Monday, January 11, 2010

Sea Shepherd stupidity assessed

Tim Blair, always worth reading, notes the absurdity of the nimble Ady Gil gettting run down by the much slower and far less agile Shonan Maru 2:

It is possible that one day Usain Bolt might find himself getting run over by a freight train.

Not probable, of course, but it is within the realms of possibility. For such a scenario ever to befall the Olympic champion and world 100m and 200m record holder, however, he would have to make a remarkable number of extremely poor decisions.

These would culminate in a final decision to delay evasive action until it was too late. In the case of Usain, that would be very late indeed. The Jamaican can cover ten metres from standstill in just 1.7 seconds, which is one reason he has thus far avoided any freight-related mishaps.

It’s also helpful that Jamaica transports barely anything by rail. All of which brings us to last week’s Southern Ocean clash beween the Shonan Maru 2, a lumbering, 500-tonne security vessel accompanying Japanese whaling vessels, and the Ady Gil, an ocean racer operated by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Over the weekend I intended to write up a similar scenario but lacking Blair's writing flair couldn't pull it off. That's why writing isn't my day job.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

the ady gil is the lessagile watercraft.
the shonan maru has a rudder to steer.
the ady gil needs to steer with 2 engines.
the ady gil was build for speed and not for agility.

8:01 AM  
Anonymous JF Beck said...

Twin stern-drives make the Ady Gil less agile than the Shonan Maru 2? Nope, I reckon the Ady Gil could out turn the Shonan Maru 2.

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, it does, the ady gil was build to go straight.
not to turn.

8:32 AM  
Anonymous ev425128 said...

Then perhaps they should have gone straight - about ten seconds earlier.


9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they were on they roof of the boat when the shonan maru approaches them, the didn't had time to start up the engines.

10:37 PM  
Anonymous ev425128 said...

Ummm, perhaps the idiots should have, you know, kept a look-out.

Or just listened to the bloody noisy horn being blown at them.

There is no reason at all that they couldn't get out of the way. Apart from the fact that they didn't want to.

6:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society are the heroes of the conservation world.

After reading your rubbish I can only assume that you are trying to get attention for yourself.
You probably have nothing better to write about.

If you continue to write about this topic it would be nice if you got your facts straight and reported them accurately and honsestly.

3:24 AM  
Anonymous Dan Lewis said...

"Sea Shepherd Conservation Society are the herpes of the conservation world."

There. Fixed that for you.

7:14 AM  

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