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 www.newhorizonsofswfl.org 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.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The trip down from Inagua went smoothly until we arrived at the west tip of the southern arm of Haiti. Wind went from 15 knots to 35 on the nose and seas from 2-4ft. to 8-10ft.
Being fully loaded and discretion being the better part of valor I reversed course and we hid out in a small cove northwest of the village of Tiburon until the sun set and the wind died down to the point of being manageable. I like to arrive in the dark so as to not telegraph our arrival and because of the delay we didn't drop anchor until 0630 at Port Morgan. Sister Flora's boat came immediately and we offloaded all the Meals of Hope by the end of the day. The orphanage is doing well and our cargo of food, medical supplies, and the dresses and shorts that were made by Sewing Hands were well received. Our Naples contact that supplied 1,000 used tennis balls from Collier's Reserve would have smiled if he could see the joy of the children upon receiving tennis balls! What a hit the balls make and it's fun to see the kids happiness with such a simple thing. Bill Clinton is due to arrive to the island for a visit tomorrow and I had a long talk with a couple of the Secret Service agents assigned to his detail. Things are changing in this part of the world, for the better? only time will tell. We are hoping for the weather to break tomorrow and we will depart for Florida. The schooner is having a few issues of concern and I will be relieved to be back in Florida waters soon!!
Posted by Star of the Sea at 11:45 AM
After enjoying the wonderful hospitality at Bob Pratt's Southside Marina and an uneventful sail from Provo we arrived at Great Inagua early in the morning. Customs went fairly smoothly and once again Brother Carl helped with the money for the transshipment bond. The little harbor was full with captured drug freighters and other local boats so we moved boats around so we could squeeze in for the loading process. We got all the cargo aboard and secured by 1830 and then stood offshore while we made ready for sea and ate dinner. Underway by 2100 for the Windward passage and Haiti!
Posted by Star of the Sea at 7:20 AM
Sunday, June 10, 2012
We had a very calm crossing from the Exumas to Cat Island arriving at 0600 to the Port of Smith Bay. The children from the Old Bight Mission Home arrived to offload cargo in the afternoon when school had let out. Five pickup truck loads later, all cargo was delivered to the home. To our surprise our former shipmate Shaquille Moss who had traveled to Haiti with us last summer had decided to postpone his pilot training for a month and will accompany the crew for the rest of the voyage. On June 8 we had the pleasure of attending Shaquille's high school graduation ceremony! On June 6 Zach was able to make the first delivery of over 500 lbs. of medical supplies to the local clinic here on Cat Island. His charity, Open Vessel Missions, has another thousand pounds of medical supplies aboard that will go to Sister Flora's mission on Lle a Vache, Haiti. We have spent the past few days with some boat projects and a much needed nap and also a little sightseeing on the island. We will leave for Provo. in the morning and after taking on fuel and water there we will sail to Inagua to load in the Meals of Hope that were donated by Estero United Methodist Church. Oh yea... fuel is $6.45 a gallon here.....Yikes
Posted by Star of the Sea at 7:29 AM
The ship and crew had a fair weather crossing of the gulf stream on our way to the Exumas where we spent time with old friends and made new ones. "Summer crabs" were in abundance this year and I'm happy to report that there was fewer lion fish to shoot this year than in the past. Zach and Javier were able to visit the beautiful Thunderball Cave in Staniel Cay and we spent a couple days at Little Farmers Cay where we attended a very uplifting Sunday service at the local Baptist Church. On the way to Cat Island now, we should arrive on June 5. Capt. Bob
Posted by Star of the Sea at 7:14 AM