How to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in this world is what New Horizons is all about. Please check out our website at We provide educational opportuinities for at-risk children in Southwest Florida. We are able to provide humanitarian aid to our Caribbean neighbors with our 68-foot cargo schooner, "Star of the Sea." The schooner is also used as a teaching tool for the "Call to Adventure" program that mentors young men at sea.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

In Memory Captain David Nichols March 16,1934 - November 27, 2010

After unloading our cargo I received a phone call from home informing me of my dad passing away. I will fly home to spend time with my mom and sisters and then fly back to
Cat Island to continue our voyage, dad would have wanted it that way.

Capt. Dave or Captain Nine Knots as he was known to his many friends, passed suddenly Saturday morning at home while having a conversation with mom. I thank God he did not suffer and ask for your prayers to help comfort mom and my sisters. Dad was a generous and caring man who shared his knowledge of the sea with generations of boaters. His love of the sea was only surpassed by his love of his wife Debbie and his children Sharon, Robert, Susan, Stephanie and his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. I will miss him greatly


  1. Captain Bob,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. May God grant you peace, safe travels as you fly home to be with family, and voyages filled with purpose and fond memories of your dad.

    Jim Van-

  2. Bob-
    I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Good luck on your latest journey!

    Thinking of you,
    Cayla Stanley

  3. Hey Bob, Beth and I are so sorry to hear about the passing of Captain Nine Knots, and know what a great loss this is to your Mom, and to all of you as well. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, so we give thanks for his life and legacy, and pray that God blesses you and your family in this time of sorrow. We look forward to your safe return and tales of adventure. Many blessings, Ed and Beth

  4. Bob,
    So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing!
    I know he must have been pleased with the turn(s) your life has taken and proud of who you have become.
    We just returned from a celebration/family reunion of my Dad's 80th BD on the same day that Capt. Dave passed.
    It's good that you were able to live nearby.
    May God bless and comfort you and your family.
    -Wendell and Kay