Remember when I told you about feeling helpless in terms of the hurricanes but I also mentioned that the cruisers quickly mobilized? Here in Trinidad, that effort was headed up by Jesse James and a few key cruisers.
Jesse coordinated with several churches who were gathering donations. The cruising community combed through our bilges to see what we had – used line and sails, torches and headlamps, food and dry goods. Sarah (sv Cape) sat each morning by the storage area to receive the goods. Willie (sv Liahona) collected cash donations. Jackson (mv Shadowfax) and I walked around to the various businesses here in Chaguaramas asking to put up fliers about donations and asking if they had any. Finally, Jesse, Willie and Jackson went shopping with the cash collected and purchased as many goods as they could. This was not an easy chore according to Jackson, taking the better part of a day – picking items out, calculating the case price, then applying the wholesale discount and adding it to the current sum to be sure they used every dollar donated. A small team of cruisers helped unload and store the items.
|Human chain moving the supplies|
|Stacking it dockside for loading|
|Bruce checking things out topside|
We all watched sv Foxfire's waterline as we loaded, expecting it to drop below the water with all the weight, but it didn’t. She’s a proper, sturdy bluewater sailboat. Just over an hour after we started, everyone was sweaty and hot but the supplies were all loaded. Now all Patrick needed was fuel and he would be off. “Fair winds captain and thank you.”
|The loading crew - pic by Willie Haskins|
|Sarah (sv Cape) doing her best Bethany pose in her memory|