The Captain’s Log
raw nye me hardies and I shall spin ye a yarn of a tall ship a sailing, tropical islands, volcano s glowing in the night, earth quakes, tsunamis, and a crew of adventurous hardies as they follow their hearts across thousands of miles of ill charted seas to fulfill their destiny. Theirs is a glorious destiny as bringers of hope, educational, and medical supplies to small isolated islands in South East Asia.
Tis a tale that rare be told...
I thought a bit of colorful sea talk for the intro wouldn t go amiss and would also let you know we have not forgotten that Vega is also a 120 year old historic sailing vessel as well as a humanitarian delivery boat. It is all too easy to become engrossed in the work we do and forget that it has more sides than just that work.
This issue is different from the last ones. Usually I put them together along with Meggi but this time we have contributions from Joanne Har and Alexis Marsh.
This year is turning out to be the year of failing machinery. About 3.5 years ago we purchased a load of new equipment. Every single one of the purchased items from that period are now giving us big problems. The good news is that some of those companies are proving to be very understanding about this "unusual" situation.
Vega delivers Midwives Kits to rural midwives in East Timor
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand most of the equipment and supplies requested were collected and added to the kits .
Unfortunately those kits were still missing the Blood Pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, and thermometers, but we are determined to find more help to update and top up these packs.
Please contact us if you would like to help out in any way»
School Kits Delivered to Asulau Village School
Asulau Village School is a community run school and receives no support from the government. If not for community schools, childern in remote villages have little or no chance to attend school because of the far distance to travel to attend public schools.
See our visit to this community school »
We left East Timor early in the morning with calm seas and light winds. The weather was perfect for motoring andagainst the prevailing winds to make the easting we needed before heading North East for the islands. The morning and afternoon went well and we managed a good bit of our easting until late in the afternoon when rounding Tanjung Bandura the wind set in against the two currents buffeting that cape making for a rough roll. All was going well until...
Rogue Wave strikes Vega off of East Timor »
Vega goes AGROUND
on the sprawling reefs of Nila
Well, it had to happen sooner or later. In Nila I managed to get us hard aground. There is an old sailors expression about going aground that says: Any sailor who says he has never been aground is either a liar or never goes sailing. ...read more »
Nila was so special
we wrote a poem...
There are two villages on the North of Nila each with its own headman. Pak Hecki is the headman of Lakotani Village and is also the local “Needleman” a local way of saying “Health Worker”.
Read more about this dedicated man »
The midwife on Nila is Mama Ross. She is the wife of Pak Jop the headman of the other village. She also acts as the nurse when Pak Hecki has an important problem or surgery.
Read more about this amazing woman and the midwife kit we brought her »
Ancient Chinese rigging materials for Vega's Main Yard
For some time now we have been struggling along with our old yard. While on Nila we used an ancient Chinese rigging material to solve this problem - at least for the time being.
Read about the hunt for the perfect yard»