Captains Calamities have struck again
Steve Shapiro, who is a 71-year-old screenwriter from California and his “co-captain” Bob Weise had to be rescued for the 9th time on February 25th, 2016. Mr Shapiro purchased his vessel “Nora” this past July in Norway. Nora is an 18 ton gaff cutter that, to put it kindly, I wouldn’t sail across a small lake in its current condition.
Aside from costing $8K to $10K per rescue, these guys are in serious danger of losing their lives. It was a joke at the beginning, but not any more. And believe it or not, they haven’t even gotten to the real Atlantic Ocean yet. They’ve just been sailing down the coast from Norway to the UK.
I’m sure “Nora” was, and could again be made a very seaworthy vessel. But judging from the pictures and the disasters they’ve had so far, it is anything but. However, the bigger issue in my mind is the incompetence of the crew. They don’t have the experience to take on the Atlantic and they appear to be living out some sort of late life crisis, all on borrowed time.
I don’t know how, or even if, you can legally stop people from setting out on such ill-advised voyages. But we don’t “have to” rescue them. Perhaps if that is made clear to them, they’ll rethink their plans. In any case, let’s hope they come to their senses and stop this thing before somebody gets killed (including rescuers).
Here is an interview done with these 2 gentleman and it pretty much sums up their utter incompetence and lack of respect for A Serious Ocean.