Ep. 42: Rescued Hawaii Sailor Jennifer Appel Talks About Cruising in Her Two Doomed Boats with Linus Wilson on the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast

Jennifer Appel talks about her ten years of sailing prior to her rescue by the USS Ashland on October 25, 2017, about 900 miles from Japan. She confirms that her boat was a Charlie Morgan designed Starratt and Jenks 45 sailboat despite her assertions to the media it was 50 feet long. She talks about the wreck of her Coranado 34 sailboat in 2012 and the hull modifications that she made to the SV Sea Nymph which she abandoned on October 25, 2017. This skype interview was conducted while Appel and Tasha Fuiava were in Long Island, New York just after Thanksgiving 2017.USS Ashland arrives in Okinawa with Mariners

Public domain photo by Petty Officer, 3rd Class, Jonathan R. Clay, US Navy. Jennifer Appel on the USS Ashland in Japan.

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In the patron-only bonus interview Ms. Appel tells Slow Boat Sailing that her boat lacked charts which would allow her to see the depths in the anchorages in Christmas Island, Kiribati, the northern Cook Islands, and Wake Islands. She has said they passed close to all three places after their spreader was damaged without stopping.




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Check out our latest video about “How to make a sailing video that does not stink!!!”

In that video you’ll get the first glimpse of our new male, toy poodle, puppy Avery (apricot). We also feature our recently passed male, toy poodle Daly (black) who in his 11 years sailed 6,500 nm, sailed to the Bahamas, Cuba, Panama, Ecuador, and in French Polynesia. He transited the Panama Canal and crossed the equator in our 31-foot sailboat. Daly will star in many yet to be released episodes of season 2 of Slow Boat Sailing in French Polynesia. We visited places like Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, Moorea, and Tahiti together in season 2. He will be missed.

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