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Old 26-02-2013, 19:30   #1
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Sailboat piloted by 86yr and 71yr old washes ashore

Check this out, heard from a friend and found this copy.....http://http://www.news4jax.com/news/...k/-/index.html
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Old 26-02-2013, 19:33   #2
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Re: Sailboat piloted by 86yr and 71yr old washes ashore

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Old 26-02-2013, 19:35   #3
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Sorry I can't link to pull up.....2 men one 86 and other 71 wash up on shore after drifting for days with no power what a trip........no planning here....well maybe.....when this old who cares???? All is well,,,,,/),,,,,,,
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Hell I can't get any link to work so Google sailboat washes ashore on Ponta Verda, Flka. beach to view sorry,,,,,/),,,,,
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Re: Sailboat piloted by 86yr and 71yr old washes ashore

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Sailboat washes ashore in South Ponte Vedra, another man helps secure the boat | firstcoastnews.com
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2 rescued from sailboat in Ponte Vedra | News - Home

Just thought I'd give it a go
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Google " Sailboat washed on beach in St. Augustine" for best links. Channel 12 has video even, way cool story,,,,,/),,,,,,,
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Gimme a break.....sailboat washed on beach in st augustine - Bing newbie comin thru,,,,,,,/),,,,,,,,
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Re: Sailboat piloted by 86yr and 71yr old washes ashore

Age is a state of mind but sometimes the body complains. At least they weren't at home watching "Finding Bigfoot!" And the beat goes on . . . .
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Re: Sailboat piloted by 86yr and 71yr old washes ashore

Woody, your last link brought up a 2009 article. A bit long in the tooth, no?
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Re: Sailboat piloted by 86yr and 71yr old washes ashore

My guess. Motoring along with paper charts and a sextant under cloud cover fauled the prop because of sloppy line handling. One has to wonder if they knew how to sail. I am thinking no. Glad they made it ashore safely.
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Re: Sailboat piloted by 86yr and 71yr old washes ashore

Follow-up article interviewing one of the two men:

Man, saved from his sailboat in Ponte Vedra Beach, shares his story | jacksonville.com

Man, saved from his sailboat in Ponte Vedra Beach, shares his story



Francis Saunders, 86, stands by as crews work to remove his sailboat from South Ponte Vedra Beach during high tide on Wednesday morning.


By Sheldon Gardner

When Jerry Willis went to sleep Monday night, he prayed for his crew to make it to shore.
“I [lay] down in my bunk and I said, ‘God, help us get out of here alive,’” he said. “Next thing I know, we [were] bouncing [on] the beach.”
Willis, 71, described part of his journey in a sailboat with friend Francis Saunders, 86, that left the two men — and Saunders’ dog adrift for several days on the ocean with a damaged sail and dead engine.
On Wednesday afternoon, Willis stood on the stretch of Ponte Vedra Beach just north of the Serenata Beach Club where less than 48 hours prior he and his friend ran aground in the roughly 30-foot sailboat Tavarua.
He and Saunders watched as crews were unable to tow the Tavarua, a 1976 Down East sailboat, from the beach.
Willis said he and Saunders set sail from Fort Pierce around a week ago and were planning to go to St. Thomas. Saunders declined to comment.
Willis said he went on the trip to help Saunders and to learn how to sail because he has a sailboat back home in Fort Pierce.
“I really got a education, I’ll give it that,” Willis said as he stood on Ponte Vedra Beach.
Shortly after setting sail, the engine on Saunders’ sailboat lost power. Instead of heading south, the boat was swept north by the current. Along the way, their main sail broke and their ability to communicate was cut off.
“Shortly after we left shore, the fan belt broke on the engine,” Willis said.
And when the engine stopped, the batteries lost their charge.
“They was stone dead. Pretty soon we didn’t have ... radio communication, no lights ... no contacts,” Willis said.
They were trying to navigate with a storm sail, which limited their ability to steer the waters, Willis said. They had enough food and water on board for the trip.
“The currents took us north, far, far [farther] than we needed to be, and we [had] been trying to get back south nearly the whole trip,” he said. “It took us several hundred miles … we [were] still several hundred miles north of where we [were], and we [were] a lot [farther] north than that.”
By the time they got near Ponte Vedra Beach, they just wanted to get to shore somewhere but knew they could not safely find a way in on their own.
“I [ran] down a set of batteries running SOS on a flashlight,” Willis said.
And they were battered by the waves, which were at 4 to 6 feet that night.
“It beat both of us unmercifully,” Willis said. “We didn’t decide to come in — we [were] thrown in.”
Officials came to the scene and got the crew off the boat safely. Willis and Saunders were taken to Flagler Hospital for treatment and were discharged Tuesday, a hospital official said.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the incident.
Saunders’ dog, Alfy, was being held at St. Johns County Animal Control’s Pet Center until Saunders retrieves him.
Willis said he and Saunders are fine.
“All I can say is we [did well] to get out of it alive, and that’s about all I [have] to say about it,” he said.
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Re: Sailboat piloted by 86yr and 71yr old washes ashore

I'll wait for the version on Fox: "Two confused old men try to murder sailboat!"

Everything just broke, as soon as they set out. Ahuh. And they couldn't throw out an anchor to prevent beaching the boat, no doubt because the anchor was broken too.

The sea gods must love those guys, because they allowed them to go home alive.
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Re: Sailboat piloted by 86yr and 71yr old washes ashore

what moron would sail fort pierce - st thomas without engine spares, like a fan belt, and not know how to change it? running aground was the best thing that happened to these guys. and being older isn't the problem.

last month a friend and his wife - aged 82 and 80 - left daytona sailing around the keys to new orleans. but they're equipped - with materials AND knowledge - to make the trip.
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