Re-Floating Winsome

The first of my articles about Hurricane Marty, “Re-Floating Winsome” tells the story of a very determined group of cruisers who salvaged a number of boats that went aground during the storm. With no professional salvage crew in the area, cruisers helped cruisers to save 9 boats. The biggest challenge was Winsome, shown in the photo where she landed, high and dry about 4 miles from where she had been anchored.

“Re-Floating Winsome” not only provides a narrative of what we did, it also provides a detailed analysis of what we did right and wrong — useful information should you ever be called upon to rescue a boat under any circumstances, not just in the aftermath of a hurricane. This was originally published in Latitude 38 magazine in November 2003.

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11 Comments
  • Sue Waudby on Facebook
    Posted at 24 May 2012 Reply

    Connie was just telling us this story yesterday. Now it really comes to life with the photos. Thanks.

  • The Boat Galley on Facebook
    Posted at 24 May 2012 Reply

    Say hi to her!

  • Stephanie Hamilton
    Posted at 09 August 2014 Reply

    this was an amazing time, that’s for sure!

  • CherylAnn Falconer
    Posted at 09 August 2014 Reply

    Thanks Carolyn for sharing .

  • Evelyn Mull
    Posted at 05 May 2016 Reply

    Did you notice the Bayfield 29 in the mangroves this morning? Results of the big winds last night, gusting to about 40 kph.

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 05 May 2016 Reply

      Saw pictures, but didn’t hear anything more and we’ve had the radio on all day.

    • Evelyn Mull
      Posted at 05 May 2016 Reply

      It surprised me when I saw it after the net. Haven’t seen anyone around it either.

    • Evelyn Mull
      Posted at 06 May 2016 Reply

      Latest news: a small boat and a dinghy pulled the Bayfield to a mooring ball just now.

  • Peg Dixon
    Posted at 05 May 2016 Reply

    What an amazing team effort! BRAVO!

  • Ric Lamont
    Posted at 06 May 2016 Reply

    Wow what an Adventure!

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