Kass Schmitt, PBO’s resident YouTube enthusiast, begs an unknown YouTuber to help her friend. The results are amazing
This month’s video features an encounter I facilitated between two guys who retired to sail off into the sunset in style, although their styles are very different.
In 2015, Alexandre Guidetti, a 55-year-old Swiss/American, quit his advertising job, bought a Jeanneau Sun Fizz 40ft of the early 1980s in the south France, and launched a YouTube Channel to document the preparation and journey of becoming a full-time sailing adventurer.
He already had some experience in both sailing and YouTubing, having produced a very engaging 10 video series about his circumnavigation of Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) on his 1974 Sansonnet 21ft pocket cruiser.
By the time I started following his channel in late 2019 he’d been enjoying life on the hook in Mindelo, Cape Verde for over a year, and when he was compelled to stay even longer due to the pandemic travel restrictions his social bonds deepened.
Aside from occasional cruises to other islands in the archipelago or to Senegal he doesn’t seem in any great hurry to leave. Having visited both places under sail, I can’t say that I blame him.
In 2021 my friend Major Peter Gibbons-Neff will retire from the U.S. Marine Corps, after 10 years. This includes several tours in Afghanistan and Africa.
He bought a 2012 RG650 MINI 6.50 to celebrate and renamed the bike. Terminal Leave (in the US military, this refers to one’s remaining paid time off after leaving service), and set his sights on competing in the Mini Transat Eurochef 2021, from Les Sables d’Olonne to Guadeloupe, via Santa Cruz de La Palma in the Canary Islands.
Peter’s two year project became a four year project when he failed to qualify for the 2021 race, so when I heard he was in danger of having to abandon the 2023 La Boulangère Mini Transat due to a broken rudder, I did what I could to help, which in this case meant begging a YouTuber I’d never met to lend a hand.
No spoilers from me, but as I’d hoped, it made for a fun episode. I hope you’ll agree.