Reza Beluchi is one of those fruitcakes but he did not even come close to a Darwin Award, after his first failed attempt and rescue he tried again: http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/25/us/bubble-man-rescue/
What separates those that succeed in their endeavor and those that fail?
1. Preparedness? Bob Bitchin said "The difference between an adventure and an ordeal is attitude".
2. Luck? See number 6
3. Is it a matter of tolerance/intolerance? Either physical, mental , and/or cultural
4. Fear or Courage? Fear and courage that is healthy or fear and courage that puts one at risk.
5. Cultural Responsivity? http://hubpages.com/education/How-to-Accept-and-Respect-other-Cultures
6. Perhaps the "Laws of Attraction" are in play? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_attraction_(New_Thought)
There are a lot of couples out there cruising the worlds waterways and oceans. Most are not on an expedition, they are just out there wandering around and often wondering at their own ability to actually be so independent far away from the modern resources we all become accustomed to and take for granted on a daily basis. They develop a shared tolerance for each challenge they come upon in their travels. The person that is least tolerant tempers the other, the one that is most tolerant stretches the other. They sort of meet somewhere in the middle, thus the shared tolerance for anything perceived as different. They will also form some type of shared cultural responsivity. I think both fear and courage come into play. If that is true then certainly the Laws of Attraction have a big foothold in anyone's experience.
For instance due to the "Cruisers Net" many sailing around from island to island form a image of what to expect at their next destination due to the advice and warnings from those that come before them. The cruisers net is most helpful for navigation and weather reports but less valuable when it comes to how to interact with the culture that you are about to experience. Often the advice comes from some arrogance or fear rather than acceptance and respect. It is not uncommon to read sailing blogs that complain of the treatment they received on some Caribbean island and then read another's account who had a fantastic experience. Cruisers as a class are pretty tolerant and resourceful in general but sometimes they allow their "privilege" to rear its ugly head in someone else's country. Here comes the Law of Attraction.
In a more extreme example there are certainly countries where extreme poverty and or lack of government create hostile environments for your average cruising couple. Here is a map for 2016 on Piracy risk by nation: http://nyainternational.com/sites/default/files/nya-publications/Kidnap-Piracy-Map-2016.pdf A few years ago there were a couple of reported incidents on private yachts in Venezuela. The SSCA or Seven Seas Cruisers Association issued a bulletin warning all cruisers to avoid Venezuela. However I read in in the same year some cruisers had uneventful and even excellent experiences cruising Venezuela. One couple cruised Venezuela purposely, the other couple were forced into Venezuela by storms when they intended not to. My guess is these people had the tolerance of Slocum and Ladd and fit into the Venezuelan culture without pissing anyone off and they were smart enough not to put themselves in compromising positions.
|The Royal Caribbean's "Explorer of the Seas" leaving May 18, Seattle to Alaska. At 1,025' it is the largest cruise ship to visit the West coast.|
Soon we will be able to restart our wandering aboard Wand'rin Star. For at least the next year or so our wandering will be confined to day or weekend trips as our second Pacific Northwest grandchild is due in November. We may even squeeze out a short voyage up to the San Juan Islands in the not to distant future.
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Just taking a stab but I think the wonder comes before the wander