Investigation: Rescued Sailor’s Story Has Several Holes by Linus Wilson

Hoax

On October 25, 2017, the USS Ashland rescued Hawaiian sailors Jennifer Appel and Natasha Fuiva from the sailboat SV Sea Nymph. They claimed to be adrift for five months unable to reach land. Many of the details of the story: 50-foot sharks, their battling of a force 11 storm, and the size of their boat do not check out.

  1. Ms. Appel claimed they hit a force 11 storm, which would pack winds of 64-72 miles per hour, off Hilo, Hawaii within a day of their May 3, 2017, departure from Honolulu.  Slow Boat Sailing looked at wind speed in Maui about the time of the storm and could find no such winds. Moreover, Slow Boat Sailing looked at NOAA’s records of storms in the Central North Pacific Region and found no records of storms, systems with winds of over 55 miles per hour near Hawaii or in that North Pacific region until July 2017. That contradicts the assertion of a 3-day storm soon after May 3, 2017, made by Ms. Appel.
  2. The author and Slow Boat Sailing has verified that the boat was 37-feet long according to US Coast Guard records. That is 13 feet shorter than they asserted. The boat was built in 1979 and was a Starratt & Jenks fiberglass yacht. The Sea Nymph was registered to Jennifer Appel of Haleiwa, Hawaii. It has 36.8-foot length, a 10.8 foot beam, and displaces 18 gross tons.
  3. Ms. Appel and Ms. Fuiva claimed that they could not hail anyone by way of VHF radio for three months. The author and Slow Boat Sailing has verified that they had an EPIRB device registered with the FCC  An EPIRB will notify rescuers of the vessel’s distress wherever it is in the world. The EPIRB was registered under the name of the vessel’s previous owner.
  4. Ms. Appel said their boat was attacked by tiger sharks as big as 50-feet long. Tiger sharks don’t grow longer than 18-feet long. Many species of sharks are endangered. Many sailboat cruisers enjoy diving with sharks and shark attacks are extremely rare. Slow Boat Sailing filmed sharks in Fakarava, Tuamotus while swimming with them.

Slow Boat Sailing Produced the following video looking at the videos and interviews by the US Navy. Slow Boat Sailing’s video questioned the judgement of Ms. Apppel, taking her statements as true. The video was produced prior to fact checking the statements above.

Dr. Linus Wilson earned his doctorate from Oxford University in financial economics in 2007. He is a USCG licensed “six-pack” captain, OUPV-Near Coastal. He has written three books about sailing, Slow Boat to the Bahamas, Slow Boat to Cuba, and How to Sail Around the World Part-Time. He is the creator of the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast and Slow Boat Sailing YouTube channel.  He has sailed over 10,000 nautical miles with his family and crew. He has sailed with family and volunteer crew on SV Contangothe Slow Boat” through the Panama Canal to Tahiti.

 

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1PM Eastern YouTube Live Hoax or Incompetence? 5 Months Adrift in a 50-Foot Sailboat on the Slow Boat Sailing Channel

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50-foot sharks attack the boat.
Could sail 4-5 knots, but could not reach land in 5 months.
Sailed through a 3-day hurricane near Hilo, Hawaii around May 3, 2017.
Sailed to the Cooks and are stopped by a 10-knot current.
Took a geiger counter aboard but could not pull an EPIRB or make a Sat Phone call.
We look at the fantastic voyage of the SV Sea Nymph and the statements by its captain and crew after they were rescued in the Pacific Ocean.

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5 Months Adrift! Really? Deep Dive

You’ll see extensive interviews of the two women rescued 5 months at sea on a 50-foot sailboat adrift in the Pacific Ocean. On May 23, 2017, Jennifer Appel and Natasha Fuiva and the dogs Valentine and Zues departed Oahu, Hawaii in the sailing vessel Sea Nymph bound for Tahiti. On October 25, 2017, they were rescued by the US Navy and Marines of the USS Ashland 900 miles from Japan. Listen to their harrowing story of survival at Sea. Captain Linus Wilson, OUPV-Inland the creator of the Slow Boat Sailing brings up unanswered questions in this deep dive into the disaster with extensive interviews with the survivors. They survived attacks from 50-foot whale sharks.
USS Ashland Renders Aid to Mariners 2
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USS Ashland (LSD 48) renders assistance to two distressed American mariners in the Pacific ocean, Oct. 25, whose sailboat had strayed well of its original course. Ashland was operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region on routine deployment when the received the message to help.
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Coast Guard responds to two search and rescue cases as Hurricane Irma approaches
CLEARWATER, FL, UNITED STATES
09.10.2017
Video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi
U.S. Coast Guard District 7
Crewmembers aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater rescue two boaters and their dog 100 miles south of Apalachicola, Florida, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. The boaters, aboard the sailboat Magnolia Wind, alerted the Coast Guard after loosing steering while en route for Mississippi to avoid Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi)
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170914-N-JN784-238 GUAM (September 9, 2017) A Sailor mans a 50-caliber machine gun on the fo‘c’sle as the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) passes the submarine tender USS Emery S. Land (AS 39) while underway in Guam. Ashland was in Guam for a scheduled voyage repair availability (VRAV) availability while Marines attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted unit level training ashore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alexandra Seeley/Released)
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AT SEA
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Interviews with mariners Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava, and Cmdr. Steve Wasson, USS Ashland commanding officer, about their rescue by the Sasebo-based amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) after their 50 foot sailboat, the “Sea Nymph” had strayed well off its original course and they were stranded at sea for several months.
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How to Get Your Wife to Sail Around the World

Many men who want to sail to distant ports have wives or significant others that are less eager to go sailing than their partner.

What can a guy do to convince his wife to cast off the dock lines? Linus Wilson who has sailed through the panama canal and in Tahiti with his wife gives you his tips. He also interviews the creators of Two Afloat Sailing Ryan and Nicole Levinson and Nick O’Kelly author or Get Her on Board – Secrets to Sharing the Cruising Dream:

Check out Two Afloat Sailing at:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs3WnQG-QeLq1ebfr0gBUhg

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Mantus Anchors is a corporate sponsor of this episode.
We will be running contest where our most loyal Patreon supporters can become part of our crew literally as we explore the paradise islands of the South Pacific.
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Our one Star or Executive Producer patron can join the crew without winning the drawing.
Patrons of the round the world vlog and podcast get bonus podcast episodes and free audiobooks of How to Sail Around the World Part-Time and Slow Boat to Cuba. They get never before released audiobook chapters of Slow Boat to the Bahamas. You can also get access to many podcasts and videos early as a patron.
Slow Boat to the Bahamas

Slow Boat to Cuba

and
How to Sail Around the World-Part Time

have been #1 sailing bestseller on Amazon.
Associate Producer, Anders Colbenson
Support the Slow Boat Sailing vlog and podcast at
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Sailboat Hit by a Whale Mid-Pacific S2E3

We were struck by a whale sailing across the Pacific Ocean. Watch the whole episode to see how we survived the direct hit!

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Patrons of the round the world vlog and podcast get bonus podcast episodes and free audiobooks of How to Sail Around the World Part-Time and Slow Boat to Cuba. They get never before released audiobook chapters of Slow Boat to the Bahamas. You can also get access to many podcasts and videos early as a patron.
Slow Boat to the Bahamas

Slow Boat to Cuba

and
How to Sail Around the World-Part Time

have been #1 sailing bestseller on Amazon.
Associate Producer, Anders Colbenson
Support the Slow Boat Sailing vlog and podcast at
https://www.patreon.com/slowboatsailing
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BOSTON – A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod helicopter crew rescues a father and son after their sailboat becomes disabled in a winter storm about 150 miles south of Nantucket, Mass. After navigating through low visibility and near hurricane force winds, the aircrew arrived on-scene and hoisted the men to safety. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod.)
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Sail the World 4 FREE

You can sail around the world for free. This video tells you how. You don’t need to buy a boat. You don’t need to know how to sail. You can hitchhike the seven seas for $0. Linus gives you the tips to get free room and board on a sailboat for as long as you want while you see exotic islands and travel the world.

This video debunks three myths about the costs of sailing around the world. The myths are:

  1. You need to buy a boat.
  2. You need to know how to sail.
  3. You need to have a lot of money.

If you are good at couchsurfing, you can sail around the world. The only skills or assets needed are a the skills of being a good guest. You need to learn the sailing seasons and my book, How to Sail Around the World-Part Time can help you with that.. Because boats often stop for parts and repairs, the crew hitchhiking the seven seas can actually move faster than the boats they crew on.

Subscribe to the Slow Boat Sailing YouTube channel to get season 2 in the crossing the Pacific and sail the Marquesas.

We use a Mantus Anchor and swivel on our boat. Get all your Mantus gear at http://www.mantusanchors.com/?affilia… Mantus Anchors is a corporate sponsor of this episode. We will be running contest where our most loyal Patreon supporters can become part of our crew literally as we explore the paradise islands of the South Pacific. http://www.Patreon.com/slowboatsailing Our one Star or Executive Producer patron can join the crew without winning the drawing. Patrons of the round the world vlog and podcast get bonus podcast episodes and free audiobooks of How to Sail Around the World Part-Time and Slow Boat to Cuba. They get never before released audiobook chapters of Slow Boat to the Bahamas. You can also get access to many podcasts and videos early as a patron. Slow Boat to the Bahamas https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018OUI1Q2/ Slow Boat to Cuba https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MFFX9AG and How to Sail Around the World-Part Time https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B0OFYNW/ have been #1 sailing bestseller on Amazon. Associate Producer, Anders Colbenson Support the Slow Boat Sailing vlog and podcast at https://www.patreon.com/slowboatsailing Subscribe to the podcast at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/s… http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/slow-… https://youtu.be/bb1Tk8P7E-U?list=PLm… On the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast Linus Wilson has interviewed the crew of Sailing SV Delos, WhiteSpotPirates (Untie the Lines), Chase the Story Sailing, Sailing Doodles, SV Prism, Sailing Miss Lone Star, and many others. Sign up for our free newsletter for access to free books and other promotions at http://www.slowboatsailing.com

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Copyright Linus Wilson, 2017

Ep. 39: Wrecked in Key West by Hurricane Irma, Capt. Mark J. Reinhardt Interviewed by Linus Wilson on the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast

Capt. Mark J. Reinhardt lost his moored boat in Key West to Hurricane Irma. 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 Slow Boat was moored in that same mooring field in 2015. Capt. Reinhardt sold everything and fixed up his Ericson 39 sailboat which he cruised the Bahamas in before settling in Key West. He rode out Hurricane Irma on a powerboat that he delivered to Fort Lauderdale. He then had a harrowing journey by sea getting back to his boat in Key West only to find his boat a total loss.

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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. Check out Sailing Doodles’ episodes 34 on the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast on apple podcasts, stitcher, or Google play for Android.

Check out Captain Mark J. Reinhardt’s book Off the Grid on Amazon

or

his Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/cody.jacks

Contact Captain Mark J. Reinhardt about deliveries via facebook messanger or the e-mail address on his book.

The reporting on 2/3 of the boats in Boot Key Harbor in Marathon, Florida being destroyed is from
http://www.flkeysnews.com/news/local/article174177101.html

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
https://www.economist.com/news/americas/21729007-region-must-adapt-climate-change-not-simply-rebuild-how-hurricane-irma-will-change

Other coverage of the hurricane disasters impact on boaters on the Slow Boat Sailing YouTube channel are below:

 

Subscribe to Slow Boat Sailing on YouTube to get season 2 in the crossing the Pacific and sail the Marquesas. The Slow Boat is struck by a whale in S2E3 premiering at 5PM NYC time on October 5, 2017.

We use a Mantus Anchor and swivel on our boat. Get all your Mantus gear at
http://www.mantusanchors.com/?affiliates=15
Mantus Anchors is a corporate sponsor of this episode.
We will be running contest where our most loyal Patreon supporters can become part of our crew literally as we explore the paradise islands of the South Pacific.
http://www.Patreon.com/slowboatsailing
Patrons of the round the world vlog and podcast get bonus podcast episodes and free audiobooks of How to Sail Around the World Part-Time and Slow Boat to Cuba. You can also get access to many podcasts and videos early as a patron.
Slow Boat to the Bahamas

Slow Boat to Cuba

and
How to Sail Around the World-Part Time

have been #1 sailing bestseller on Amazon.

Subscribe to the podcast for free and write a rating or review on apple podcasts.

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Photos by Mark J. Reinhardt are reproduced with his permission. NASA and USCG photos of Hurricane Maria and wrecked boats are in the public domain.

Copyright Linus Wilson, 2017