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Get a fucking life!!!

08 February 2005

British 28-year old Ellen MacArthur has just broken the record for sailing solo around the world non-stop. Quite an achievement for the tiny woman she is. She got no more than 15 minutes sleep on some nights, burnt herself on a generator and bruised her entire body. Sails weight more than 100 kilos and sometimes she had to change them 10 times in a day.

No matter what you think of the fact she went out in a boat on her own, there is no denying that it is one hell of an achievement. I would not call this woman a hero but I recognise it is an extraordinary achievement.

But listening to the phone-inns on BBC Radio, people are divided into 2 camps: those who can see the enormous willpower it takes to be no your own for 2 months at sea, and those who are just sad losers who are jealous of other people realising their dreams. Some comments:

"The law says you need to be in control of your boat at all times. If she was alone and has slept at any time during the time at sea, she broke the law and should be arrested and lose her Master Sailor’s certificate."

"I could do what Ellen did. All I need is a little more training. How hard can it be with all the computers on board."

"She has potentially put lives at risk. What if she had needed rescuing? She should be made to pay for any services she has used from the tax payer’s money."

"I am disgusted at how much time the BBC spends on a woman who gets to play on a boat, doing her hobby. I get to work everyday, that requires willpower as well."


GET A FUCKING LIFE PEOPLE!!! So you don’t care. Then don’t care. Don’t watch. And for all those who say they could easily do it: go on then. Do it. Show us how easy it is.
I don’t give a rat’s arse about sailing or Ellen MacArthur. But it does not take away from the fact that I admire her willpower and determination. I know I would have given up after the first storm. But in England, people rather spend time admiring Wayne Rooney who can swear like a trooper and yelled Fuck at a referee 20 times in 1 minute last week. Now THERE is a true sports hero! Duh.

Fucking cynical cunts they are over here.

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