Even since I came across the youtube video of the family who lost the rudder on their boat in December 2016 in the Atlantic, I’ve followed their blog off and on.  I’ve tried to  digest their ability to continue life after the adversity of losing the boat, because these skills have kept their family together and vibrant.  Yes, they’ve continued and seem to be thriving.  Some will say it’s because they obviously have a lot of money,,,,but I’m going to be careful in those comments, because I don’t know if they do or not,,,,or if they’re just doing the best they can.  I’m not sure I would or could get back on a boat quickly like this family has or if I would be nervous bad things would continue to happen.  However, I know I would have to eventually get back on a boat, I would miss it too much.  I like this blog post; as the family has done what they wanted by unplugging and continuing to thrive despite an adventure.  Good for them!

If you like their post, please consider following their blog, if you like ours,,,,please keep following or consider following.

Here’s the original story I wrote on them:

Will you help this Sailing Family?

and here’s a look at a much larger version of their boat:

Naked Hanse

Here’s their post, reblogged:

I was fighting my phone today, it has never been the same since it was rescued in the life raft but recently it has definitely died. I was trying desperately to airdrop pictures and in a brief moment of life, more than it’s shown in weeks it worked and I got to have a little […]

via Summer 2016 musings  — Westerly Adventures

4 Responses

  1. Hi
    We’d just like to thank you for making people aware of our situation and our blog.
    The comment of ‘ obviously they have a lot of money’. Couldn’t be any further that the truth. We have only got the money that the lovely caring people from all around the world have donated us on the gofundme page. With that money we were hoping to pay the salvage when our boat turned up, but as we have lost hope that it’ll ever turn up. We are hoping to use that money to buy another boat to carry on cruising.
    Whilst searching for a suitable boat, we are trying to make the most of our time in Tortola by doing the things we love that don’t cost any money, like hitchhiking to the nearest beach and surfing. We have met some lovely people in Tortola that have given us accommodation on their boat, and also the use of surfboards at the local beach.

    When we find a boat to carry on with, we will be cruising on a very tight budget. It’s either that or go home back to the normal life of work and school.

    Obviously it’s hasn’t worked out as we planned but we are trying to make the most of the situation we are stuck in.

    If it wasn’t for all the help we’ve received from the caring sailing community, we wouldn’t be here now.
    So a huge thank you for making people aware of our situation and blog.

    James, Fran, Heath & Isla

    1. James, Fran Heath and Isla:

      Your story is fantastic, but in my humble and simple opinion, you should keep up hope and continue cruising. A budget is one thing, but a dream like your’s can’t be replicated. Think about how you’ll feel back home,,,,saying,,,,I wish we’d stayed and continued. I’m rooting for you and will publish parts of your reply and another story urging Caribbean cruisers to keep a look out for Dove II. Tell the Tilly Mint Crew we said hi. We leave on our own boat in 2019 down the West Coast and into the Caribbean then onto the Atlantic, Greece and hopefully Croatia in 2020-2021 and we have a 7 and 5 year old. Nothing you could have done would have changed losing the rudder-

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