AUTHOR: DEE SAUNDERS
PUBLISHER: FINE EDGE
This is a chillingly true story by
first time Pacific Northwest author Dee Saunders. You
may know Dee and Marshall Saunders. They currently reside
on Whidbey Island and own Penguin, a Newberry Port 52
sundeck trawler, previously docked in Roche Harbor.
Dee and Marshall are inveterate and
avid cruisers and fisher people, having circumnavigated
Vancouver Island and cruised and fished from Desolation
Sound to Southeast Alaska. They were not always power
boaters, however, and Unsinkable is a remarkable story
involving an incredible accident at sea while sailing
their beloved sailboat, Clambake, a Tayana 52 sloop,
from Mexico to Tahiti, and the even more incredible
story of their recovery from that disaster.
The acquisition of Clambake was the
culmination of one dream (retirement) and the beginning
of another (becoming live-a-boards and sailing to paradise).
Marshall had sailed across the Pacific a number of times
on other boats and he and Dee had set a goal of early
retirement so that they could resume blue water cruising
on their dream boat.
The book chronicles their businesses
successes and setbacks and their early sailing days
prior to acquiring Clambake. With their goal in sight,
and having a stroke of luck in finding the “perfect”
boat, Dee and Marshall commenced the dual tasks of liquidating
their business and preparing for the trip to Tahiti.
They moved all of their worldly possessions aboard Clambake.
After all, this boat was now their home.
They were prepared for every eventuality
– almost. The first night out, off the coast of
Mexico heading towards Tahiti, on a warm, clear night,
they were struck by a 700 foot long Korean freighter.
Clambake went down in 90 seconds. The freighter kept
Dee tells of the amazingly difficult
rescue and what it was like to lose virtually everything,
including their identities, and then climb back, along
the way fighting a big Korean company, lawyers and insurance
They did persevere through courage
and determination and they eventually did make it to
Tahiti, although in a substantially different manner
than they had planned.
This book is just a darn good read.
It is now available at www.fineedge.com or through any
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