In the video above, Capt. Jim Wilson talks about being stuck in St. Paul with Capt. Phil and the Cornelia Marie this year while crab fishing. Jim was on of the guys Phil wanted to take his place when he had his stroke in February. Jim is currently the skipper of the F/V Cornelia Marie while our boat finishes its salmon tendering contract in Alaska. This video features Phil’s good friends telling stories about him and was made specifically to raise money for the “Commercial Fishermen’s Festival”.
I recently watched the short tribute DVD honoring Captain Phil Harris. Besides the round table discussion, it also includes exclusive photos of Phil’s memorial and other pics submitted by his friends and family. The DVD does not compare to the tribute show produced by Discovery Channel, but the DVD sales go toward a good cause. Josh told Johnathan and Harry Lewis that he really enjoyed the tribute honoring his dad. If you donate $20 to the festival, you will receive a copy of the DVD – check out the online store.
The “Commercial Fishermen’s Festival” takes place in Astoria, Oregon on September 18-19, 2010. Astoria is a working fishing community and the home of many Alaska fishermen. The mission of the festival is to help commercial fishermen – from educating the public about the industry to educating themselves so they can save lives. The guys behind the festival and on the board are friends of Capt. Phil. In fact, Phil was scheduled to attend.
The festival organizers decided to rename their signature competition to the “Captain Phil Harris Highliner Competition”. I plan on attending with my family as well as (hopefully) Josh and Jake. Johnathan, Andy (and maybe Keith and Sig) are also going to be there. There’s a great write-up of the event on the F/V Time Bandit’s website. I guess you can even win a ride with Johnathan on the “Time Bandit Harley”. The organizers are adding more cool events, so check back with their website for updates. If you’re a Deadliest Catch fan, I’m guessing you’ll have a great time.