Book and Movie by Famous Sailor Highlights Hurricanes Florence and Micheal’s Impact on Boaters

Late show host Stephen Colbert may be the most famous sailboat enthusiast in America whom you did not know owned a sailboat. He wrote a picture book Whose Boat Is This Boat? Comments That Don’t Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane whose proceeds go to Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Micheal relief efforts. It is about Donald Trump’s visit to a beached sailboat in North Carolina after Florence. Below is the “movie” version:

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The book description from Amazon says the following:

100% of The Late Show’s proceeds from this book go to hurricane relief.

Whose Boat Is This Boat? Comments That Don’t Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane is a picture book made entirely of quotations from President Donald Trump in the wake of Hurricane Florence. It is the first children’s book that demonstrates what not to say after a natural disaster.

On September 19, 2018, Donald Trump paid a visit to New Bern, North Carolina, one of the towns ravaged by Hurricane Florence. It was there he showed deep concern for a boat that washed ashore. “At least you got a nice boat out of the deal,” said President Trump to hurricane victims. “Have a good time!” he told them. The only way his comments would be appropriate is in the context of a children’s book—and now you can experience them that way, thanks to the staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Whose Boat Is This Boat? is an excellent teaching tool for readers of all ages who enjoy learning about empathy by process of elimination. Have a good time!

At Slow Boat Sailing we covered the worst impacts on boaters of the two most devastating hurricanes to boaters to hit the United States in 2018 in the following two videos about Category 4 Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Below is footage from New Bern, NC, after Hurricane Florence.

We also covered the devastation in Panama City and Mexico Beach, Florida after Hurricane Micheal.

 

 

 

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73-year-old plans round Cape Horn with broken rigging in the Golden Globe Race

Race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede broke a bolt that secured all his shrouds in a 150 degree knock down in a cyclonic storm. Instead of repairing it in the nearest port in Chile, the 73-year-old, 5-time circumnavigator plans to sail his 36-foot boat with a damaged rig around Cape Horn in a bid to complete the race with about 9,000 nautical miles to go until he reaches the race finish and his home port in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. In a satellite messages today, he said he climbed the mast twice today to tighten the loose shrouds on his Rustler 36 in two meter swells and no wind.

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Caption: 2018 Golden Globe Race: Finnish skipper Tapio Lehtinen and his Gaia 36 yacht ASTERIA arrival at the Boatshed.com Hobart Film gate in 6th place in the Golden Globe Race. 1st place skipper Jean-Luc Van Den Heede has been climbing his mast at sea.

Here is the press release from yesterday UTC November 8, 2018:

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, the embattled race leader struggling with a damaged mast sustained during a storm 1,900 miles west of Cape Horn, has decided to continue in the race back to Les Sables d’Olonne.

In a dramatic satellite phone call to Race Chairman Don McIntyre early today, the 73-year old solo circumnavigator who continues to enjoy a 1,500 mile lead over second placed Dutchman Mark Slats, said that he had decided to make the best repair he can at sea and continue in the race.

The Frenchman told McIntyre “The worst that can happen is that I lose my rig, and I have my jury rig at the ready. McIntyre added “At the moment, his only other option is to divert 2,000 miles off course to a Chilean port and be demoted to the Chichester Class for making one stop to affect repairs. He believes that if he can get round Cape Horn and start heading north up into the Atlantic there are many more ports of refuge that would be closer to hand, should he have further issues with the rig on his Rustler 36 Matmut.”

Don added. “This makes a real race to the finish. Mark Slats (Ohpen Maverick) has around 90 days to catch up and now needs to average 1 knot more than Jean-Luc over the remaining distance back to Les Sables d’Olonne. This means that Mark has a real incentive to beat Matmut on his own terms, while Jean-Luc must push as hard as he dare within the limits of his damaged mast”.

This is a far better proposition for the fiercely competitive Dutchman than by winning by default and have the result tarred, as Sir Robin Knox-Johnston did quite unjustly 50 years before with the words ‘but he only won because….(In RK-J’s case, Frenchman Bernard Moitessier who had been 19 days behind the Englishman at Cape Horn, decided to carry on for a second turn around the world ‘to save my soul’.)

Originally, Van Den Heede planned to drop out of the race that has lost most of its participants thus far. He broke race rules for using his satellite phone to call his manager and wife. Participants are not allowed to use their satellite phones to communicate with anyone besides race headquarters for reasons that don’t make sense to this author. Like Hungarian-born, American 5th place racer Istavan Kopar, Van Den Heede will get a time penalty for the infraction, according to race headquarters today, UTC November 9, 2018. If he had received “material assistance” over the satellite phone he could have been eliminated from the race.

Abandon ship MIRACLE 150nm from sailing circumnavigation, SV Kelaerin, lost & found

A USCG helicopter rescued Joy and Jim Carey 150 miles from crossing their outbound track on a 17-year sailing circumnavigation on June 18, 2018. They abandoned their 46-foot sailing vessel Kelaerin 180 miles west of Grays Harbor, Washington, after their boat was flooded with water and lost its electronics in a gale. They set off their EPIRB because they had no life raft, dinghy, or communications. They did not want their children to not know what happened to them a day from completing their 17-year, around the world trip in Bellingham, Washington.

This story had a happy ending when the USCG towed the yacht Kelaerin into Ft. Bragg, California a month later. Hear their amazing story in an exclusive interview with Jim and Joy Carey by Slow Boat Sailing.

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WA, UNITED STATES
06.16.2018
Video by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read
U.S. Coast Guard District 13
An MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew, from Sector Columbia River, arrives on scene with the 46-foot sailing vessel Kelaerin 180 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash., June 16, 2018.
The aircrew followed an electronic position indicating radio beacon signal registered to the sailing vessel and rescued the vessels two passengers.
U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of Sector Columbia River.
This work, Sector Columbia River aircrew arrives on scene, by PO1 Levi Read
FORT BRAGG, CA, UNITED STATES
07.23.2018
Video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sarah Wilson
U.S. Coast Guard District 11
This work, Coast Guard finds adrift sailboat 1 month after rescuing owners, by PO3 Sarah Wilson
FORT BRAGG, CA, UNITED STATES
07.23.2018
Video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sarah Wilson
U.S. Coast Guard District 11
Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sarah Wilson
U.S. Coast Guard District 11
Coast Guard Cutter Barracuda crew members prepare to tow the unmanned 46-foot sailing vessel after finding it near Fort Bragg, Calif., July 22, 2018. The Coast Guard Cutter Barracuda crew found the vessel more than 440 miles south-southeast of its last known position near Grays Harbor, Washington, on June 18, when it was abandoned after a search-and-rescue case. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo/released).
FORT BRAGG, CA, UNITED STATES
07.23.2018
Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sarah Wilson
U.S. Coast Guard District 11
A Coast Guard boat crew from Station Noyo River in Fort Bragg, Calif., tows an unmanned sailing vessel to the B Dock in Fort Bragg, July 23, 2018. The crew relieved the tow from the Coast Guard Cutter Barracuda crew, who found the vessel adrift off the coast of Fort Bragg on July 22. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy video/released).
OCRACOKE, NC, UNITED STATES
08.07.2017
U.S. Coast Guard District 5
A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, finds a distressed man aboard a sailboat waving his arms for help about five miles west of Portsmouth Island, North Carolina, Aug. 7, 2017. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from the air station deployed a rescue swimmer, hoisted the man from the sailboat and brought him to The Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head, North Carolina. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Elizabeth City/Released)
KITTY HAWK, NC, UNITED STATES
05.08.2013
Video by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert
U.S. Coast Guard District 5
An MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City rescues man from sailboat 70 miles east of Kitty Hawk, NC.

The eBook of AROUND THE WORLD SINGLE-HANDED: The Cruise of the Islander is at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C3THFZV
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BREAKING: Race Leader knocked-down and out of the Golden Globe Race with a damaged rig

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede’s sailboat a Rustler 36-foot yacht named Matmut suffered a 150 degree knock down and its rig was damaged on UTC November 5, 2018. The French solo-sailor was 1,900 miles from Cape Horn. The shrouds are all loose because of a damaged bolt high on the mast that secures all four lower shrouds. The bolt slipped 5 centimeters down the mast after the knock-down. Van Den Heede plans to sail to Valparaiso, Chile and drop out of the race if his boat survives the violent storm its sailing through under bare poles.

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The 73-year old French solo-sailor Van Den Heede is a five-time circumnavigator, but he is caught in chaotic sees and winds up to 65 knots and 12 meter seas in a cyclonic storm. He sails towards Cape Horn over 2,000 nautical miles ahead of his nearest competitor in the retro race for 32-to-36 foot sailing yachts that is the 2018 Golden Globe Race. Eighteen competitors started out from France in the solo-nonstop, unassisted race 127 days ago.

Four boats have been dismasted, three competitors have been rescued, and only eight boats remain in the race under the great capes. If Van Den Heede drops out in Valdivia, Chile, there will only be seven racers left. Van Den Heede has not yet asked for assistance. Second place Dutchman Mark Slats, who is closer to New Zealand than Chile, will lead the field of seven yachts if Van Den Heede drops out. The 1968 Golden Globe Race only had one finisher of nine boats leaving from England.

On his Golden Globe biography Van Den Heede said,

“From all my experiences, I am well aware of the difficulties this race poses. The slow speeds of these classic old boats with their long keels, the absence of weather information, the loss of all electronics and reliance on a sextant to plot positions, the lack of terrestrial contact, and the replacement of an electric pilot with wind vane self steering, will make this test even more random and difficult than the Vendée Globe.”

https://youtu.be/yof9BpbasCo

A crowded anchorage and a 4-hour trip that went a little long…

Our last stop in the Marquesas had a rolly anchorage exposed the SE trade wind swell. We went on a hike that went ten hours. Ua Pou was the first big sail with our new crew member Anna.  A surprising weather forecast forced us to depart the island in a big rush, and we would be forced to race offshore to beat a east moving front.

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The eBook of AROUND THE WORLD SINGLE-HANDED: The Cruise of the Islander is at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C3THFZV
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 title sponsor of this video.Support the videos at
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On the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast Linus Wilson has interviewed the crew of Sailing SV Delos, WhiteSpotPirates (Untie the Lines), Chase the Story Sailing, Gone with the Wynns, MJ Sailing, Sailing Doodles, SV Prism, Sailing Miss Lone Star, and many others.
Get Linus Wilson’s bestselling sailing books:
Slow Boat to the Bahamas

Slow Boat to Cuba

https://gumroad.com/l/cubabook
and How to Sail Around the World-Part Time

https://gumroad.com/l/sailing
have been #1 sailing bestseller on Amazon.
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Susie Goodall drug anchor in Tasmania ahead of 60-knot storm.

A 60-knot storm is overtaking the middle of the 2018 Golden Globe Race fleet places 3rd to 6th. On early November 2, 2018, UTC, English solo-sailor Susie Goodall said she drug anchor in Safety Cove of Port Arthur Tasmania and texted, “Just wanna give up!!” 4th place Goodall may anchor for three days before preceding to cross the Southern Pacific Ocean in the solo, non-stop unassisted yacht race for 32-to-36-foot boats.

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For storm anchoring over 50-knots Mantus Marine, a Slow Boat Sailing sponsor, advocates a 55-pound anchor for a 36-foot boat. Goodall has a 45-pound (20 kg) CQR, according to Don McIntyre the founder of the 2018 GGR. (Originally, GGR said she had a 35-pound, 16 kg, hook.) She also only has fifteen meters of chain, but an 65 meters of of rode onboard to put out. The depths are about 7 meters. The bottom is sandy. Since the winds are coming from the west, she will be blown to sea if she drags. That is better than being blown ashore. By late on November 3, 2018, UTC, the winds should moderate below gale force and Goodall can sail east towards New Zealand and the race leaders.

The situation for 6th place Tapio Lehtinen of Finland is not so rosy. He has to sail through the storm and somehow not sail past Hobart while keeping his boat upright in as much as 12-meter waves. He has gybed north and avoided being in the worst winds for a longer period, but it has put him well north of the course for Hobart and the film drop gate that all competitors must pass through. Lehtinen has some massive barnacles on his hull slowing him down. There is not as much circular movement likely to lead to confused seas in this storm as in the storms that overtook Goodall a week or so ago or the September storm that led to the rescue Abhilash Tomy and Gregor McGuckin.

5th place Istavan Kopar, the Hungarian-born American sought shelter in a Tasmanian bay prior to arrival at the Hobart film drop. The tracker at UTC November 2, 2018, 03:00 showed him anchored near Southport, southwest of the mandatory Hobart film drop that Goodall had left a few days before. The storm has shortened the distance between 5th place Kopar and 4th place Goodall.

Uku Randmaa in 3rd place near New Zealand will likely be overtaken by the low, but he will extend his substantial lead over Goodall if he escapes major incident. His strategy is mostly running further towards Cape Horn while his the chase is anchoring. The fastest two boats will be unaffected by the storm as will the 7th and 8th placed boats.

Sailing to Ua Pou from Nuka Hiva and Hiking to a Waterfall S2E16

Anna, Daly, and Linus go on their first sail to a new island together. They sail from Nuka Hiva to Ua Pou in the Marquesas Islands. Its a close-hauled, upwind sail. This is the sixth of six permanently inhabited islands in the Marquesas that Linus and Daly have visited in the Slow Boat.

Anna and Linus meet Jerome from Pukue’e Pension in Hakahau, Ua Pou and go on an all 4-hour hike to the waterfall near Hakahatau, which takes all day. Ua Pou is known for its jagged peaks.

A shrinking weather window to Tahiti forces them to set sail for Fakarava in the Tuamotos after only a two night stay. Linus has to meet his wife and daughter Janna and Sophie in Tahiti by July 1, 2017, and the Slow Boat Sailing crew is running out of time to get there.

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The eBook of AROUND THE WORLD SINGLE-HANDED: The Cruise of the Islander is at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C3THFZV
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 title sponsor of this video.Support the videos at
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On the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast Linus Wilson has interviewed the crew of Sailing SV Delos, WhiteSpotPirates (Untie the Lines), Chase the Story Sailing, Gone with the Wynns, MJ Sailing, Sailing Doodles, SV Prism, Sailing Miss Lone Star, and many others.
Get Linus Wilson’s bestselling sailing books:
Slow Boat to the Bahamas

Slow Boat to Cuba

https://gumroad.com/l/cubabook
and How to Sail Around the World-Part Time

https://gumroad.com/l/sailing
have been #1 sailing bestseller on Amazon.
Associate Producers Anders Colbenson, Larry Wilson, Ted Royer, Sam Balatsias, Kevin Yager, and Rick Moore (SSL).
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Susie Goodall Rejects Marriage Proposal, Cleans Bottom, and Fixes Windvane in Longest Ever Hobart Stop in the Golden Globe Race

Susie Goodall had the longest film drop in Golden Globe Race (GGR) history, but she got a lot done on October 30, 2018, UTC. She swatted down a marriage proposal from a man she did not know, which was delivered by way of the race organizer Don McIntyre. She donned wetsuit, mask, and snorkel to clean barnacles off the bottom of her Rustler 36 sailing yacht. Then, she took off her Monitor windvane to make a 20-minute repair. GGR race headquarters worried that she would have to drop out of the race to obtain parts for her windvane, but the fix to its inner workings went more smoothly than expected.

In all, she spent twelve hours in Hobart at anchor. That was longer than the preceding three skippers in the solo-nonstop, unassisted race for 32-to-36-foot sailboats. The only woman and the youngest skipper at 29-years old is in fourth place in the race with only eight boats remaining.

Ten of the eighteen starters have dropped out the race. Most of the boats are less than halfway finished. Hobart is the psychological halfway point, but it is east of the international dateline which would be the halfway point in terms of lines of longitude. The 2018 Golden Globe Race sails from west to east in the stormy Southern Ocean south of Australia, the Cape of Good Hope, New Zealand, and Cape Horn.

Here is a summary from GGR race headquarters:

Looking fit and relaxed, she remained at anchor for 12 hours, using the opportunity to try and catch up on sleep before starting maintenance work on her boat at first light.

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Susie Goodall in good form last night after arriving at the Hobart pit-stop in 4th place. Photo: Christophe Favreau/PPL/GGR

The barnacles were not nearly as bad as on Uku Randmaa’s boat One and All when the 3rd placed Estonian sailor passed through the BoatShed.com Hobart film drop last Friday. “I keep going into the water to scrub the bottom each time I am becalmed, so it shouldn’t be too bad.” She explained before donning a wetsuit to dive on the hull. Two hours later, and at the cost of one scrubbing brush and snorkel, which had dropped to the bottom, Susie proclaimed the hull clean again.

Problems with her Monitor wind vane self-steering were thought to be more challenging, but after unbolting the system from the back of the boat, it took just 20 minutes to re-align the cogs so that it would self-steer the boat down wind again.

Recalling the adventure since starting this solo non-stop circumnavigation from Les Sables d’Olonne on July 1st, Goodall, the sole woman and youngest competitor in this race, joked: “The Indian Ocean has just been awful. The Pacific will be all blue skies and 25-knot winds behind me all the way to Cape Horn.”

It was the Southern Ocean storm experienced two weeks ago that remains most vivid. “That was brutal – It took me a week to recover! The seas were coming from four directions and I kept being knocked down. I was really struggling with the wind vane, which had been bent and would no longer steer downwind. I had to hand steer to keep the boat stern-to the waves, but even so, some waves would come and hit us side-on. Even after the big blow, I still got knocked down a couple more times by the confused swells.”

Lessons were learned, and as a result of that experience in 70-knot winds and 15-metre seas, Susie has changed here storm tactics. “Every storm is different, and before this one, I used to deploy a drogue to slow the boat down. I don’t know why, but in that last storm, I simply towed warps and hand-steered to keep the boat stern-to and it seemed better. My tactic had been to let the boat sail though it, but that time I couldn’t.”

Deprived of modern-day digital communications throughout this retro race, Susie did at least get the opportunity to chat live to her family back in the UK, thanks to one of her supporters holding up their iPad to provide a Facetime link home.

Thousands of well wishers  also sent her messages of good luck and many questions, some of which were read out to her. ‘Harry’ sent a proposal of marriage. “Prince Harry?” she inquired optimistically.

What have been the most challenging moment? Asked another. “Being becalmed”.

Is the ocean a friend or foe? “The ocean is a friend who turns on me now and again”

What have been the best parts of the voyage so far? There have been a lot of good parts – but passing the Cape of Good Hope was one highlight”

What has been the most useful gadget onboard? “A portable cassette player”

What do you miss most onboard? “Fresh food, my iPod and Kindle”

How much water do you still have? “A month’s supply – not enough to get to Cape Horn. I hope it rains.”

What will be your first meal when you return to Les Sables d’Olonne? “A big salad, fruit, a bowl of steamed broccoli, a pizza – and a glass of red wine.”

Latest positions at 08:00 UTC today 31.10.18

  Skipper Distance  to finish VMG during last 24 hours Approx. distance behind leader 
1 Jean- Luc VDH (FRA)

Rustler 36 Matmut

 9673   6.7 knots  0
2 Mark Slats (NED)

Rustler 36 Ohpen Maverick

 11687   5.5 knots   2014
3 Uku Randmaa (EST) Rustler 36 One and All   12577  4.7 knots   2904
4 Susie Goodall GBR) Rustler 36 DHL Starlight   13014   6.3 knots   3341
5 Istvan Kopar (USA)Tradewind 35 Puffin  13250   5.3 knots   3577
6 Tapio Lehtinen (FIN) Gaia 36 Asteria   13589   4.6 knots   3916
7 Mark Sinclair (Aus)

Lello 34 Coconut

 15920   2.5 knots   6247
8 Igor Zaretskiy (RUS)

Endurance 35 Esmeralda

 16482   1.2 knots   6870

SV Sea Nymph Skipper MISSING in Lake Champlain

The owner of the SV Sea Nymph went missing in Lake Champlain. You will hear the story of how he was found and the cause of his disappearance near his moored sailboat at Point Bay Marina, Lake Champlain near Thompson’s Point in Charlotte, Vermont.  His last contact with anyone was on 11 AM on Sunday, October 21, 2018, when he texted a friend that he was rowing out to his sailboat the Sea Nymph which was moored next to Point Bay Marina, in Charlotte, VT on Lake Champlain. He was not reported missing until he missed a meeting on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

The Vermont State Police is identifying the missing man as George Ruhe, 67, of Wethersfield, Connecticut, and Brattleboro, Vermont. Mr. Ruhe was an accomplished photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, and Sports Illustrated. His dinghy was found on October 25, 2018, on a marshy shore.

His body was found soon afterward underneath a moored sailboat. The water temperatures were between 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit in late October on Lake Champlain according to weather.gov. Hypothermia in those temperatures can lead to loss of manual dexterity in 10 to 15 minutes in that cold of water. Once manual dexterity is lost drowning is very possible without the use of a life jacket.

Some press releases from the Vermont State Police are below written by Cpl. Andrew Leise, VSP Williston below:

Mr. Ruhe was last seen at the Point Bay Marina in Charlotte, Vermont, at about 11 a.m. Sunday, and indicated in a message to a friend that he was rowing at that time. A dinghy used by Mr. Ruhe to reach his sailboat, which is moored at the marina a short distance from shore, also is missing. His vehicle was found Wednesday parked at the marina. He was reported missing Wednesday afternoon after failing to appear for meetings earlier in the week.

At about 4:30 p.m., crews including the Vermont State Police Dive Team recovered a body from the vicinity of a sailboat moored in Lake Champlain at Point Bay Marina in Charlotte. The body was preliminarily identified as that of George Ruhe. The body will be brought to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington for an autopsy to confirm identification and determine the cause and manner of death.”

“***Update 2:40 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018***

At about 2 p.m. the crew of a fixed-wing aircraft from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations unit assisting in the search located what appeared to be the missing dinghy in a swampy, shallow area in the south end of Town Farm Bay. The Vermont State Police with help from Point Bay Marina staff recovered the dinghy about 20 minutes later and brought the boat to shore.

Another publication, The Shelburne News, adds more detail, indicating he went into the water deliberately.

It was windy, and the water was a cold 50 degrees Sunday as Ruhe was out on the Lake, Lt. Garry Scott said. Police believe the dinghy was not tied to the boat, and drifted away.

“It looks like he stripped off his pants and shoes and was attempting to swim the dinghy,” Scott said. “Everything we are seeing looks like an accidental drowning.”

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Ep. 53: Paul Trammell Reads Becoming a Sailor A Singlehand Sailing Adventure; Sailing Kittiwake Questions if Vlogging is a Goldmine; Another Rescue and Dismasting in the Golden Globe Race; Slow Boat Sailing Podcast

In this episode, we feature Paul Trammell reading chapter 1 of Becoming a Sailor, A Singlehand Sailing Adventure. Linus Wilson talks about the latest dismasting (number four) of the solo-nonstop 2018 Golden Globe Race of French sailor Loic Lepage’s yacht. Elana from Sailing Kittiwake reads her blog “Cruising Stories: Kittiwake on Having a YouTube Channel”.

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Becoming a Sailor, A Singlehand Sailing Adventure talks about Trammell’s purchase and upgrades to Sobrius, a 1972 Dufour Arpege and his single-handed sailing around Florida and the Bahamas. Trammell plans to release his second book of his sailing adventures Journey to the Ragged Islands before Christmas 2018. Becoming a Sailor, A Singlehand Sailing Adventure is available on Amazon and Kobo:

https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Sailor-Singlehand-Sailing-Adventure-ebook/dp/B0785QZDLJ/

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/becoming-a-sailor-a-singlehand-sailing-adventure

Sailing Kittiwake is sailing the Med and making awesome vlogs on YouTube. Check out their channel at

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT9U1fPkHj0mJjC4LWGH26g

The blog Elana reads is at

https://theboatgalley.com/cruising-stories-kittiwake-on-having-a-youtube-channel/

My study on how much YouTube vloggers really make is

Wilson, Linus, A Little Bit of Money Goes a Long Way: Crowdfunding on Patreon by YouTube Sailing Channels (February 17, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2919840 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2919840

Abstract

This study finds that YouTube channels crowdfunding on Patreon have more frequent video creation. The median YouTube channel that crowdfunded on Patreon produced a video every 7.5 days compared to 105 days for the median comparable channel that did not link to Patreon. Crowdfunders have more views per video, are more likely to link to their Facebook pages, and uploaded videos more frequently. While two channels in the sample, each earned over $150,000 in 2016 from Patreon, the typical crowdfunding sailing channel earned $73 per video, per month, or creation. It appears that a little bit of money was associated with a big increase in new video production.

I talked about the study in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJxlW8_eUyw

I also talked about the devastation to Panama City Marina in the following video:

https://youtu.be/upgYlrp2Ngg

“Sailboats WRECKED by Hurricane Michael in Panama City Marinas”

Category 4, 155 mph, Hurricane Micheal made landfall on October 10, 2018, in Mexico Beach, Florida. It devastated the marinas, boats, and sailboats in Panama City, Florida. You’ll see the rescue of the crew of the sailing vessel Old School abandoned in 8-foot seas near Boca Grande, Florida, as the yacht was experiencing the outer bands of a major hurricane.

Photos by Kip and Stacie Snell of Panama City Municipal Marina were reproduced with their permission.
https://www.facebook.com/kipnstacie.snell
Stacie Snell does great portrait and wedding photography at
https://www.facebook.com/staciesnellphotography/
They lost their boat in the Panama City Municipal Marina in Hurricane Michael.

Sailing La Vagabonde recently asserted boaters have lots of advance warning to get out the way of Hurricane. The experience of Hurricane Michael disputes that claim in
“Why we Chose to Sail during Hurricane Season! (Hurricane Gordon & Florence)” at

Some recent blogs and videos about the GGR are

https://youtu.be/yof9BpbasCo

https://youtu.be/TAQT3TeC8cU

https://youtu.be/GGaL0KdDhXw

https://slowboatsailing.wordpress.com/2018/10/25/he-thought-he-would-die-atop-the-mast-in-the-golden-globe-race/

https://slowboatsailing.wordpress.com/2018/10/23/lepages-yacht-sinks-4-5-hours-after-pumps-stop/

The only woman in the race Susie Goodhall is still hanging in there!

https://slowboatsailing.wordpress.com/2018/10/22/susie-goodall-knocked-down-3-times-in-the-last-24-hours-in-the-golden-globe-race/

Something happened that I never suspected. The blog surpassed the podcast this year in terms of views v. downloads. The blog at slowboatsailing.wordpress.com has 152K views with 234 posts. The Slow Boat Sailing Podcast has 118K downloads in 52 podcasts. The Slow Boat Sailing YouTube channel has 902K views from 100 public videos. I always expected the YouTube channel to have the greatest growth potential, but I never thought that blog could surpass the podcast. The blog was started as an afterthought, and its traffic was always low until the YouTube channel and thus the blog started focusing on news of interest to cruising sailors in September 2017.

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