The Course

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.

Big Water and Big Purpose

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

Maiden Voyage July 2016



July 2016

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