Yesterday I posted about the minor controversy surrounding the HMS Bounty’s recent tour of the UK. Last night I received the below Google Alert Black Pearl Sails into Plymouth. Interestingly, the URL for this alert is the Disney’s Official Pirates of the Caribbean website.
It’s interesting how the HMS Bounty just can’t seem to navigate herself out of storm clouds of controversy. First there was the unfortunate adult film high (seas) hijinks. (reported here and here). Now there seems to be a lot of disappointed Brits who thought they were visiting a Pirates of the Caribbean II and III movie star. (Well, they were but just not the one they thought.)
I’ve had the pleasure to help a group of community volunteer leaders launch a new nonprofit in my hometown of Mattapoisett, MA. The Mattapoisett Community Sailing Association was founded to accomplish a number of worthwhile objectives.
The real catalyst for MattSail was the death of Billy Mee, a fixture on the Mattapoisett waterfront and friend of many. The organization’s first program was named the William E. Mee Youth Sailing Program in order to honor his legacy as an expert sailor who introduced a lot of area residents to the sport and his passion.
After reading the NY Times article, I was intrigued by its inspiration, an essay entitled “A Failure of Generalship” published in the May 2007 issue of Armed Forces Journal.
Remarkably, the author of “A Failure of Generalship” is active duty Army deputy commander, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Lt. Co. Paul Yingling, who has served two tours in Iraq, another in Bosnia and a fourth in Operation Desert Storm. He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago.
Update: Roz Savage wrote a detailed blog posting of what transpired leading up to her USCG rescue.
Youtube video of USCG swimmer rescue:
I previously wrote about Roz Savage’s Pacific Ocean adventure here. Unfortunately, after experiencing equipment failure and heavy weather, she had to be rescued by the USCG earlier today. Here are a few stories: