UPDATE: Good News: Sailboat Thought to be Adrift Makes Eureka Landing With the Owner

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The Free Spirit was found abandoned off Fort Bragg. - COURTESY OF THE COAST GUARD
  • Courtesy of the Coast Guard
  • The Free Spirit was found abandoned off Fort Bragg.

Robert Dorris of Eureka, who had been considered missing after his ship, the Free Spirit, was found underway off Fort Bragg last night with what appeared to be no crew aboard, sailed into Humboldt Bay this afternoon and docked his vessel.

Britni Anderson. who works at the Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District, sent Redheaded Blackbelt a photo and said in an email, “The … Free Spirit just pulled into Woodley Island Marina. Robert is soaking wet and exhausted but he’s okay.”

The Redheaded Blackbelt was unable to reach Mr. Dorris, but Anderson said, “It was a really rough trip from SF to here. He took two big waves over the boat. His radio went out. It was so rough he was hiding out down below so the coast guard didn’t see him and Robert couldn’t hear them.”


The Coast Guard is asking for the public’s help in trying to find information after a 40-foot sailboat was found underway in the ocean off of Fort Bragg last night without anyone on board.

According to a release, the Free Spirit was recently sold to Eureka resident Robert Dorris, who had planned to sail from San Francisco to Humboldt Bay.

The Coast Guard is asking any one with information to contact Sector Humboldt Bay at 839-6113.


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