Wait­ing for the tide

Practical Boat Owner - - Contents - with the ed­i­tor Rob Melotti

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The news from the In­dian Ocean has been re­lent­less. Two Golden Globe yachts were rolled and dis­masted within 48 hours and skip­per Ab­hi­lash Tomy, who I tipped as a po­ten­tial win­ner, ap­pears to have suf­fered a se­vere back in­jury. As we went to press both he and Ir­ish skip­per Gre­gor McGuckin had been res­cued. For the full story, see page 6.

On a com­pletely dif­fer­ent tack, I spent the day sail­ing with two live­aboards dur­ing the Southamp­ton Boat Show – an Amer­i­can and a Haitian, Dan and Kika – who have made them­selves fa­mous by re­leas­ing weekly videos that they de­vise, film, edit and post them­selves on their YouTube chan­nel Sail­ing Uma (Uma is the name of their boat).

The cou­ple bought their 1972 Pear­son 36 four years ago for $3,000 with no engine and a wob­bly keel and have filmed them­selves fit­ting their own elec­tric engine, lithium bat­ter­ies, fix­ing keel­bolts and grind­ing fi­bre­glass. They are down-to-earth and great com­pany. Look out for a more in depth in­ter­view and ar­ti­cle from me next is­sue.

Dan and Kika are the sec­ond YouTube sail­ing cou­ple to have been in­vited to the UK by Na­tional Boat Shows. Their Sail­ing Uma pre­sen­ta­tion on the stage at Southamp­ton Boat Show went down a storm and is def­i­nitely a step in the right di­rec­tion to­ward at­tract­ing new, young boat own­ers away from all the com­pet­ing in­ter­ests on land and out on to the wa­ter.

Kika and Dan from the YouTube chan­nel Sail­ing Uma en­joy­ing some late sum­mer con­di­tions on the So­lent dur­ing Southamp­ton Boat Show

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