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Posted by abeodbart September 30, 2010 at 8:23 am

“A hapless sailor named ‘Captain Calamity’ has destroyed his catamaran after flipping it for the 13th time while attempting to ride Britain’s biggest wave. Glenn Crawley, 55, has repeatedly flipped his catamaran ‘Mischief’ and cost the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) £30,000 in a string of rescues. The retired electrician and engineer began sailing the boat in 2003 and was forced to dial 999 three times in the first year alone. Since then RNLI crews have been called out on a further nine occasions after Mr Crawley’s catamaran turned over, at a cost of at least £2,500 per rescue. Officials have pleaded with him to give up sailing, with local coastguards calling him ‘Captain Calamity’.

Mr Crawley’s seafaring antics now look over after he crashed his boat for the 13th time in seven years. The 18ft boat has been left in pieces after he attempted to ride Britain’s biggest wave, known as the Cribbar, at Fistral Beach in Newquay. Mr Crawley tried to sail along the wave, dubbed ‘The Widow Maker’, but his vessel was hit by a giant wall of water and flipped over. Despite admitting that Mischief is gone, Mr Crawley warned he could soon be back at sea, he still insists he is a ”man of the water” and says his ”extreme sailing” is pushing the boundaries of maritime adventure.

Mr Crawley said: ”People race cars or climb mountains but no one gets on their case. ”I’m the first one to admit I make the occasional mistake but you have to put it in context. People are so keen to criticise, they need to look at the big picture. I’m out there taking risks. I’m pushing the limits and seeing what can be done. ”I do what no one else is doing. So I’d appreciate it if people would get off my case and give me some support. ”If you don’t capsize, you’re not trying hard enough. Go hard or go home, that’s my motto. I’m always going hard. The sea by its very nature is unpredictable. I’m going through a never-ending learning curve. ”Anyway I’ll have a new boat after Christmas. They’re not that expensive. We’re not talking about the Titanic here.””

Read more at The Telegraph

September 30, 2010 at 8:31 am
englandsnumber6 says:

This dimbass has to remember that the critisism from people who race cars etc also have huge insurance premiums, so this idiot should take out a special policy (because lets face it, this bloke it definately a special) to stop the waste of lifeguards time and resources.

September 30, 2010 at 10:26 am
Ian says:

Crazy. You don’t hear mountaineers say if I don’t fall off a mountain I’m not trying hard enough. Sailing is about keeping your vessel upright. Otherwise you are a submariner!

September 30, 2010 at 12:12 pm
Bletherskite says:

I hope he is having to pay back the costs of these multiple rescues. If he is constantly capsising through lack of care, good sailing and sheer foolhardiness rather than just bad luck then he should be liable. The lifeboat crews and coastguards are overstreched enough.

September 30, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Hazel says:

If money is not a problem, then why does he not give his rescuers £5,000 after each accident and support them in the great work they do throughout the year. If he does that then people should let him do whatever floats his boat (or not in his case)

September 30, 2010 at 3:38 pm
roz says:

ya gotta be pretty talented to flip a catamaran!

September 30, 2010 at 4:31 pm
mike says:

pushing boundaries is a good argument and should not be put down. We’d all be back in the dark ages if people just gave up on the first failure. As long as he pays the costs, we should let him be.


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