The yacht Boaz set sail from Gordon’s Bay on Monday morning 26 June 2017 at 05h30. Destination – the Algoa Bay Yacht Club and the African Marine Waste Conference taking place at the Feathermarket Centre from 9 to 13 July.
The official launch of the vessel as the new research vessel for the Sustainable Seas Trust will happen on Sunday 9 July at the Aloga Bay Yacht Club and all are welcome to attend. Yachts will be sailing out at 10h00 and world renowned National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Dr. Sylvia Earle, will be addressing the crowd at 12h00.
Boaz will then sail the coast of Southern Africa and to islands of the West Indian Ocean to promote Mission Blue’s Hope Spots, education on marine debris and ocean research.
Presently on the Boaz are the winners of the volunteer competition hosted by Getaway and SST. The crew was handpicked out of 180 applicants.
When they sailed into through the Heads into Knysna on 1 July the crew posted this diary entry; ”
We have arrived safely in Knysna, with a friendly welcoming party from the Yacht club. Sailing throughout the night was a little rough, as the high swells caused the boat to rock. Coming into The Heads at Knysna was a little intimidating, with the swell and the waves breaking in front but we stayed on the line and made it in safely. It was quite a sight to see all the houses and cliffs that burned down and then the few that amazingly survived the fires.”
Crew accompanying Boaz skipper Brian Murphy:
- Nico Janse van Rensburg (22) who is a Yacht Master Coastal and holds a PADI Diving Certificate.
- Fiona Scott-Berning (24) who holds Day Skippers, Free Diving and Advanced PADI Diving Certificates.
- Andrew van Zyl (29) who is a Yacht Master Ocean and holds a PADI Instructor Certificate.
- Simone Fick (26) a Marine Mammal Observer and holds a Passive Acoustic Monitor certificate.
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