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Haiti: Great response to "Second life for used sails" project

By Free Cruising Guides and Marina ZarPar — last modified Jul 18, 2013 02:46 PM
The "Second Life for used Sails" project, a joint venture between the Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) and Free Cruising Guide/Marina ZarPar, was established in April this year to assist Haitian fishermen who rely on sail-powered boats. The project has got off to a fantastic start with more than 30 bags of sails received by Marina Zarpar so far.

Published: 2013-07-18 12:00:00
Topics: Equipment
Countries: Haiti

Update July 19, 2013

The project requests donations of used sails which are sent to either Minneford Marina (USA) or Marina ZarPar (Dominican Republic). Project founder Frank Virgintino then takes them with him when he sails to Haiti every season from the DR, and gives them to the Haitian fisherman who use only sail boats to fish. Frank told noonsite, "This coming cruising season I will visit Ile a Vache, but will also visit 4 other sites that have been researched as "safe" cruising stops. The sails that we receive will be distributed at all the stops.  Currently the response has been fantastic and we have more than 30 bags and the amount grows daily. Please pass on a big THANK YOU to all that donated sails."

Haiti: Second life for used sails project earns SSCA "Clean Wake" endorsement
April 11, 2013

The Second Life Sails project planned to assist Haitian fishermen who rely on sail-powered boats, received the approval this week of the Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) as an SSCA endorsed “Clean Wake” project.

Cruisers’ used sails and fishing gear can have a second life.

“Frequently people find themselves with used sails and surplus sailcloth as well as fishing gear that have useful life in them – but no way to get them to folks who would put that second life to good use,” said Frank Virgintino, author of A Cruising Guide to Haiti and frequent visitor to the enchanting Ile à Vache on Haiti.  “A contribution of materials and gear that supports the principal livelihood of the island is a priceless ‘thank you’ to a community that has been very welcoming to cruising boats for generations.”

Ile à Vache fishermen build their own boats and are already talented at sailmaking and recycling, using materials from bedsheets to tarpaulins for their sails. Used sailcloth provides a more durable and reliable resource.

It starts when the donations are delivered or sent to either Marina ZarPar in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic (www.marinazarpar.com) or to Minneford Marina on City Island, New York (www.minnefordmarina.com).

The first delivery of used sails took place in February to Ile à Vache where they were distributed by a free raffle.

Second Life Sails is jointly sponsored by Free Cruising Guides and Marina ZarPar,who handle the logistics and underwrite the cost of transporting donated sails and gear to Ile à Vache, Haiti.

To read more about the Second Life Sails project and life on Ile à Vache, visit www.freecruisingguides.com.

For further information on how to participate in Second Life Sails, email fvirgintino@gmail.com.

For descriptions of all SSCA endorsed Clean Wake projects, visit www.ssca.org.

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