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Darren De Silva's Fundraiser:

Solo Ocean Crossing Bermuda to Haiti

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BENEFITING: INTERNATIONAL CHARITABLE FUND OF BERMUDA INC

EVENT DATE: Aug 19, 2013

Darren De Silva

THE STORY:

THE STORY:

This began as the need for a personal challenge and test of fate; however given the undertaking and risk involved it has become something bigger. The dual charities are both very worthy causes, an ocean apart. Donations are tax deductible for US Taxpayers via Crowdrise.

The Bermuda Sloop foundation teaches young people that there are other ways than the street, of friendship, responsibility, and exposes them to a world and culture outside their own small island.

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Charity 2  -Breast cancer

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There needs to be a deeper explanation on the charities and why it is important to raise this money. Also be realistic in your fundraising goals.


ABOUT THE VOYAGE:

Covering over 850 Nautical Miles (978 miles, 1,574km) across the Atlantic Ocean at an estimated average speed of only 8.2 knots (9.4 mph/15.2km/h) will take an estimated 104 hours (4.3 days) of non-stop, 24 hours per day running - barring bad weather and mechanical problems. Losing one of the two engines to an unrepairable issue beyond the point of no return could add another 1-2 days to the passage, which would complicate and delay further should the weather change. Sleeping, or the lack thereof will be one of the hardest parts of this voyage, mostly due to the constant worry of the seas, mechanical operation/failures, and most importantly striking something while asleep or at night when visibility close to nil.

ABOUT THE VESSEL

The Nautilus is a 51' Island Gypsy - she's almost as old as I am at 30 years old. She is not a fast vessel by any means, powered by twin 235hp Volvo diesels, also 30 years old. While she is built to make ocean passages, she was not designed for such voyages to be made solo. Thus I am hoping you the reader, find the challenge and risk of this little voyage deserving of the most you can pull from your pockets or business for these two worthy charities.

Depending on how much I can afford after prepping the vessel,...The hope is to be able to purchase a satellite system[P1]  to send photos and video back to be posted during the voyage. It would be really great if one of the manufacturer's would consider lending such equipment. Failing this, I will sat phone in updates to a friend who will post online in the blog. The human contact will also be needed to keep spirit up - as well as being able to get updates on weather and help troubleshooting/repairing mechanical failures. 4.3 days does not sound that long, but on the ocean you wouldn't believe how long the days can be...especially when weather turns nasty, and things go wrong miles from anywhere.

 

WHO IS THIS IDIOT ?

Darren...

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