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(Yahoo)   Englishman abandons quest for sailing around the world after taking 130 days to get out of the English Channel   ( divider line
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2003-02-21 12:27:29 AM  
Hey who among us hasn't taken 130 days to get out of the English Channel? Let's not judge Mr...yachtsman too harshly. All that damn water looks alike.
2003-02-21 12:38:20 AM  
I blame the French.
2003-02-21 12:38:27 AM  
After 130 days trying, Adrian Cross, has managed to sail his boat Gentoo no further than the French port of Brest, driven back by high winds.

So he surrendered in France.
2003-02-21 01:17:38 AM  
I blame the French, they surrendered on his behalf.
2003-02-21 01:43:05 AM  
Why do people continue to try to sail around the world? It's been done already. You're just putting yourself through a lot of crap for nothing.

Just take a plane for crissakes!
2003-02-21 02:59:01 AM  
Probably just trying to avoid dental work.
2003-02-21 03:29:30 AM  
Sailing is not really a sport.

I am looking forward to the Euro 2004 qualifiers, England v Turkey. April 2 if I am not mistaken.
2003-02-21 03:30:17 AM  
Anyone else find it...ironic that Mr. A. Cross couldn't get across?
2003-02-21 03:31:00 AM  
LOL The_entropy_kid
2003-02-21 03:37:57 AM  
"The English instinctively admire any man who has no talent and is modest about it."

-James Agate

So ... at least he won't get too much shiat about it at the pub ...
2003-02-21 03:40:25 AM  
I dont think he should be out on the open sea.
2003-02-21 03:41:24 AM  
GALATASARAY, How many England supporters are you Turks gonna stab to death?
2003-02-21 03:41:37 AM  
peisersoze: well observed
2003-02-21 03:44:07 AM  

Hopefully none. The England leg is played first, so it all depends on how many kebab shops they smash up.
2003-02-21 03:44:39 AM  
Well, not to be a stickler, but he did manage to get "A. Cross" - the channel. For the irony to really sink in, he'd have to change his name to "A. Round".
2003-02-21 03:44:49 AM  
mmmm Hmmmm.

That is all.
2003-02-21 03:50:08 AM  
When is the Turkey leg?
2003-02-21 03:55:01 AM  

/Nelson (obligatory)
2003-02-21 04:00:07 AM  
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2003-02-21 04:05:48 AM  
First man to sail around the world solo: Joshua Slocum from Briar Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.
2003-02-21 04:32:59 AM  
Hmmmmmm around the world. Naw!!! Think I'll just rip another bonger instead:)
2003-02-21 04:34:11 AM  
perhaps sailing is not your chosen profession. maybe you could be a diplomat or something in the athletics field
2003-02-21 04:42:35 AM  
He probably did it for tax reasons cause he could claim to be in international waters just to save himself £20 on income support. That or my imagination wonders too far on a Friday morning.
2003-02-21 05:06:53 AM  
Jay-Tea, by "international waters" you mean "still within 20 miles of England" right?
2003-02-21 05:14:12 AM  
Yeah, but he's English.
2003-02-21 05:20:30 AM  
"We've been like a cork in a washing machine"

2003-02-21 05:31:18 AM  
"Six Months In A Leaky Boat", Split Enz
2003-02-21 05:31:28 AM  

That's not as good as this - I translated some of my band's lyrics into Korean on the 'net, and back again. Look what happened:

Cold week pebble cravings
Your hand to you who ask easily -
Unknown to the sheep
2003-02-21 05:38:19 AM  
Sounds like Guided By Voices lyrics Goatman
2003-02-21 05:42:53 AM  
Goatman will you still visit Fark when you're famous!
2003-02-21 06:09:00 AM  
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2003-02-21 06:09:53 AM  
Goatman254 It helps to know the orignal lyrics/words to get a better understanding of the total fark up of double-back translations.
2003-02-21 06:11:00 AM  
Cormee No chance - I'll be way to busy meeting the big people and spending huge quantities of cash on worthless overpriced trinkets.

I'm going to exercise my inner bastard completely, and do things like employ people just so I can sack them, just to see the look on their faces.

I'm going to be like the unholy spawn of John Lydon's self-importance combined with Elton John's ego and Bono's preachiness. I can't wait!
2003-02-21 06:12:17 AM  
ClayParrot To be honest, what I just posted puts the originals to shame.
2003-02-21 06:59:56 AM  
when the French saw his sailing into thier post,
did they automatically feel inclined to surrender?
2003-02-21 07:00:52 AM  
it would be funnier if he were sailing into a french *port*
/still asleep
2003-02-21 07:04:53 AM  
The yacht's log repeatedly read: "A quick turn around and yes, you've guessed it, back in St Malo", the paper said.
It must be because he's an idiot. Only total asinine idiots actually use the phrase "You guessed it".
Most. Asinine. Phrase. Ever. Even more annoying than the stupid 'Most. Whatever. Ever.' idiotic phrase.
2003-02-21 07:12:35 AM  
why didn't he just sail the other way around?
2003-02-21 07:24:07 AM  
Imnotknow01, because he'd then be trying to plow his little boat straight through Europe.
2003-02-21 07:27:30 AM  
yea i guess he'd pretty much have to sail west, or drag his boat across the ice up in the arctic.
2003-02-21 07:48:26 AM  
At least he made it to Brest!
2003-02-21 08:02:26 AM  
How exactly does an oil slick stop a boat? If that were true, we'd never get my mates boat out of the polluted marina it's berthed in!
2003-02-21 08:13:09 AM  
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They'll be at the urine drinking stage by now.
2003-02-21 08:44:24 AM  
At least this dipstick didn't make it to Australia before he realised he was hopeless, and had to be rescued like Tony Bullimore and that French sheila (twice).
Around-the-world yachting is not a sport, it's a suicide attempt.
2003-02-21 08:45:31 AM  
"So you don't know the way to Calais, either..."

LOL @ Purple_Jack's Black Adder reference..
2003-02-21 09:08:15 AM  
Goatman: "I'm going to be like the unholy spawn of John Lydon's self-importance combined with Elton John's ego and Bono's preachiness."

I dunno Goatman. Many men have tried and have met unfortunate fates. Unless you manage to commandeer some stem cells from those three tossers.
If you do succeed, Celine Dion will release an order to have you put down because you will be the biggest diva evar!
2003-02-21 09:23:02 AM  
Kudos to Purple_Jack for the clever reference. :)
2003-02-21 11:57:31 AM  
This should have the "dumba$$" Tag on it.
2003-02-21 01:47:14 PM  
Hey...I've just announced that I will be making a trip to circumnavigate the just has taken me three months to get out of my room....
2003-02-21 02:32:32 PM  
Next attempt he will raise the anchor.
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