The Captain’s Log
his edition of our newsletter is very special.
Just as I was finishing up the January – February issue my computer died. Then after re-writing the whole thing again on Meggi's computer hers decided to pop a rivet.
Well, there was no way to fix either one until we arrived in Singapore. Once safely tied up at Raffles Marina our first trip to town was Meggi's computer to the Apple repair shop. 4 days later Meggi's machine was like new again, but so much time had been lost I find I must re-write most of this newsletter and integrate 2 more months into it. Then the boat show caught up with us with all the panic that entales while next thing we knew we were at sea on our way to Jakarta. Sorry if if this one is a bit long, but so much has happened that we want to share with you.
Usually we try and fill these newsletters with useful tips, tricks, and advice to make living on the water or owning a boat easier and when possible less expensive. The whole ethos of these newsletters is to share practical experiences with our friends. That said, we have noticed there are three types of friends who subscribe: those interested in Vega and her history as a boat, those interested in our experiences afloat, and those interested in assisting in our humanitarian work. Most editions are heavy on advice and tips with a goodly dose of maritime lore and seamanship. The humanitarian aspect of Vega's life is restricted to the latest developments and our successes. This issue is different.
The first few months of every year we are busy trying to fill the lists of requests we have from the people we assist. If we fail we will not have the items we need to deliver. If we succeed then our year will be successful.
From May until end of September we are at sea delivering those items.
You will still find advice, and a few good tips in this issue, but the real thrust is to bring you up to date on our humanitarian work and the island communities we assist in the hope you will want to become involved and help them also. I promise the next issue will be back to the old format and much more interesting to those only interested in Vega the boat and her history.
Vega's survival depends on many things, but by far the most important is her continued success in assisting others, that is the most socially responsible way we have found to keep her at sea, alive, and working. A boat like Vega tied to a pier will quickly die. As long as she is working and being kept in sea-worthy condition she can live for another 100 years. To do that we need your help to procure the educational and medical supplies we deliver and for Vega's modest running costs.
As one friend observed, "What you two have created is a classic "Mom and Pop" charity". It's true. There are no big companies or NGO's pouring money into what we do every month and Vega is all we own. In fact every month is a scramble just to cover our running costs, while at the same time gathering all the supplies and equipment we need for our deliveries. Perhaps that is why we are so proud of our successes and why our contact with the people we assist is so personel.
Fuel and lube oil for this years Missions of Mercy ... more »
At last solar power comes to Vega
For years now we dreamed of having solar panels, not only because they would reduce our fuel consumption, but also to reduce our carbon footprint in the delicate ecosystems we visit. We estimated that a proper solar system would reduce our daily generator run time by 1/3 - 1/2. There is also the worry that our only generator could fail at any moment, it is not the youngest one afloat. The problem was finding panels that were efficient and truely marine. Read the whole article here »
Former ModuSpec Bvd President Leo Nagtegaal to sponsor 1st phase of vocational training center in East Timor ... more about the project »
Educational equipment and Supplies
Nutrition, health care, and education are the keys to sustainable community development and growth. In our travels we meet some of the most dedicated teachers you can imagine. Teachers working with nothing, teaching reading and writing using sharp sticks and the ground as their black board. Communities proudly show us schools they built using their own labor and materials complete with small village made desks - yet those schools lack even the most basic teaching materials.
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