Maria, Simon and Rumi on shore
Paul, who also made the video of Maria and Simon’s departure which can be seen here https://vimeo.com/101240401, went down to Gravesend on Saturday 19th July and has kindly provided us with a short report (with photographs) about how they’ve been getting on:
“Maria and Simon spent the whole of last week at Gravesend Sailing Club.
The club’s hospitality and help was way beyond the call of duty. Maria
and Simon were allowed to sleep inside the club house and members of the
club repaired and configured the boat to make it fit for the journey.
Apparently, after hauling the boat out of the water, four holes in the
hull were discovered. The sailing club members made all of the necessary
repairs for free. There was also lots of advice on how to proceed with
their adventure in probably the most amazingly sociable and friendly
place you could imagine. As well as helping with the boat repairs and
making preparations for the next stage of the journey, Maria and Simon
also pitched in at the club house doing cooking, cleaning and lots of
tea making. I was certainly carrying a few extra pounds when I left
after munching my way through sausage, egg and beans and a huge lentil
curry. Unfortunately I didn’t have much time to find out about the
people at the club. But I got photos of Mike and Colin who were part of
the team helping out with the boat. Maria and Simon have also promised
to go back and give a talk about their journey upon their return.
Weather permitting, Maria and Simon should have set sail again at 7am on
Sunday (20th July).”
Thank you to everyone at Gravesend Sailing Club for supporting Maria, Simon and Sail 4 Syria. We look forward to sharing more news of their voyage as it develops.
Colin and Maria