Still in Florida, update from “chained to the dock, Rick & Teri”.
We were so close to leaving for Haiti with our friend Sequoia Sun and his crew…when our insurance company informed us that now they could not insure us in Haiti. No How, No Way! They always knew our plan to go there.
We are now into over a week long search for insurance for s/v Oceans to go to Haiti and around the world.
We had about 6 other things happen at almost the same time, that were departure stoppers or close to it.
This is rather hard!
Big dreams/goals don’t happen without big efforts.
We will succeed and we are happy to celebrate The Birth of Jesus Christ.
During this Beautiful, Joyful Season, may you feel and live with the Peace of Jesus Christ.
At Vimeo there is a 13 minute film, The Course. This was made 3 years ago by Audra Blake, she was a film student at University of North Carolina Wilmington. She approached me about doing a short film about me. I thought she was joking. I agreed if it could help promote those we were trying to help. Teri and I had joined Sea Mercy and were dreaming of our future, to help others on very remote islands , sail around the world, and leave a positive impact with those we met.
The painstaking tasks of fitting, s/v Oceans out for “Big Water and Big Purpose”.
All New: (7) solar panels and 2 solar controllers
All New standing & running rigging
Code Zero Sail
(12) interior fans
water maker & change of location
(2) Anchors; chain & rode
(2) Sail Drives
Cockpit wind shield
Exterior salon window shades
Added 2 new port lights to the 2 forward staterooms
Replaced All hatches
Fort Pierce to St.Augustine to Carolina Beach, NC.
Crew with us: Kim-Marie & Brandon Winchip, Mike Bartz.
St. Augustine: thru-hull valve work, took several weeks, Mike had to return home to go to work.
July 23, 2016 at 3:21pm
Departure St. Augustine Marine Center 1:00pm
bearing from sea buoy: 048
Rick/Kim : 3-8pm off
Teri/Brandon: 3-8pm on
5 hr watches during daylight, 4 hr watches night
Motor (port) sail to keep speed 6+ kts
Calm seas, AWS 8.+kts
July 24, 2016 at 12:27am Brandon & I (Teri) on watch 12-4am. Beautiful night! Mars visible off stern, as well as Saturn, lots of starts, clear night. Container ship on our port side, just passed lighted beacon on our starboard. Thank You, Jesus