BOAZ Sailing Competition : Gettaway Magazine July 2017

BOAZ Sailing Competition : Gettaway Magazine July 2017

Published in the Gettaway Magazine and hosted by SST. The competition attracted more than 180 entrants of which three winners were chosen .

The winners set sail together with the Boaz crew on the 5 July 2017 from Gordons Bay to Port Elizabeth stopping enroute in Mossel Bay, Knysna , Plettenburg Bay and finally arrived in Port Elizabeth on 8th July for the African Marine Conference.

Boaz attracted much attention from locals and passer-byes at all ports and was warmly welcomed. There was much interest concerning Yacht BOAZ and the visits to the ports along the coast a provided a fantastic opportunity to create further awareness to the mission of Yacht BOAZ. This trip being essentially a preliminary trip for Boaz.

Feedback from the Winners as below,

Fiona Scott Berning
Travelled on Boaz yacht Gordons Bay to Port Elizabeth

It’s a Thursday afternoon and we’re at anchor off of Plettenberg Bay. Simone, Andrew and I are sitting in the saloon, sun streaming in through the starboard windows, Boaz gently rocking to and fro with the swell. We’re talking about saving the planet, gender roles, and the future. More specifically our future after the trip, and how the experience has made us reimagine our paths.

Sitting there trying to heat up in the disappearing sun, reflecting on the previous 10 days, I knew I wasn’t the woman who stepped onto Boaz’s deck. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t a radically knew person either! I simply felt more like myself than I had in a very long time.

I owe so much to Keith, John, Brian, Nick and my fellow crew members, who each inspired and challenged me in such different ways. All the while respecting me and my space – something that can be challenging when living in such close quarters. It was an adventure that reinvigorated my soul, body and mind and I disembarked knowing that I had learnt lessons about myself and the world that would last a lifetime.

In the words of Pablo Neruda, “I need the sea because it teaches me”, and my time on Boaz was no exception.

Lastly and importantly I am so supportive of the BOAZ initiative on Ocean awareness and the plight to overcome plastic pollution and its detrimental effects on our oceans.

Simone Fick
Sailing on the Boaz

This trip was definitely one for the books. It was an unexpected journey that brought together like minded people, be it for adventure, love for the ocean, sailing and to save the planet while doing it all. We had some of the most picturesque sunsets and interesting discussions to accompany them. It’s always fascinating to talk to people whose journey on this planet has been longer than mine, and it was definitely the case listening to Keith Wetmore, owner of, and creator of the project for Boaz. He is such an inspiration for adventure (listening to his travel stories), and most of all critical thinking when it comes to solutions, thinking out of the box and questioning our role in solution towards world problems or just daily problems, for our future, as the younger generation.

Apart from thought provoking conversations, I learned a lot about sailing during our watch duties. We had whale sightings, jumped into cold southern waters from the yacht. Sailed through the Knysna Heads (which had everyone nervous) and revealed the destruction of the fires but also most amazing views in mirror-like, windless waters. We had the best food and great times. Crew members John and Brian, were just wonderful and the most helpful in any situation.

Another big highlight was meeting Sylvia Earl and all the passionate people at the African Marine Waste Conference. Bringing to light the acute waste situation in the oceans but creating a network through SST to build solutions to save our planet. The project for Boaz will definitely make a difference and I’m honoured to have been a part, spend time with and learn from such inspirational people. This was an adventure I’ll never forget and hopefully do again one day.

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