Sunk by Hurricane Maria and Irma, Sailing Paradise Lost

The sailing paradises of the Virgin Islands, Florida Keys, and Puerto Rico have been ravaged by the category 5 hurricanes Maria and Irma. We survey their path of destruction and weigh the costs of these monster hurricanes. The Slow Boat Sailing podcast host Linus Wilson tells how Sailing Doodle’s boat Ruff Seas was dismasted in San Juan Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria and how Mark J. Reinhardt lost his moored boat in Key West to Hurricane Irma.

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All pictures and videos by Mark J. Reinhardt reproduced with his permission. Check out Sailing Doodles and Mark Reinhardts episodes 34 and 39 on the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast on apple podcasts, stitcher, or Google play for Android.

Bobby White from Sailing Doodles explains the dismasting of his sailboat at

The reporting on 2/3 of the boats in Boot Key Harbor in Marathon, Florida being destroyed is from

Capt. Mark J. Reinhardt estimated that 80 percent of the boats in the mooring field of Garrison Bite of Key West were wrecked in his interview on the Slow Boat Sailing podcast episode 39.
The Economist estimated that French and Dutch Saint Martin and the also the BVIs sustained damage from Irma in excess of their annual GDP at

Public domain U.S. military footage was from

2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season: Image of the Day
Courtesy Video

“The 2005 Atlantic Hurricane season broke record after record — most named storms, lowest pressure measured in the Atlantic, longest-lived December hurricane — and the list goes on.”

Coast Guard, British Royal Navy locate vessel near Vieques after Maria, rescue three

Video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley Johnson
U.S. Coast Guard District 7

“A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Clearwater, Florida, and a British Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay rescue helicopter crew coordinate the rescue of an adult female and two children from the vessel Ferrel near Vieques, Puerto Rico, Sept. 21, 2017. Coast Guard watchstanders received an alert via emergency position indicating radio beacon and then a distress call on Sept. 20 from the Ferrel stating they were disabled and adrift in 20-foot seas and 100-knot winds. (U.S. Coast Guard video)”

Video by Tech. Sgt. JosephJ Prouse
129th Rescue Wing

“Ariel footage of the Florida Keys region after the impact of Hurricane Irma”

Video by Petty Officer 1st Class Blake Midnight
Expeditionary Combat Camera

“Aerial footage of Hurricane Irma damage to the Virgin Islands. Irma sustained 185-mph winds for 37 hours, the longest any cyclone on the globe has maintained that intensity. U.S. military assets are on the ground and in the air supporting FEMA as well as state and local authorities in rescue and relief efforts. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Blake Midnight/Released)”

Video by 1st Lt. Lauren Hill
U.S. Northern Command

“Hasty B-Roll taken on the island of St. Thomas on Sept. 9, 2017. The video shows damage to the island caused by Hurricane Irma. (DoD video by: Capt. Lauren Hill, USAF / Released)”

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