Book this 1932 schooner now!

Run by unpaid volunteers. Become a member of the crew from day one. Set sails, navigate, cook, clean, steer, obtain this masthead view to the right! No experience necessary: full training given towards Competent Crew Certificate. Walk on beautiful La Gomera island – a favourite of Christopher Columbus and Francis Drake.

Special offer at £40 per person per day in the warm climate of the Canaries! Bring your friends. Cheap flights available to Tenerife South.

Schooner ‘Soteria’
Marina La Gomera
San Sebastian de la Gomera
The Canaries
38800
Spain
+34 634 326117
[email protected]

2nd Appeal for Help

We are currently preparing a 1932 gaff schooner for Christian retreats and other uses in the Canaries. We appeal for volunteers to help with mechanical and electrical work, plumbing, painting, sanding, carpentry and cleaning. We may also need crew to move the boat. Please could you consider helping? Accommodation aboard provided. Cheap flights available online.

Whilst working and learning about boat maintenance you will also have the opportunity to learn knots, handle warps and complete sections towards the Competent Crew certificate.

If unable to help, your prayers appreciated!

Blessings in Christ,
Chris.

Schooner ‘Soteria’
Marina La Gomera
San Sebastian de la Gomera
The Canaries
38800
Spain
+34 634 326117
[email protected]

Appeal for help

We are currently preparing a 1932 gaff schooner for Christian retreats and other uses in the Canaries. We urgently appeal for volunteers to help with mechanical and electrical work, plumbing, painting, sanding, carpentry and cleaning. We may also need crew to move the boat. Please could you consider helping? Accommodation and food aboard provided.

If unable to help, your prayers appreciated!

Blessings in Christ,
Chris.
[email protected]

The Ever Ongoing Preparation

This letter is written to those offering prayer support.  30 July 2011

One common problem with boats is that owners do not realise the maintenance that is necessary. Sometimes they become aware of some problems and resolve them, but other important items remain neglected. Often this ignorance is because safety is about being prepared for what may never happen. How many times have owners said: “we never had any problems all these years”? (They said that about the ‘Titanic’.) The shortfalls may never be discovered until it is too late!

On past vessels I have found fire extinguishers dated 1977, seacocks that do not stop the water flow, bilges full of cable ties that clog the bilge pumps, a compass with no deviation card and 17º error with loose magnets and a test EPIRB fitted that sends a signal ‘please ignore this is only a test!’ It was unusual this year to improvise with a ‘manually operated fuel lift pump’ (dinghy outboard petrol line bulb); this was partly due to an injection pump internal valve missing!

As we are about to lift out on Tuesday, we are very short of help (as we operate on a volunteer basis.) However help appears from the most unlikely of places. This year we have had more non-Christian help than Christian!

Although the aim is to refit ‘Soteria’ ready for Christian use, I wonder how much we can witness on the way, during the process?

  • Please pray for our time out of the water
  • The people to help both paid and unpaid
  • That Vicky does not run out of money!
  • An effective witness in whatever way God chooses
  • That we find an effective way to market Christian trips and to reach the right people

Blessings,
Chris.

 

A New Boat

This letter is written to those offering prayer support. 8 May 2011

I am helping Vicky refit her schooner ‘Soteria’ in San Sebastian de la Gomera ready for Christian groups. But she does not realise how long work takes and the sense of urgency needed if the boat is going to be ready in time! My Swedish missionary friend Sverker will book for November if we can assure him in June that we definitely will be ready. Please pray for this.

She also does not appreciate the expectations of those who come on board. She is quite happy to use “bucket and chuck it” but guests certainly won’t! Please pray that she learns from me – rather than the hard way!

She also needs to appreciate the personal storage needs of guests and also to store much of her ‘home clutter’ ashore. With 12 to 15 on board there is no room for extras.

Through the incompetence of those last year much essential work was not carried out on the slip, so ‘Soteria’ must be slipped soon. Please pray that this will go smoothly with the necessary help. Obtaining parts is also very difficult and slow in such a small village location: please pray that this will not continue to hold us up.

When one is buried in maintenance rather than ‘front line’ talking with groups, the Christian angle seems so remote. With non-Christians working on board it is also not obvious how to share one’s faith. Please also pray for this.

Blessings,
Chris.