2013 Leeward Islands Flotilla

2013 Leeward Islands Flotilla

Wonder what our CEO Rich Jepsen has been up to? Well- you can read all about it in this post he wrote for us… But be prepared to get inspired…

Hmm, Turquoise waters, porpoises, flying fish, barracudas, green vervet monkeys, whales…. These are the images I’m holding close to my heart as I sit in reverie about our 2013 OCSC Leeward Islands flotilla. In addition to seeing great wildlife, we sailed, we toured, we ate and we drank and we had a spectacular time! Six boat of OCSC members, family and friends spent 10 days cruising various islands, including St. Martin, Sint Maarten, St Barth’s, St Kitts, Nevis, St Eustatia, Saba and Anguilla.

Our experiences ranged from window shopping Cartier in St Barth’s to screaming along in the trades winds at 8-9 knots with 82 degree water spraying up around our bows. We toured an 18th century fort and a resort made from an old sugar plantation on St Kitts, walked through small Caribbean towns like Charlestown in Nevis and drank at Le Select, St Barth’s, where Jimmy Buffett’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise” was inspired.

Our first few days were more calm than the expected 15-20 knots of easterly trades that are normal in March. However, that made for quieter anchorages and easier anchoring. Because of a strong storm that moved through the Southern US, we had northerly swells, sometimes as large as 11 feet on our passages between islands. These were awesome swells to ride as they were really long period (gradual) and made for a comfortable but exciting ride.

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Copper Canyon Adventure

Date:
March 23 – April 1, 2013

Trip Leaders:
Arlene Same, President & Founder One Heart World-Wide
Marsilio Gabuardi (Mexico Program Administrator)

Travel to the Copper Canyon during Easter and experience the celebrations to welcome a new agricultural season hosted by the Tarahumara indigenous people. Here you will be able to see one of the most important celebrations of each year, during which the Tarahumara paint themselves in white, in representation of the Pharisees. These dances symbolize the struggles that the indigenous people faced during the arrival of conquistadors and the syncretism of their religious beliefs and the Christian beliefs of the Spaniards.

The Copper Canyon (Barranca Del Cobre) is one of several canyons in the Sierra Madre. It is 1,500 feet deeper and five times the area of the Grand Canyon. It is a beautiful terrain with incredible vistas and untouched rural beauty. It is an extremely remote area with very few paved roads.

The Tarahumaras (or Rarámuri as they call themselves) are renowned for their long-distance running ability, and live in the most remote, rural areas of the Canyon. Most of them have very limited access to healthcare and as a result, many mothers deliver at home without a skilled birth attendant. Since 2009, One Heart World-Wide has been working with the local Tarahumara communities to improve access to care for pregnant women and to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in the Copper Canyon.

One Heart World-Wide works with the Tarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyon to reduce the typically high rates maternal and neonatal mortality. This is a once in a lifetime experience where you will discover a fascinating culture and understand the amazing challenges that the Tarahumara face on a daily basis. You will also be able to meet our local team and see firsthand how One Heart World-Wide works with the local communities to help the mothers and infants in need. You will have the opportunity to visit Urique and meet some of the community members and local OHW volunteers.

OHW is a 501©3 organization committed to saving the lives of mothers and infants in some of the most remote areas of the world. Current program sites are located in Mexico and Nepal.

Trip cost:
$2,500

For reservations:
Call Marsilio Gabuardi
Office: 415 379 4762
Cell: 510 816 3692

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A Photo Essay of the 2010 Turkey Flotilla

12 Boats and over 90 OCSC Members and friends have returned from 2 weeks of sailing the beautiful Turquoise Coast.  The sailing, people and food were as good as advertised, quite possibly better. The trip was led by Anthony Sandberg, OCSC Founder and President, marking his 56th international sailing trip. With all those trips all over the World, Anthony assured us that Turkey was by far his favorite.  After spending 2 weeks there, it’s not difficult to see why.  Here’s a photo essay of some of the highlights!

Joe outfitting the boat with American and OCSC SAILING flags as we loaded on the provisions in Orhaniye.

Joe outfitting the boat with American and OCSC SAILING flags as we loaded on the provisions in Orhaniye. Photo Credit: Meg Wilkinson

Kate climbs to the ruins and Turkish flag in Bozuk Buku. Photo Credit: Joe Fitzgerald

Kate climbs to the ruins and Turkish flag in Bozuk Buku. Photo Credit: Joe Fitzgerald

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Local Sailing Flotillas Offer Close-To-Home Weekend Adventures

The Mahe 36 sailing in to Benicia

The Mahe 36 sailing in to Benicia

Who says you need to travel to a far off foreign land to experience adventure? OCSC’s Local Flotillas to Benicia and Petaluma were a hit this year.  The Local Flotillas are a great weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and are a great way to practice sailing to and arriving into unfamiliar marinas, which is a very transferable skill to more exotic sailing adventures.

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2010 BVI Flotilla

The 2010 BVI Flotilla group just before departing the Moorings base in Road Harbor.

The 2010 OCSC BVI Flotilla group just before departure from the Moorings base in Road Harbor.

What an amazing adventure!  10 days of relaxation and great sailing.  The 2010 OCSC BVI Flotilla, being my first, definitely lived up to expectations.  We had consistent breezes of up to 25 knots with smooth seas that allowed us to sail from one island to the next in no time at all.  My favorite being the 8.5 knot cruising speed on a beam reach from Anegada to beautiful Bitter End.  Besides all of the great sailing there was plenty of swimming, snorkeling, and of course dancing.  Every anchorage seemed better than the previous one.  Lots of time was spent relaxing on the beach soaking up sunshine and sipping BVI’s famous “Painkiller’s”.  We all ate like kings enjoying fresh seafood in oceanfront restaurants and on the boat.  But I would have to the say the best part was getting to know my crew and the other members of the flotilla, sharing stories, and making new friends. 

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