I began this with Vega on anchor in a lovely tropical lagoon off Koh Muk, Thailand fresh from the boat yard and with another clean bill of health. We should not need the boat yard again for 2-3 years thanks to the Jotun SeaQuantum Ultra anti fouling and a lot of hard work this last time in the yard. The wonderful feeling when the boat goes back in the water completely clean and everything as it should be is hard to explain to anyone other than another boat owner.
» See a gallery of photo’s from Vega in the boat yard .
Then on the 3rd of February we took up the duties of “Press Boat” for the 13th Phang Nga Bay Regatta. That regatta is known for it’s great sailing and wonderful scenic backgrounds. Sailing through some of Thailand’s most scenic islands in company with so many other beautiful boats was an experience to be cherished. The parties at the end of each days racing, or in our case “getting in the way”, were – well - great parties! If you have the chance this is the most enjoyable regatta of the entire South East Asian circuit.
» View some lovely images of that regatta
We started March with a long list of goals and objectives each of which seemed to lead us in a different direction. Then all of a sudden things started to happen. First Dr. Donald Kafa returned to the Solomon Islands from his year of special training in Australia. As most of you know we have worked very closely over the years with Dr. Kafa to support the under staffed and under supplied medical and educational services of Isabel Province in the Solomon’s. When he went away for a year everything went on hold. Now he is back and with a longer list of needs than ever. Anyone up to helping us make deliveries of medical and educational supplies?
» Read more about the project
Thanks to a friend in Norway who owns a major hydraulics company, and the help of his engineers, we may at last be able to sort out the mess made of our anchor winch when we were last in Singapore.
» For more click here
From the 15th – 18 April Vega will be one of the featured boats at Boat Asia, in Singapore. This is one of S. E. Asia’s largest and most prestigious boat shows. During the show Vega will not be idle. In keeping with our desire to help underprivileged children we will be one of the attractions supporting the gala fund raising for the Singapore Needy Children’s School Fund. A fund that provides funding and support for needy children’s educational expenses.
» Boat Asia
This month’s cover and feature article on Vega in SEA Yachting Magazine was a blessing. Granted they only talk about the boat and not our humanitarian work but at least people get a chance to see and learn more about Vega and her history. For a boat like Vega media exposure is our life’s blood. Vega can only accomplish her missions with the help of a wide spectrum of people and companies who assist us. It is impossible for two people to make deliveries, gather supplies and materials to deliver, and find the funding for fuel and other expendables, while keeping Vega in top running order. That is where we depend quite heavily on our network of sponsors, friends, and supporters. It never ceases to amaze me how many people share the dream of one small old wooden boat striving against all odds to stay alive and assist a few isolated island communities.
» See the article.