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    Full Time Liveaboard Boat Life: Shredding a Sail while Sailing in France
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    Full Time Liveaboard Boat Life: Shredding a Sail while Sailing in France

    November 14, 2019

    When did we get here? Two days ago? The sail over here two and a half days ago we were sailing along, all the things were
    great, life was good, and then we saw some dolphins and we thought, “Hey, that’s great. Good omen, dolphins” and then literally as soon as the Sun set and the Dolphins
    said goodbye our davits broke. What just happened? And then within 20 minutes we had a dinghy that was upside down in the water
    and no outboard motor. Um, yeah. All of our plans were now halted. Priority number one was to find an outboard engine. We arrived on a S unday so we had a picnic and we went to see a flick at the world’s oldest cinema. Also, while we were in La Ciotat we need to find a welder to reattach and reinforce the davits to the transom. Being in our first time in
    France and except for pleasantries none of us speak French, Lise & Eric from Bon Fond, we’re very gracious and helped us find a welder so we met up with Julien and we attempted to communicate some sort of solution. We visited a few different places looking for an outboard motor and there was none to be found. One guy even told us that there are no outboard motors within the area that
    were being sold and that instead we would have to buy a new one and that it would
    take two weeks, but right next door we found a store that was selling a
    refurbished 9.9 Yamaha outboard motor and that was actually the only one being
    sold within a 20-mile radius. Wow, that sounds so much better. Way quieter. And there they go. What happened? It stopped running. But it was going so well! Going over there to talk to the guy. Apparently in France gazole is not
    petrol. It’s diesel. SP 95 is petrol. I put diesel in a petrol engine. Understandably we had some miscommunications with Julien and after a week of trying to
    dissolve a solution and us needing to be on our way we just straight-up bolted
    the davits to the transom. Only having 14 days left to exit the EU without violating the Schengen Agreement we had almost 1,000 nautical miles to Albania.
    1000 miles is near 10 days on the water. We had a smooth sail to Corsica where we stopped for a day to film with Thibault and Jelena. We sailed in the Gulf di Talabo and then sailed down around Le Bocche and across all the way,
    there’s Roma, that’s where we are now. We beat windward to exit the bay and headed south. As we rounded the island beginning to
    pass through the Strait of Bonifacio we read both pages with pretty much a
    straight shot to Rome. The plan was that I was gonna man the
    helm until around 2 a.m. Just as the forecast had suggested, as the Sun was
    beginning to set, off to the north east about 15 miles I could see rain clouds
    developing, but I thought if those rain clouds develop into a storm the wind is
    coming out of the due west so the storm should stay to the north of us. But just
    around midnight as I was watching the storm grow and it began to move south right in our path the decision was made that we were to turn around and head back for
    Sardinia. We don’t actually have any footage of this because it was all hands on deck, midnight and hectic so this will stand in as Arianrhod. With the wind blowing a 6 on the Buford
    wind scale we had to remove sail so we could head back to Sardinia. We were able to furl in the jib with ease. Though Sardinia lay off to our
    starboard quarter, we turned on the engine and turned to port to spill the wind from
    the Genoa so that we can disconnect the whisker pole and furl it in. It took
    all my effort to disconnect the whisker pole and in the process the Genoa was
    luffing aggressively. Beating against the pole the Genoa tore like it was
    confetti. With the whisker pole finally stored, I crawled to the bow and furled
    in the Genoa by hand. The bow was heaving at the crest and crashing into the
    troughs and I bear hugged the sail to stay on the boat as I made incremental
    progress. After three hours of motoring and a total of 15 hours on the water, we
    finally dropped anchor and rested for a few hours. Midday we decided to head for open water and finish our sail to Rome. Upon arrival in Italy we tried to lower
    the obliterated sail, but it was just too windy so we secured it the best that we could because we only had a single day to visit Rome. Decimated head sail. The boat looks fantastic right now. Subscribe.

    Sailboat Refit – Episode 1 – The beginnings of a year long refit
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    Sailboat Refit – Episode 1 – The beginnings of a year long refit

    November 12, 2019

    When a boat’s been sitting for over 2 years,
    its hard to know where to begin. I mean, It needs everything – power, running water, refrigeration,
    and a place to sleep. But opening a boat after it has sat for this
    long was like opening a time capsule – it was strange – everything preserved by the
    previous owner – just as he left it – like he’d be back at any time to pick up where
    he left off. Spices, hand soap, and toothbrushes were all still sitting in their assigned places.
    Provisions were still in the ice box and pantry. But with the power cord plugged in, it was
    time to prioritize “the list.” We began by adding 4 gallons of distilled
    water into the highly neglected batteries in a desperate attempt of saving them. Then, we flipped the switch controlling the
    refrigerator….. and crossed our fingers. In the meantime, Tami spent the first few
    days cleaning and organizing – everything; going to the laundry mat; and then cleaning
    some more. Every dish, drawer, and cabinet were sanitized. The old food, and spices were
    thrown away and replaced. Every panel was sterilized with bleach…and then more bleach. But getting rid of the “clutter” was half
    the battle – it seems like everything was left behind…..bills, letters, even credit
    cards. Old monitor-styled TV’s with built in VHS
    players…..and, of course, VHS movies themselves. Everything was tossed. But soon…. projects start getting marked
    off “the list”. Holes were drilled for the new cockpit instruments…
    then they were carefully mounted into place. A new radar was installed. The entire battery bank was replaced. And a fancy new chartplotter and monitor were
    added. We even installed a camera at the top of the
    mast….. that can be display on the chart-plotter. The engine rooms even have their own inferred
    cameras. And its was nice to see that both sail-drives
    engage in forward and reverse after Mark installed new seals and zincs. We also had to replace a leaky water-pump
    on the generator. And The delamination repairs seem to be never-ending
    …they’ve been at it for months now. We had new window screens and a cockpit enclosure
    installed. A new mattress was cut to fit…. and actually
    makes for a great nights sleep. A wifi router was installed for that all important
    free internet. Our $2000 Groco strainer would not power up….so
    we removed it….and we still couldn’t figure out how to disassemble it…so we sent it
    to the manufacturer for repair. But in the meantime and during all these repairs,
    we still made time to buff off years of oxidation. And then one day….the mast came down…….the
    running and standing rigging are all being replaced….it was exciting and nerve racking
    all at the same time… —- especially when he couldn’t get the turnbuckles to release
    – after heat was applied….and pry bars were used,….just beating the shit of them seem
    to work best. See how hard they’re working? See how stressed
    out they are? It was a stressful day. But we still make time to visit Duvall Street
    every now and then to see the street performers.

    Cast of Netflix’s ‘The Politician’ Play Fishing for Answers! | THR
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    Cast of Netflix’s ‘The Politician’ Play Fishing for Answers! | THR

    November 12, 2019

    – Well hello there. (laughs) We’re the cast of The Politician and we’re gonna play Fishing for Answers. (upbeat music) – [Ben] The way I handled a
    crush in high school was… my guess was probably
    that you were probably mostly on the other side of that? – No I don’t think so. I
    didn’t really come into my own until later in high school.
    I was kind of a late bloomer. I mean we would always
    sort of like hang out near the boy’s schools and
    try to find the cute boys but, it really just became more of like a big inner school party kind of a vibe. – Well there was basically like four dudes who liked dudes and we
    all just kinda took turns dating each other because
    you’re there for four years and it gets boring and so
    at one point or another we all had feelings for each other. (upbeat music) My high school prom experience was… I went with my best friend in
    the world, Beanie Feldstein, and we went with a bunch of
    friends and our prom photo was both of us doing like
    the Evita arms together. My best friend, Max, was prom king. Got really drunk, and that’s it. – I love it! – So do I. – [Zoey] The clique I’m glad I wasn’t in, in high school is blank. – I went to all girls, we
    didn’t have cliques really. – You didn’t?
    – No. – I went to all girls
    and we specifically did. – [Gwyneth] Really? – Because it was all girls. – [Ben] So what was your clique? – [Lucy] I guess ours
    was like an amalgamation of people, the laugh jokers. – I went to an art’s high
    school where it felt like – You were all one clique. – No it was all so
    stereotypical. It was like Fame. It was so spot on. The visual
    arts kids were all druggies. The theater kids were all
    like crying in the bathroom. And the dancers were like, “oh I’ll have three
    piece of seaweed today, and half a diet coke”.
    Maybe that was the clique I shouldn’t of hung out
    with for like a little. – What was your clique in high school? – Theater kids, and I was
    very glad to be in it, and I’m still, those are
    all my best friends still. Beanie, and Molly, and all of them. We all did all the musicals together. – The film I can quotes endlessly is… – Anchorman! – Yes. – [Zoey] “Milk was a bad choice”. – [Lucy] Anchorman, Bridesmaids,
    Love Actually, classy. – [Zoey] Zoolander. – [Ben] “You should keep this open ’cause Civil Rights. This is the nineties.” – This is really where the generation gap is coming out.
    – What’s yours? – Mine are like the movies
    that her parents made. Like, you know, like that era. Sixteen Candles, Weird
    Science, Breakfast Club. – Okay when I was a teenager,
    I got in trouble for… God, sorry mom. – What didn’t I get in trouble for? (Ben laughs) – [Gwyneth] The best part
    of this is like you guys are so close as to living
    at home that you care what your Moms might
    think if you see this. I’m like four hundred years old, so my teenage years
    – [Ben] My parents know everything.
    – Are so long ago. – [Ben] One time I was driving to school and I just got my license that week, and I hit the mirror off of a parked car. And I was like “oh crap”, so I pulled over to go into the house of
    the person to apologize, and it was my driving
    teacher who had taught me how to drive
    – No come on. – And he goes “oh I see
    you got your license”. – This was, I really paid the price for it – I took a water bottle
    – I like where this is going – And I took a little
    bit of alcohol from every type of alcohol in the
    cabinet, because I was like if I just take a little
    they’re not gonna know. But, we’re talking like Godiva liquor from like 2001.
    – Oh my god – And I put a little bit of each – All in the same bottle. – Uh-huh. – [Gwyneth] And you drank it? – And it really explains
    a lot about my personality and the brain damage I permanently have. (laughs) – [Lucy] It all started that. – I just want to thank you all for being here in this therapy session. – Thanks THR. (laughing)

    S1:E3| Yes, Sailboat Life is the Good Life but.. Dragging Anchor is Scary!
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    S1:E3| Yes, Sailboat Life is the Good Life but.. Dragging Anchor is Scary!

    November 12, 2019

    We had a great first night at potato slough it was everything that we were hoping the Delta would be. We woke up, and it was a beautiful morning with the sun shining. We headed out to explore by paddleboarding and fishing out of the dinghy. We’re headed out of Potato Patch, going toward Owl Harbor to meet up with another boat family. [Ruby] Logan & Osian! [Smooch] – I love yo [Jen] Ha – I love you. [music] After ending up in the mud on day 1, we were a little gun-shy about navigating through the Shallow waters of the Delta up to Owl Harbor. We made sure to compare our paper charts, the charts are Raymarine a75 chart plotter came with, as well as Navionics charts that we had downloaded to our smartphone. The Navionics charts were by far the most accurate throughout our entire trip in the Delta. We decided to come up past Andrea’s Cove, Easy Seas and Spindrift Marina because we thought the water would be a bit deeper near those marinas. Owl Harbor is located up toward the end of Seven Mile Slough and the charts showed the entrance into the San Joaquin River to be more shallow than we were comfortable with. I’m really not sure if that’s an accurate methodology, but it worked for us this time. Pulling into al harbor was a wonderful experience. We checked in, grabbed a free cup of coffee, saw the amazing facilities and they gave us a warm welcome along with a dozen fresh eggs. One is Daddy’s! One is Mommy’s! One is Ruby’s! Are they owl eggs? Nooo What are they? They’rrre, CHICKEN EGGS! [Kids] cock-a-doodle-doo! [Rooster crow scares the kids!] [Parents laugh] We walked down and explored their community garden that has chickens, roosters and even a table with free vegetables. This Marina was fantastic. We really wished we’d had a little bit more time to truly enjoy their luxurious facilities, laundry room and deck with gas grills. Now that we had a few buddies on board to stay the night, we figured it was a great time to find a place to pump out. [sarcasm…but true] We found a spot named Korth’s Pirates Lair Marina that had a pump out and we decided that it would do just fine. Aargh! Since we draw 6 foot 7 inches we had to watch ourselves coming in here because it was quite a shallow entrance. Alright perfect. One thing to take note of; in the San Francisco Bay, generally your pump out stations are free, but once you make your way into the Delta there will be a small fee. This right here is how we thought as sailing life would be before we owned our own boat. Meeting up with friends in random locations, soft breezes blowing us along, headed toward an anchorage to cook a big group dinner and have some drinks together as a sunsets over a beautiful landscape. [music] This area is a place known as Five Cuts, and it’s located a little ways off the San Joaquin River on the Middle River. Evidently, years ago before the regulations were as stringent as they are now, a local farmer dredged out five distinct cuts through the tall reeds on a small island, so that boats could have some shelter and some privacy when they anchored out there. The cuts have long been filled with sediment but we were told we could still find some decent coverage there. That however was not the case for us on this night. The wind was blowing from the second we pulled in and it just about sunset, It picked up a few knots. They had a decent anchor set, but we wanted to try to set a stern anchor as well for extra protection. As the wind picked up, our stern anchor began to drag. We decided to set two bow anchors at a 180 degree angle from each other and tie our two boats back up to one another. It held for the rest of the night. Do be aware though five cuts, when we were there was absolutely full of thick green weeds. That was not easy to haul that anchor up the next morning when we decided to move on. After the hard work of resetting the anchors it was dinner time. Family style! How are you kids doing down here? Oh man, thank you for being such great crew. So sv spirit might have something on there prop after that grass infested anchorage we were just in. So they’re going to try to swing around or maybe reverse off of it. Don’t know for sure. So their impeller possibly burned up because they suck the weeds in and smart people, smart sailors that they are, took their foot pump and blew everything back out of the hose. So hopefully they’re all clear and we’ll go find us a nice calm anchorage somewhere. Nope. All right, we jumped under I jumped underneath.. We! We jumped underneath spirit and found out that their raw water intake hole was indeed, uh, clogged. A little water grass about that big was what was keeping all of their fresh water or raw water from coming up into the engine. It’s all fixed they’re spitting out plenty of water and Jack’s got the anchor up. Whatchya got going on over there, Jennifer? Big one’s comin’! Big ones comin’, they’ve been saying it. California had been pretty dry for several years so it felt great to have these big rain clouds rolling in. After just a few minutes of rain the sun came out, and it was time to take our friends back to Owl Harbor. Owl Harbor, we like it. Alright, I got a little microphone test going here to see if this thing works in the win…. Ahaha, microphone fail! The worst part is that I left the mic plugged in for the rest of the night and for almost the entire next day. Lesson learned, always do a sound check to make sure your audio equipment is working well. Regardless of failed microphones, clogged sea-cocks and dragging anchors, our few days up the California Delta did not disappoint. It was great to be traveling again, hanging out with friends, not thinking about the day to day worries of a busy life in the city. On the way back to our anchorage for the night, in our trusty Potato Slough, I stood up high in the cockpit and looked out across the land. The Delta, in its natural state, has been here for around 10,000 years. It’s wild to look out over these levees and see farmland way below the water line and to think about all the changes that have occurred here over the years. Next time on Tight Little Tribe Sailing we navigate up the narrow, Georgiana Slough, hail our first drawbridge, [you made it], drag anchor again, but enjoy every second of the adventure together. Where are you? In my fort. In your fort? And you got some little West Marine pillows down there? Let us know what you think of the series in the comments below, subscribe if you like what you see and the thumbs up certainly help us a lot, too!

    Fish Story
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    Fish Story

    November 11, 2019

    I can’t even imagine how many times
    I’ve made you tell this story now. That you’ve made me tell the story, I think … … five, certainly, that I can remember. I’m saying ‘tell the story’
    like I’m some kind of raconteur. – How does it come up?
    – So it came, it came up … How does it come up
    when I don’t bring it up? It comes up because I’m discussing
    my stupid name, Caspar Salmon. Once from the top. In the past, in I think 1986 or 1987 possibly 1988 In the 80s, when I was a child my grandmother was invited to
    attend the opening of some kind of sea … … thing. Sea thing? Yeah, well I couldn’t remember
    what it was, d’you see? Cos I was a kid, I couldn’t think
    what thing she’d been to. And then I subsequently had it
    confirmed to me. It was the Anglesey Marina. So she attended the opening
    of the Anglesey Marina and she attended it in the company of other people from the area in North Wales,
    where she lives, who also happened to have fish surnames because my grandmother’s called
    Pauline Salmon. So there would’ve been a Mr. … You know, Mr. and Mrs. Crab, or … Carp Cos this is a key point as well, actually,
    that I’ve not really scrutinised. How many fish surnames are there? – Cos, for instance, you’ve listed two.
    – Yeah. And I’ve never heard of a Carp. Jenny Carp. There are loads of others. Think of more fish, there are them. – Like …
    – Anchovie. Uhh … Pollock. Jackson Pollock. – Okay.
    – Fucking eat it. – Cod.
    – Yeah. Okay, no one’s called Cod. So they get there … They get there, and everybody who is there including the Crabs and the Herrings
    and everybody else receives … uhh … A copy … I keep saying a copy,
    what’s the word for … They receive their own surname as a fish as a present. So the people who are called Salmon
    receive a salmon and the Herrings receive I suppose more than one herring
    cos a herring is a smaller fish. But you got a version of your name so my grandmother received a salmon
    and she was able to take it home and cook it and it was given to her by Sir Michael Fish the weather presenter from the BBC who was there to open the marina officially,
    so he was the person … and he was there
    giving out the fish to everyone. What point in Michael Fish’s career is this? Sir Michael Fish of the BBC. Well, I think this is … This is the thing I’m not sure about cos he had the nadir of his career when he
    failed to predict a hurricane I think maybe. Good afternoon to you. Earlier on today apparently a woman rung
    the BBC and said she heard that there was a hurricane on the way. Well, if you’re watching,
    don’t worry, there isn’t. I think that was in 1988 or something
    and if I’m correct then … In 1986 he’d have been at the height
    of his powers, and fame. And wonderfully he fit the theme perfectly,
    because he was famous and … … his name is Fish, and
    the theme was fish. Your call cannot be taken at the moment,
    so please your message after the tone. Hi, I’m looking for Mr. Bass It’s about the opening of a marina in the 1980s
    that I’m hoping he might know something about Is that Mrs. Crab? It is. I’m looking into the opening of a marina
    in the late 1980s. I don’t suppose that rings any bells? Where was the marina?
    What town was it in? On Anglesey somewhere. There are lots of places on Anglesey. The reason I ask is that apparently
    the organisers filled the opening with people from the area who
    had fish-related names. You’ve been trawling through
    the directory, have you? More or less. Please leave a message after the tone. Hello, I’m hoping to reach the Mullet family regarding the opening of a marina. Hello, is that Mrs. Haddock? Yes. Is that Ms. Pike? Yes. Is that Mr. Plaice? Hello. … fish-related surnames, like yourself. I think we went there, perhaps,
    when the kids were little but I don’t think we got invited there,
    you know, with a fish-related name. Hello? Is that Mr. Whiting? It is, yeah. … to get as many people there as possible
    with fish-related surnames. That’s a new one on me. Hello? Hi, is that Mrs. Turbot? Yes. I’m calling about the opening
    of a marina in Anglesey I don’t know anything about it. – The reason I ask is …
    – Okay, thank you, goodbye. Maybe it was because of the
    time I called, or just because young people don’t
    really have landlines any more … Right. … but most people were in the right
    sort of age bracket to have been around at the time … Okay. … and the most common response was
    one of amused bafflement. But so, perhaps it’s a lie. Well, so I also reached out to
    Michael Fish’s agent and let me read you the response I got back. Oh god, this is a nightmare. Hi Charlie, I’m afraid that this
    isn’t for Michael as first and foremost he doesn’t
    remember opening a marina in Anglesey so possibly you don’t have the correct person. Best, Nick Oh my god. But there are a lot of fish people in
    this phonebook, so I figured I’d keep trying. 449? Ooh, hello. Is that Mrs. Herring? Yep. I’m calling cos I’m looking into
    the opening of a marina, in Anglesey and the reason I’m phoning you is cos
    for the opening, the organisers invited people from the local area, from North Wales,
    who had fish-related surnames. As far as I’m aware, this was
    some point in the late 1980s … 1980s? No, we didn’t come here til ’88. The only thing we’ve done is …
    we went to a thing at, um … Anglesey Sea Zoo with Michael Fish. You are kidding. Yes, yes. So it wasn’t a marina then, it was a … It was at the Sea Zoo,
    at Anglesey, on Anglesey. Sea Zoo? Is that like an aquarium? Yeah yeah yeah, big aquarium. I don’t suppose, while you were there,
    you were given anything? Um, hang on, me husband’s here,
    he might remember a bit more, hang on. Love? What was we given? We was given two of our fish,
    weren’t we? We was given herrings, weren’t we? On a white tray. Oh my god, this is brilliant. So it was a bit vague, but she was
    very specific about where it was which was this Anglesey Sea Zoo which is an aquarium. – Okay.
    – Not quite sure why they’ve called it a Sea Zoo. As though the word aquarium didn’t come
    to mind when they were doing the naming. So three weeks from now, on May 27th,
    I’m going up to Anglesey – No!
    – On the 8am train, via Chester. Yes. – Have you done that route?
    – A million times. What should I look out for? There’s nothing there, absolutely nothing. There’s nothing to do. Go to Anglesey, and just look at the sea,
    and go and see … … the lighthouse, that’s nice and then get the hell out. Oh no, and go and see the bridge as well. Thingy did a bridge there,
    Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Very nice bridge. Actually I’ve been an arsehole,
    Anglesey is lovely. I’m thinking of Colwyn Bay which is just awful. I honestly can’t tell you how
    excited I am to be here. Maybe we could start by talking
    about what makes the Sea Zoo special? I love talking about what makes
    the Sea Zoo special, that’s why I’m here. We are completely unique because
    we have only native species, all British species. Our water comes from the Menai Strait,
    which is right on our doorstep so all our systems are natural systems,
    they’re sustainable systems. The seasonality, the temperatures,
    everything is the same as the sea around Wales. It’s amazing how many people in Britain know
    absolutely nothing about what’s in the sea in Britain. I love that aspect to it, I love the fact
    that we get adults, teachers, even OAPs coming here, who say,
    ‘my god, I never knew that, that’s amazing.’ You know, they learn something, they learn
    something new when they come and visit. And how long have you been here? I bought it myself nine years ago. It was launched by four partners I believe,
    or maybe three originally and then two of the partners
    were a couple They sold the business to me so they actually branched out to
    do Halen Mon Sea Salt next door so they are still using the water
    from the Menai Strait but they’re using it to make salt now. So you two opened the Anglesey Sea Zoo. You’re the de facto heroes of the entire film. Bit scary, isn’t it? First off, why don’t you tell me whether
    the whole thing is actually true? – It is true.
    – Absolutely. It was a pivotal moment of the Sea Zoo. It was really important cos we’d invested
    everything we had in the Sea Zoo and we’re on a remote island. At that time it was pre-Internet, pre-email and we wanted to tell people about it but we had no budget to do it but as soon as we floated the idea
    we produced a press release – Floated, see what you did there.
    – Yep. ‘Calling Mr. Piranha,’ it said ‘Officials doubt whether they’ll find
    a Mr. Piranha to invite …’ ‘… but there are plenty of other
    fishy names in the phone book.’ But we had to get herring, carp,
    spratling, pike, haddock, winkle, cockles And jelly. We had to make them
    a jelly in the end, didn’t we? The Jelly family came from Mold
    and they were some of the winners We did relax the rules for the Jellys because
    they came from Mold, we just couldn’t resist that one and they were very nice, weren’t they?
    They were very pleased. And we were in everything we were on the BBC World Service
    and we were in The Sun It seemed to be like a good news story
    and it worked beyond our wildest dreams, really. ‘Michael’s a star catch’ and
    ‘Top Fish is put in his plaice’ Every subeditor produced every
    corny thing they could come up with. – And now you’re over here making salt?
    – Yep. What did you do when you opened this place? We bought a birthday cake in
    the shape of the building. Hard to beat Michael Fish isn’t it? If there was a weatherman called Mr. Salt … Yeah, who could you get?
    You’d have to get, uh … You could get Salt from Salt & Pepa. Oh, great! So I’ve brought you back
    a gift from Anglesey Oh my goodness! This is amazing! So that is Michael Fish,
    at the opening of the Anglesey Sea Zoo and not only a salmon, but the salmon
    that was given to your grandmother That’s impossible! That’s ridiculous. Oh, I’m gonna cry. I’m not gonna cry. ♫ Rock music plays ♫ I have no recollection whatsoever
    of opening an aquarium in Anglesey cos I’ve opened so many aquariums
    that they all blend into one, as it were No, I never regretted having the name. Thinking back, it was probably an asset
    rather than anything else. It seems like it’s got you a fair bit of work? I had a song all about me as well. ♫ I wish, I wish ♫ ♫ He was like Michael Fish ♫ ‘Cute and cuddly and quite a dish’ When was this? That was about twenty years ago now,
    I’m not cute and cuddly any more.

    Pink Phoenix Dragon Boat Team is comprised entirely of breast cancer survivors
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    Pink Phoenix Dragon Boat Team is comprised entirely of breast cancer survivors

    November 11, 2019

    Pink Phoenix was actually the first all
    breast cancer dragon boat team to form in the United States. The team was to empower breast cancer survivors through the sport of dragon boating. We’ve been paddling since 1997. We have 90 active paddlers and we have a 116 total members. We take three boats out — that’s 66 women, 22 per boat. It’s not individual effort. It’s your
    individual effort along with your teammates to move the boat forward. You’re following the woman directly in front of you, so whenever her blade goes
    in the water, your blade goes in the water. It gives you such an
    empowering feeling, even though I’ve gone through something horrible, and it really
    did break my body down, I’m able to build it back up. I’m able to build my strength back up. My first practice one of the women came up to me and said ‘Well, I’ve
    been paddling eight years,’ and right away my mind went to, ‘Well, she’s at least an
    eight year survivor.’ I’ve been a member of Pink Phoenix for 17 years. I signed up and, a friend who also in the neighborhood had breast cancer, we signed up together. The joy, the camaraderie, the challenge. Breast cancer really can take you down and Pink Phoenix, it gives a lot. It was in 1998 and I noticed a little lump. I had just had my daughter she was one at the time. 17th mammogram. It was a very aggressive treatment. They came back and didn’t say, ‘Okay we’ll see you next year,” and I knew then. When you find something
    like Pink Phoenix, all of a sudden everything that seems to be sort of
    floating out there and unable to be tethered to the ground,
    Pink Phoenix tethers us together. This was probably something I didn’t think I needed, but I really did need it. Paddling gives us strength, it gives us
    confidence, it gives us so much. In my mind, if I can push my body to its physical
    capacity, it reassures me I’m okay.

    British women seized by Iran while travelling in country amid spiralling tensions with UK  – Live Ne
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    British women seized by Iran while travelling in country amid spiralling tensions with UK – Live Ne

    November 10, 2019

    TWO British women have been arrested while travelling in Iran and locked up in a hellhole jail  The females – a blogger and an academic – have been detained as relations between the UK and Tehran soured further  The British-Australian pair were arrested separately and caged at the notorious Evin jail, The Times reports  A woman jailed at the prison has called it a “black hole of evil”, with claims of torture and brutality from guards  Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a 41-year-old British-Iranian mum-of one, has been held at the same jail since 2016 on spying charges  The blogger was reportedly seized ten weeks ago as she travelled with her Australian boyfriend TRAVEL HELL  She had been posting updates of their travels on YouTube and Instagram during their three years of travelling  But pals raised concerns when they stopped hearing updates from them a few weeks ago  An academic also arrested in Iran had studied at Cambridge University and was now a lecturer in Australia  She is said to be held in solitary confinement and has been sentenced to ten years in jail for an unknown offence, a source told The Times ‘TERRIBLE NEWS’  Although it isn’t known what she was convicted of, foreigners are often jailed for a decade on espionage charges  But it is believed the two Brits arrested are the first UK citizens without Iranian passports to be jailed in Iran in recent years  Prisoners say cells in the prison are filthy, overcrowded and infested with beetles, comparing it to torture chamber  The Australian government is taking the lead in both cases, with Britain urged to act  Tulip Siddiq, Mrs Zaghari Ratcliffe’s Labour MP, said “This terrible news shows a clear escalation of Iran’s hostage diplomacy  “Soft diplomatic responses to Iran’s illegal and inhumane treatment of British prisoners have been a failure ”  It comes as Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, claimed a tanker seized in Gibraltar has now delivered its oil to Syria  Mr Raab said that the Adrian Darya-1’s oil was transferred in breach of EU sanctions  The 15,000-tonne ship was seized by a team of Royal Marines as it passed through the British territory’s waters on July 4 for trying to bust European sanctions and take oil to Syria  Iran is preparing to release a British tanker that was seized in retaliation.  The Stena Impero was boarded in the Strait of Hormuz  It comes after Iranian officials said some of the group would be released from the Stena Impero after seven weeks for “humanitarian reasons”  There was no word from hardline rulers in Iran’s capital Tehran on the fate of the remaining Stena Impero crew, none of whom are British  The vessel had been intercepted after the Adrian Darya-1 was seized with the aid of British forces in July, suspected of ferrying oil to the Assad regime in breach of EU sanctions  the Adrian Darya-1 was released on August 18 and Iran claimed it was heading for the Kalamata port in Greece, a port too small to accommodate a ship of that size  But satellite images showed the vessel just two nautical miles off the port city of Tartus on Syria’s Mediterranean coast  The UK’s Foreign Office said in a statement that reports about the ship’s location were “deeply troubling”, and that for Iran to renege on its assurances would be a “violation of international norms and a morally bankrupt course of action”  The Stena Impero was seized on July 20 and footage showed balaclava-clad Iranian commandos abseil onto its deck  Iran’s Revolutionary Guard launched a gunboat and helicopter raid on the tanker, which is registered in the UK, claiming it had turned off its tracker and ignored warnings  Footage showed speedboats surrounding the stricken vessel before the commandos stormed the ship  British warship HMS Montrose sped to help the tanker Iran but arrived ten minutes too late  In response Boris Johnson ordered the Royal Navy to accompany all British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz  We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at [email protected] or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too Click here to upload yours.

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    November 6, 2019

    hi guys this is quite a sombre video
    today so I apologize for that in advance but I think it’s quite an important
    subject and I thought it’d be worth covering recently rossella and I were
    entering an anchorage and we were about to anchor our boat in the distance we
    could see a RIB shooting along at about 20 knots and he was doing a large turn a
    circular turn and then we noticed that one after one the kids that which were
    on the boat were jumping off into the water and Rossella said to me isn’t that
    dangerous and I looked at it and if he had continued to do what he was doing they
    would have got away with it but we continued to watch we were a bit jittery
    watching it and then all of a sudden we saw basically a young girl – we found out
    later she was 15 years old – she jumped off the bow of the RIB and exactly what
    happened could be discussed for a very long time it could have been a wave it
    could have been just the girl herself it could have been a combination of things
    but she jumped off the bow of the RIB hit the water and went underneath the
    boat directly underneath the RIB and I feel awful just even thinking back to it
    it was just terrible to watch and she did this like really happy jump up in the
    air straight up happy starfish you know really happy and I don’t know I haven’t
    worked it out but 20 knots from the bow of the boat to the engine you’re talking a
    fraction of a second and basically she went underneath the boat the driver
    panicked and he was doing a large curve like that which was keeping the
    propeller away from the kids who jumped in he turned the opposite direction so
    the boat was going around in a circle she jumped in at the bow
    he turned what was actually the wrong way and brought the the propeller
    straight on top of her and you know we heard kind of afterwards kids screaming
    and kind of horrible noises and basically they got her out of the water
    took her into the port and then you know we kind of stayed there feeling quite
    sick and we could hear the ambulance and different things we didn’t know if she’d
    been killed or anything but basically afterwards I went online and we saw that
    yes she was a 15 year old girl she suffered multiple lacerations to her
    legs so you know she was very lucky to survive for a 15 year old girl having
    scars all down your legs probably feels like the end of the world so she’s
    probably you know mentally gonna suffer for the rest of her life and also the
    driver of the boat you know it’s easy to criticize people but we all make
    mistakes and I don’t want to criticize the driver of that boat directly because
    he’ll no doubt do that himself for the rest of his life no doubt he’s replayed
    this situation in his head had many times over already and you know it’s not my place
    to criticize him but the purpose of this video it’s just to kind of spread
    awareness so if you can share this video with other people please then we may be
    able to save people’s lives. Just before making this video I went online and
    found three incidents like this in August 2017 just in Italy there was the
    one that we saw, there was a 21 year old girl on a hire boat in the south of
    Italy she jumped off, the boat went on top of her and she suffered multiple
    lacerations all over her body which nearly killed her from blood loss – and
    the third incident was a 68 year old lady who was in a tender with three
    other people they were going along in their tender it was a very high traffic
    area a motor boat went past really quickly and caused their tender to topple
    over and then immediately afterwards she was run over by a powerboat and she was
    decapitated by the propeller of the motor boat so I’m really sorry to have
    to raise this in a video it’s a very sombre subject I feel a little bit sick
    thinking back to what we saw this summer but it’s such an important subject you
    often see kids in anchorage’s playing around in the tender, and I’m not saying
    I necessarily disagree with that, all I’m saying is we need to be really careful
    about what we do with engines and it only takes a fraction of a second and
    one minute you can be having a beautiful day in the sunshine the next minute your
    whole life could change so please share this message share this video and let’s
    try and save some lives getting this message out there engines
    are extremely dangerous and we all have to pay great attention when we’re out on
    the water to be careful not to injure anybody.

    Sailing & Exploring the World: SAILBOAT SHOPPING & We bought a boat (La Vida Adventures) 16.4
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    Sailing & Exploring the World: SAILBOAT SHOPPING & We bought a boat (La Vida Adventures) 16.4

    November 5, 2019

    Here we are We’re down at a marina checking out some boats. Well I think we got a good idea of what we want. But it shall not be revealed yet. And it’s going to be a surpise until next time. So we decided on a boat. We made an offer And they accepted The next step is getting the boat hauled out to have an inspection done We’re at the boat yard Walking down to the dock to see our boat get hauled out of the water We are pretty excited to see it come out of the water There she is Umm we closed on this boat Umm and we had some little repairs we had to get done Just doing some TLC to the boat What you doing? Trying to put a fire out. Is that what that smell is. For real!! Maybe When I drilled this hole the wood got really hot and there was a lot of smoke coming from the crack the fire extinguisher The house is a little bit of a mess we had a fresh water leak that we found out was in the hot water heater just had to redo some of the fittings re teflon and that was good to go more less cosmetic upgrades yup Umm but since we closed on the boat we have been just like slowly moving things onto it so we’ve got like kitchen stuff all on it umm so it’s fully livable for kitchen stuff bathroom stuff umm of course Rob’s got his TV installed umm and we listed our house for sell so about a week after we closed on the boat we listed our house for sale this weekend we moved a lot of stuff onboard umm and so that now we have some clothes on here so that way when we come stay for now until we sell the house like we don’t have to worry about bringing anything anymore umm so we did that on Friday So yesterday we said okay well lets take the boat out for the first time by ourselves about a month and a half ago we did ASA sailing class and we did a whole week on like learning to sail but yesterday we took the boat out by ourselves and umm basically I felt like everything I learned went out the window and then it came back to me at the end of the day on oh ya this is what your suppose to do ya I think that was a big thing just getting back out there and I mean when we first started getting the sails up and stuff it was a little hecktic umm Jodi thought that we were going to tip over it was blowing like 15 knots so it was pretty windy Yesterday sailing I was like ahhh all over the place and Robbie was like just calm down your okay Its okay just slow down And I was like I had not had a freak out moment putting me on the boat I was completely fine and we had our two dogs before I knew that the boat heeled over I guess just now and we had our two dogs on the boat it was like uhh if something goes wrong this is my house but once we got the sails up and kind of got our bearings straight we umm I think we did pretty good we actually ended up doing I think this was on accident, but some how we got the sails up correctly and in the right point of sail where we were right up to nine knots so and to go ten knots is pretty good and not being weather-helmed so umm ya I would have to say for us being some novice sailors and umm kind of just putting it together and getting the feel for everything we were that was pretty awesome that’s about it guess we’ll check in after we end up sailing bye Subscribe

    Charleston Local Regains Quality of Life Following Boating-Related Accident Thanks to MUSC Health
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    Charleston Local Regains Quality of Life Following Boating-Related Accident Thanks to MUSC Health

    November 5, 2019

    My name is Alex Rama, and
    I live on Isle of Palms. I enjoy riding horses,
    going to the gym, and I love anything
    on the water. On July 31st, 2018,
    I was out in the boat with two of my good friends. My friend was actually
    off the back of the boat, and he was in like
    mid-chest high of water. And instead of diving
    right on top of him, I just decided to dive on
    the other side of the prop. I didn’t see any
    fluctuation in water, had polarized sunglasses on,
    thought I did everything right. So when I drove off,
    there just happened to be a foot of
    pluff mud, and that’s where my injury happened. I quickly realized that
    I had broken my neck or somehow severed
    my spinal cord. I tried to move my arms
    to flip myself over, I couldn’t move my arms. As morbid as it
    sounds, I quickly realized that I was either
    going to be a quadriplegic, or I was going to die. She had what’s called a
    Jefferson fracture in her neck. So it was a fracture of the
    ring of the first cervical vertebrae, and that led
    to a lot of instability in her cervical spine. The initial treatment at
    MUSC was to immobilize her in a hard collar. We evaluated her. We got additional scans,
    including an MRI scan, showing some ligamentous
    injury to her neck as well. It was clear off those
    pictures that the instability was significant and could be
    managed alone in a hard collar. And that she would need formal
    and definitive treatment for that which is an open
    instrumentation and fusion surgery involving the placement
    of hardware in C1 and C2 and stabilizing that joint. The intent of the hardware
    is to hold the C1 and C2 bones together. And then, we lay
    down bone products in the patient’s own bone, so
    that the patient can actually regrow bone over those
    two areas to facilitate was called bony fusion. So that the bones are
    permanently healed and will not move anymore. To me, Dr. Kalhorn and
    his nurse practitioner have been absolutely wonderful. They’re super
    helpful, informative, and I couldn’t be
    happier with their care. Moving forward, I
    think she should have a really good prognosis. She’s been able to go
    back to work and some of her regular activities. I think she’s going to be
    able to live a normal life. She’s going to be able to
    go back to regular activity. She’s a big fan of
    horseback riding, and I think we’ll be able to
    get her back to doing that even.