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

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