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Two women lost at sea for five months on small sailboat rescued - The Globe and Mail
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Two women lost at sea for five months on small sailboat rescued
The Globe and Mail
A planned voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti aboard a small sailboat didn't start off well for two Honolulu women. One of their cellphones washed overboard and sank into the deep blue water on their first day at sea. From there, things got worse. Much worse.

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"All four looked remarkably fit, and Appel credited that to veteran sailors who had warned them to prepare well for the voyage. They had packed enough food for a year, mostly dried goods like oatmeal and pasta.

"They said pack every square inch of your boat with food, and if you think you need a month, pack six months, because you have no idea what could possibly happen out there," Appel said. "And the sailors in Honolulu really gave us good advice. We're here."

Appel, who has been sailing the Hawaiian islands for 10 years, said she had been planning the Tahiti voyage for more than two. But she acknowledged that perhaps she and Fuiava, a novice at sea, weren't as ready for the crossing as they could have been.

"I had no idea what I was getting myself into," she said. "When I asked Natasha, I told her I have no idea what's going to happen out there and she said, 'That's OK, I've never sailed."'


Planing for over two years and the idea of having an EPIRB on board never made the list?

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Half the stuff they say in interviews doesn't make much sense. I can't help but start to wonder whether this is some weird performance art publicity stunt.
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Could be worse, but another pair of ill-prepared Darwin Award aspirants "living the dream" detected all the same...

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On today's television news report, it appeared as though the boat was ready to sail. Mast was there, sail was there, they spent 5 months looking at it? What am I missing.
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Somebody please God tell me the boat lost steering and I'd feel better that we rescued these um... folks.
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In 2000, while powering through the Pacific High, we hit a small piece of fishing net and took out our transmission. With no wind we wallowed around for a few days until we used gennaker in light winds to get us moving. We sailed back 1000 miles to Vancouver Island. The only problem occurred when the winds died at the mouth of Juan de Fuca and we spent 1.5 days drifting before we could sail into Port Renfrew. The only time we asked for any help was asking Tofino traffic to warn ocean going ships of our presence.

That might explain my cynicism.
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Yup! Just as detected, XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX no business being out there unattended.

Hopefully someone competent will be able to use what looks like a perfectly fine boat once the patchouli and dog smell's been aired out of the cabin.

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Yup! Just as detected, [Removed] with no business being out there unattended.

Hopefully someone competent will be able to use what looks like a perfectly fine boat once the patchouli and dog smell's been aired out of the cabin.
I think there is going to more of these stories from now on. Perhaps more people will feel "empowered' as blondie was to make this journey. Maybe it's from the educational system where everyone gets a medal school instead of hard knocks. Except now they will think everyone gets rescued! So let's just buy a boat and go cruise around the world.

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How sad is it - when before the facts are in, indeed when very few facts are in - the first reaction is what is sadly becoming the fakakte reaction du jour: skepticism/conspiracy and worries about "the cost to taxpayers". A waste of electrons...

Another round for my well lubricated barstool expurts...

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