Sail Loot Podcast 055: A Sailor’s Story from the Eye of Hurricane Irma; Peter from Where The Coconuts Grow

By on September 30, 2017

A normal episode of the Sail Loot Podcast contains tips, advice, and stories about how others have been able to make a living on the water. This episode contains none of that.

This episode is purely to raise awareness about the impact of hurricanes this season on the Caribbean islands.

Peter had to get his wife, Jody, and his 3-month old, Brig, off of Tortola and out of the Caribbean by any means possible, but he had to stay on the island to secure his floating home, S/V Mary Christine.

All souls that remained in the islands were hoping that they eye of hurricane Irma would shift to the North of the British Virgin Islands. That didn’t happen. Tortola sustained a direct hit from hurricane Irma and the eye passed over the house where Peter, 4 of his friends, and his dog, Betsy, took shelter.

This is Peter’s story about surviving hurricane Irma.

Catamaran Beached and Upside Down on Tortola after Irma – credit Christine Perakis

Damaged Boats – credit Caribbean Buzz Helicopters

Sea Cow’s Bay after Hurricane Irma

Tortola Boat Damage

Virgin Gorda Receiving Aid – credit Javier Lopez

Virgin Gorda Supply Boat


A Few Things You’ll Learn about Peter’s Experience through Hurricane Irma:

  • Making plans for hurricane season.
  • Why Peter, Jody, and Brig couldn’t leave Tortola.
  • Having insurance during hurricane season and what that may or may not mean.
  • Where they decided to go for hurricane season.
  • How they were able to get Jody and Brig off of Tortola prior to hurricane Irma.
  • Their specific hurricane plan for their boat insurance.
  • Securing S/V Mary Christine, S/V Legato, and the Aristocat Charters Vessels.
  • Finding small, secure rooms and making key group decisions to survive through the eye walls of hurricane Irma.
  • The aftermath of hurricane Irma and the group’s missions to help those in need.
  • Their decision to move from their house in Belmont about 4 days after hurricane Irma.
  • All of the help from around the island that Peter didn’t see first hand.
  • The outpouring of help, love, and support from the States, St. Croix, and Puerto Rico. Note: Even the poorest island (and one of my favorites), Dominica, donated money, only to be destroyed by Maria a week later. Please don’t forget about Dominica.
  • Help with minutes for the satellite phone from Otterbox owners Curt and Nancy Richardson.
  • And much more!

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About Teddy

I am a 37 year old that just wants to find a way to make a remote income, gather some Sail Loot and cruise the world! I have been sailing for a couple of years now, but mostly on 10 day trips as vacationing crew. I just recently took sailing to the next level by completing my Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, and Bareboat Cruising Certifications! I am also Vice President of a Medical Consulting Company, have a Mechanical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, and have taken several Coding, Computing, and Online Business courses. It's time to share what I have learned!


  1. Linda Jentzsch

    October 1, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Thank you for giving us Peter and Jodi’s story. We sailed with them in March of this year. Was the best vacation I have ever had. We will be back.

    • Teddy


      October 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      I’ll be back at some point soon too!

  2. Dave & Lisa

    October 6, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Excellent interview of a first hand account of the recent hurricanes. It’s good to bring awareness of the situation.

    • Teddy


      October 6, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks guys! Enjoying the Annapolis Sailboat Show? If you see Brittney in her #BVIStrong gear give her a big hug and tell her that I say hello please!

      • Dave & Lisa

        October 8, 2017 at 9:37 am

        It was a good show but not our most fun. We thought we would have our retirement boat by now but that didn’t happen. We had to leave after Thursday to get back home.

        Didn’t see Brittney but we did see more than a few #BVIstrong shirts running around.

  3. Jenny

    November 23, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    I listened to this podcast while preparing for Thanksgiving. What good timing! I’m thankful for a roof over my head, and food in the cold frig. How wonderful it was to hear of others helping strangers even when they lost so much themselves. Thank you for sharing Peter, and thank you Teddy for creating this podcast. Thank you for the resources to help the sailors and island residents.

    • Teddy


      November 24, 2017 at 12:43 am

      Thank YOU Jenny. Glad you enjoyed it and glad to share those resources however I can.

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