route, his manager said.

    Adrian Flanagan is discussing with Russian authorities the possibility of using a nuclear-powered icebreaker to lift his boat out of the water and carry it round the most icebound stretch of Russia's Northern Sea Route.

    ...He had hoped that his 11m reinforced yacht would be able to get all the way to Europe due to lighter ice conditions observed in recent years, thought to be a result of global warming.

    But after making his way through the Chukchi, East Siberian and Laptev Seas, Flanagan has been forced to a halt by heavy ice at the most difficult point in the route, the Vilkitsky Strait.

    ...Flanagan is now anchored by an island just east of the Vilkitsky Strait, still hoping for the ice to clear but working on the backup plan, his manager said.

    She described the yachtsman's mood as “pretty fed-up”.

    Besides the arctic ice, Wrong Way Flanagan now appears to have another problem. Remember those polar bears that Global Warming activists were warning us were endangered? Well, it now seems that the tables have been turned and those endangered polar bears are now endangering Flanagan:

    Ostrov Peschanyy is a bleak, featureless island that is little more than a sand spit rising a few metres above sea level. It's a resting place for walrus and Western Arctic Marine Operations HQ have advised Adrian to keep a careful watch for polar bears hunting walrus there.

    So as Wrong Way Flanagan, who has turned himself into a Global Laughingstock on the altar of Global Warming, remains trapped in the arctic perhaps someone would be kind enough send him a copy of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth for him to pass the time while waiting for the ice to melt and for the endangered polar bears to go away.

    UPDATE: Charles Henrickson, who is a Lutheran pastor in the St. Louis area as well as a master of song parody, has written The Ballad of Flanagan's Ice to the tune of The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle:

    Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale
    A tale of a stupid schmuck
    Who thought he'd sail through Arctic seas
    Without his getting stuck

    His name is Wrong Way Flanagan
    A name that Nature dealt
    He bought the global warming crap
    And bet the ice would melt
    And bet the ice would melt

    The weather started getting cold
    The ice began to form
    And soon Wrong Way began to see
    The globe is not that warm
    The globe is not that warm

    It's been an Inconvenient Tour
    And Wrong Way's paid the price
    His yacht is stuck in dire straits
    Conditions, not so nice
    The polar bears are hungry too
    Here on Flanagan's Ice!
  6. techmati

    techmati Senior Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    Athens, Greece
    hmm at least he had the balls to try it.
  7. Codger

    Codger YF Wisdom Dept.

    May 29, 2005
    Western Canada
    And I'm sure that the local bruin will find them a tasty snack.
  8. PropBet

    PropBet Senior Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    Is Everything!
    How's this for irony.
  9. Castlerock

    Castlerock Senior Member

    Aug 30, 2006
    New England
    There is no proof that Nuclear Power has contributed to global warming.
  10. OutMyWindow

    OutMyWindow Senior Member

    Jul 5, 2006
    Good news for "real" mariners...

    LONDON (Reuters) - The Arctic's Northwest Passage has opened up fully because of melting sea ice, clearing a long-sought but historically impassable route between Europe and Asia, the European Space Agency said.

    Sea ice has shrunk in the Arctic to its lowest level since satellite measurements began 30 years ago, ESA said, showing images of the now "fully navigable" route between the Atlantic and the Pacific.

    A shipping route through the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic has been touted as a possible cheaper option to the Panama Canal for many shippers.

    "We have seen the ice-covered area drop to just around 3 million square km," said Leif Toudal Pedersen of the Danish National Space Centre, describing the drop in the Arctic sea ice as "extreme."

    The figure was about 1 million sq km (386,870 sq miles) less than previous lows in 2005 and 2006, Pedersen added.

    The Northeast Passage through the Russian Arctic remained partially blocked, but in the light of the latest developments it may well open sooner than expected, Pedersen said.

    Polar regions are very sensitive to climate change, ESA said, noting that some scientists have predicted the Arctic would be ice free as early as 2040.

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  11. KCook

    KCook Senior Member

    Jun 24, 2005
    Err, I wonder if they can safely make the same speeds in that passage as on the open ocean?

  12. tyrusg

    tyrusg New Member

    Nov 27, 2005
    central coast, calif.
    i remorsed that nancy pelosi, barbara boxer, diane feinstein, carol migden and lynn woolsey weren't crew...