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Relax Cardiacpaul....

I don't want you passing out because of either Dr. Ben or the chicks.

He actually IS a MD. Qualified in the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. Sort of an expensive school for rich kids, mostly from the Middle and Far East. May not be board certified in the States, but probably didn't kill anyone in the Irish Health care system

I met him briefly today and he came across as OK. I suspect a combination of ego and naïveté. He was good enough to chat for a while and I told him that I had followed his blog. I pointed out that he had a long way to go as he planned to cross the Pacific. He then hinted that "maybe we will stay between here and Central America, as there are lots of poor people to help". I suspect that the reality of the undertaking has/is sinking in.

There was a total lack of movement onboard that I would not associate with a relief mission. The only other guy around was Nicolas the "Clinical Director" he was on his cell phone but was polite enough to address me as "Sir" which I hope reflects on his militarily background and not my advanced years. Tragically no sign of the ladies.

I was more concerned about the stowage of all the stuff on the bow. I never found that sticking a life-raft on the pointy end was a good idea. Dr. Ben did say that he was sorry he hadn't gotten round to painting the uppedecks. This concern might have caused by the fact that they were berthed behind a luxury hotel near two super yachts. I bit my tongue and did not suggest that the time might be better used stowing all the crap as low in the vessel as possible even if they had to sleep on deck.

I suspect that we will see the vessel languishing back in the States at some time in the future and Dr. Ben will be on the motivational speaking circuit.

But as I say, I've been wrong before.
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I would just love Ben to prove us all wrong. Please, Ben, amaze the world. Seriously. It'll be hard as hell - but you've GOT to do it.

Pity about the chicks. They were the best part of the whole thing. I was this close to signing up as skipper.
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Ok, Now I might be getting a bit annoyed.....

New message on the FD(s) facebook page.

"Help us raise the funds to get the rest of our supplies left in Miami to leave room for our Haiti Load shipped to us! $5 from 1000 people will give us the money to be able to get them without us sailing back to the United States!"

"On Twitter; $5 from a 1000 people will get us the fuel to carry on with our mission and get our supplies to us!"

I thought the reason for having this boat was to get the supplies to where they were needed. Now you are going to ship supplied to next location after Haiti (possibly DR). So why spend two years working on a donated boat, installing a lot of donated equipment and then shipping stores by container. There is a reason why the world no longer moves cargo around in small sailboats!!!!!!!!!

Passed the Southern Wind again today (I was moving a sailboat - great day on the water).



At least the Air Conditioners are working! Please, please cover the sails.
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Miami, we have lift off....

Southern Wind has sailed. "Crossing the gulf stream is a beautiful thing!". I wish them Fair Winds and a safe and successful trip. Weather forecast looks good.
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at the speed they made in their previous voyage, it might take them a month to cross the gulfstream...... I hope their weather window holds.
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As I type it is a 5 knot beam reach if they are heading straight for the Jumientos, and then south to the Windward Passage. Hopefully they have LOTS of fuel!............i2f
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Floating Doctor(s) arrived in Haiti..

From their Facebook page;

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Well done. Having spent 6 months in that "amazing" country their first reaction will be WTF!
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Smack... here's your chance....berths available

End of week two in Petit-Goave «

"It is an exciting thing to be here at this time—if anyone wants to come, this is a chance to meet a culture in transition, and to put some fruit back on the tree. Get in contact while there are berths available onboard!"

Dr. Ben is still waxing lyrical. His dream of "a multi-skilled, highly adaptable relief team aboard a self-sufficient support platform that could use 21st Century medical technology, classical medical diagnostics and adaptability to different needs and resources to create long-term health benefits in developing world communities, making a difference one person at a time." has obviously been realized. Pity about the generator.

I not saying he is not doing "some" good, its just a "bang for the buck" thing. Speaking of bucks they still need donations to ship their supplies out to them. My donation is on hold for the moment.
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Meh - 2 years in the Peace Corps. I've done my time.
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Has anyone checked out the renovation pictures. Some bucks were put into this boat! No wonder there is no money left over to buy fuel and to ship supplies. Not sure who is left on the crew-still one MD, not licensed in the US. The Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin is a reputable medical school but the real training comes in post residency. I don't see any evidence of post graduate training. As a surgeon I trained for 6 years after medical school and then went on to Board Certification as reassurance of standard quality training. Don't see any evidence of that here. Some people may say credentials do not matter but like it or not this group and any group for that matter working over seas are diplomats of the US by default. One bad outcome and they could end up like the religious group who tried to smuggle Haitian children out of the country: in jail.
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