Supporting CURE One Nautical Mile at a Time

We are proud to support George Koether as he participates in Clipper Round the World’s yacht race to raise awareness for CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy), a non-profit organization and the largest non-governmental group funding epilepsy research. Clipper Round the World, consisting of twelve identical 70 foot yachts and crews with levels of training ranging from novice to proficient, has raised over $26 million for research program activities. Koether’s goal is to build more awareness and open discussion within the sailing community about epilepsy and raise up to $25 USD per mile.

Please follow George’s journey with us by going to http://yb.tl/clipper2013-race4.  He and his team are currently in SECOND PLACE aboard the Henri Lloyd, the black boat.

Go to http://www.3sheets.us/ to read a daily blog about the journey of the Henri Lloyd crew.

For more information about CURE, please go to http://www.cureepilepsy.org/

If you have any further questions or would like to donate, please comment below or click the “contact us” button in the bottom right corner!

 

Here is George’s most recent update!!

 

November 08, 2013

Caught a quick break with a storm system to catch a ride on to AU.  Just after we crossed the agulas current which we tracked by logging water temperature. It is further north than expected which means the weather is not as cold as expected. In fact, it is hot below deck.  We had the port holes open before the storm for air, but that is impossible now…

Last night at our crew meeting, we all committed to breaking the 300 mile in 24 hour mark and catching up to Qingdao but we had a line wrap on a winch, which cost 30 minutes of speed loss.  Twice had to lower the yankee for repairs to hanks that were coming off.

Wind is a constant 35-40 knots with our highest gust seen at 61 knots. Sailing with 2 reefs in the main and a No. 3 yankee.  With that, last night we broke HL speed record hitting 33.7 knots.  I was at the helm, Sarah beside
me (always two in these strong winds), and Kevin holding the yankee sheet in case we needed to dump the main.  We caught a wave at 15 knots of boat speed and accelerated down the wave building speed and a wave of water coming over the side into our faces.  Last number Sarah saw was 29 before the water was too much to see through and I called out for Sarah to grab the wheel because I could not hold it alone.  Kevin gets credit for not dumping the main. We could see absolutely nothing and not just because it was 2 AM raining and total overcast. I must admit I was not sure where the boat would be when we came out of it and just tried to keep it straight which we did, a big cheer by all the crew after that.

I was on the helm for 5 hours just last night and helped James, our engineer, fix a water leak from the fresh water maker which was filling the bilge. I got 10 minutes of sleep and was woken to take the yankee down with the on deck watch to replace hanks. Slept one hour. This is fantastic!  Now all we need to do is catch Qingdao!

Please pass on to family and friends.

Time to make dinner and get this boat to Sail fast!

-George

Arctic Scout Thank You Public Relations Cruise

Ben, ready to start his trip!USCG Eaton's Neck & GS Crew
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GLACIER SOCIETY OPERATIONS LOG 77 SEPTEMBER 9 2013

The Arctic Scout has entered Delaware Bay after a successful visit in New York Harbor and a stop at Cape May USCG Base. A welcome respite it was and the USCG Team was very hospitable, offering us full use of the base facilities. We stocked provisions, hit the hot showers, and hosted visitors from the base, active and retired and family.  Visitors included ex-Wind class Icebreaker sailors and Deep Freeze participants.  BZ to Cape May TRACENWe write while underway steering 330 M making 9.2 KTs. at 1600 RPM.

Mark Solimando has the CON. Weather continues to be perfect, glassy sea, little wind, sunny sky!  We are headed to USCG Curtis Bay where we picked up the near scrapped ASB, now the pristine ARCTIC SCOUT!Stewart Honeycutt and Don Bruska have made the arrangements for our arrival 08:30 Monday morning. Arctic Scout will be “chopped” to Curtis Bay Command for their use for public relations and enjoyment.

After this visit we will enter Baltimore Harbor for a visit to the John Brown and then head to Annapolis for a reunion with GLACIER Antarctic Explorers the week of Sept 23 to 27. Details to follow.

If you wish to meet or join the ARCTIC SCOUT for a portion of the trip contact the Glacier Office at 203-380-3444 or call my cell aboard ship 561-543-1288. Email benkoether@mindspring.com

Bernard G. Koether, II
Chairman

 

Captain on deck!

 

Glacier Society Operations Log 76 August 1, 2013

The Glacier Team is hard at work preserving the artifacts, mementos, photos, diaries and other items Crew members and families have sent us. We could not save the ship; she is now completely melted down. But we can save the memories and treasures provided by the crews. The Glacier lived from 1955 to 2013.In a very few days we will launch a new web site, install a new mailing list service, engage the latest social medial web tools, and begin a cruise of the ARCTIC SCOUT down the East Coast, visiting Navy and USCG Stations along the way.The new Glacier Society Mission is to deploy the two boats from the GLACIER, plus the EXPLORER, and with these boats encourage today’s youth and young adults to adventure with the Glacier Society. Our boats will explore the Atlantic Coast line from New England to Florida, the Bahamas, Key West and the Tortugas. Crew members will include original GLACIER men, Sea Cadets, Boy Scouts, various youth and interested members of the public.The ARCTIC SCOUT will depart CT mid AUGUST on a trip to commemorate the spirit of the GLACIER and to thank all those who helped in the restoration of the GLACIER’S Arctic Survey Boat, now called the Arctic Scout.

I first sailed the ASB, (ARCTIC SCOUT) in the Bellingshausen Sea in 1960. We used the 40 FT boat to venture ahead of the GLACIER in uncharted waters. On the most memorable trip we uncovered a reef directly ahead of the GLACIER’s track! That reef was totally covered by icebergs, and is now charted and known as Porters Pinnacles. I look forward to sharing the helm with Jack Erhard, and others beginning AUG 16th.

Wikipedia: Porters Pinnacles(71°33′S 99°9′WCoordinates: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/55/WMA_button2b.png/17px-WMA_button2b.png71°33′S 99°9′W) is a group of low ice-covered rocks forming a menace to navigation along the north coast of Thurston Island, located about 4 nautical miles (7 km) north of the east extremity of Glacier Bight. Discovered by the U.S. Navy Bellingshausen Sea Expedition in February 1960, and named for Commander Philip W. Porter, Jr., U.S. Navy, commander of the icebreaker USS Glacier which made this discovery.

We thank you for your past support and ask that you pass this good news around and help us fund the continued deployments. Despite writing off a 4 million dollar investment in the USS/USCGC GLACIER when she was scrapped, the Sociey still finisned 2012, and continues today, with a cash positive income statement due to the support of our team.We will publish a schedule, updating as we go. Call 203-380-3444 if you wish to join us on the trip or meet us.

Bernard G. Koether, II
Chairman

 

 

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