This past Wednesday I spent an entire day (and much of the night) with recent rescuees Jen Appel, Tasha Fuiava, and their two dogs. My motivation was partly curiosity and partly a desire to get some truth out there about these two sailors, to stop the attacks and feeding frenzy on what seem like a couple of women with little more than poor decisionmaking and sailing skills.
What I found was not that surprising: Jen Appel was just another hopeful cruiser who set off without anything like the experience or tools to complete her voyage – not unlike the half dozen who are rescued every year – while Tasha and the dogs were mostly just passengers. I also found that they were kind people, and that unlike so many other clueless rescuees or RTW sailors – Rimas, Reid Stowe, Dr. Paris to name a few – they never sought out attention or press, and much of their debacle comes from the way they were fed to the media lions with no experience and no one watching out for them.
Would I go to sea with these women? Probably not. But they’re not bad people, and when you dig down under the craziness of their early interviews, you find some interesting bits and bobs. Start digging via the player above, or head over to iTunes or Stitcher to download on your mobile device. The full SA Podcast library is here.