Allen Carter, director of SFS in Chicago, and Ken Read at the North Sails Midwest party last week. Allen spoke to a crowd of supporters about the impact of their donated sails in Haiti. Ken Read talked about the latest amazing developments in his Comanche maxi-yacht program, what’s to come with the America’s Cup, and the Volvo Ocean Race. Everyone enjoyed a January night of great food, beer, music, and swapping sailing stories. A lot of funds were raised for SFS’s collection and shipping efforts in Chicago. Special thanks to Mary Carter of CheckGear for her contribution to the planning and execution of the event. Here is a link to the slideshow of pictures from Haiti that was played at the event.
We’ve just received an e-mail from Bernard in Haiti containing these photos and this message to all SFS donors: “Please see some pictures of your sail that were modify and put one Haitian sail boat…You don’t know how many fishermen that you are making happy with those sail. Please send as many as you can and if you have any old rope or pulley they will be more than welcome.”
Irving Elizee of MOTION snapped these photos as sails were distributed to fishermen of Mole St. Nicolas, Haiti this past weekend.
Allen and Mary attended the Chicago Yacht Club’s Verve Cup Regatta this past weekend and worked the crowds of competitors and spectators, spreading the word about Sails For Sustenance. Allen has led the SFS efforts in Chicago since 2011 and delivered over 100 sails to Haiti in that time! Many of the Chicago sails originated from large yachts and in some cases the fishermen in Haiti have made sails for two fishing boats from one donated sail! See our Where to Donate Sails page to learn how to reach Allen and his team in Chicago if you would like to donate or assist his efforts.
Members of the Boston University Sailing Team dedicated an afternoon of their Spring Break vacation in Miami to helping Sails for Sustenance prepare sails for shipment to fishermen in Haiti. The BU team has spent the past week training out of the Ransom Everglades school, sailing all day in the beautiful Biscayne Bay. The sailors spent Friday afternoon de-battening, flaking, and rolling sails in Peacock Park next to the Coconut Grove Sailing Club. A big thanks is owed to Jessica Crowley for organizing the BU squad. Best of luck to the team for the remainder of the season. Go Terriers! If your sailing team is visiting Miami and would like to get involved with Sails for Sustenance, e-mail email@example.com for information!
Brian House of Hope For Haiti passed these photos along after a recent meeting with some of the fishermen of Ile-a-Vache.
Before leaving for a long sail through the Caribbean on their boat Sunrise, Bill and Lara Calfee and their daughter Isobel agreed to carry sails collected by Sails for Sustenance to fishermen in Haiti. Sunrise docked briefly in Dinner Key Marina in Coconut Grove before the next leg of their voyage and took aboard 11 sails. From Miami they sailed around the Bahamas, and then to Haiti. They recently made the drop-off to Wagner Tanis of Friends of Ile a Vache who will distribute the sails to the local fishermen for use on their fishing boats. Click the thumbnails below for more photos taken by Bill and Lara while in Ile a Vache, Haiti. You can follow the adventures of Sunrise on their blog.
Today Sails for Sustenance dropped 27 bags of sails off at Food for the Poor’s shipping facility in Coconut Creek. The load consists of a total of 111 sails and will travel to Port-au-Prince, Haiti via sea freight in the next few weeks. In Port-au-Prince the sails will be retrieved by representatives of AQUADEV (Grand Goave) and Fondation le Mabouya (Jacmel).
On Sunday the University of Miami Sailing Canes spent the afternoon preparing 76 sails for the next shipment to fishermen in Haiti. The ‘Canes sail out of Coconut Grove Sailing Club and are currently ranked among the Top 20 teams in the nation. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for announcements of the next time we will be packing sails.
On Saturday Chicago-based volunteers Allen Carter and Jeff Gockstetter were on their way to the regatta in Key West when they passed through Miami and dropped off a load of sails that they had collected since August. On Sunday nine South Florida volunteers gathered at SFS HQ to prepare the sails for shipment to Haiti. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for announcements of the next time we will be packing sails.
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