Crew Set For Vanuatu Quest
Two young Northlanders are about to guide a six-month expedition distributing medical and faculty provides in a distant nook of the Pacific.
Kerikeri siblings Sofia and Sylvan Kuczera will skipper a steel ketch constructed by their father, the late Bernard Kuczera, to the isolated Torres and Banks island teams in northern Vanuatu.
The 24m crusing vessel, Sylfia, is presently tied up outside Kerikeri’s Stone Store whereas the Kuczeras and their eight crew pack months’ price of provisions and donated goods.
Weather allowing they will set sail on May 1, spending 4 months sailing round Vanuatu then two months in New Caledonia.
Many of the crew are, like Ms Kuczera, closely involved with Greenpeace. Accompanying them will likely be Kerikeri midwife Betty Ras and crusing veteran Barry Considine.
Ms Ras will educate midwifery abilities whereas the crew distribute medical supplies, clothing, fundamental hygiene supplies, stationery, books and “all the opposite objects we take without any consideration”, Ms Kuczera said.
The siblings were still youngsters when they last visited Vanuatu with their father. “We actually favored it and wanted to spend more time there. Stone Island I remember visiting a few of the remote islands where individuals did not have much. We introduced a bunch of college books and the youngsters were blown away.”
She described the journey as “an adventure with a function”.
“We wish to present one thing again, so we’re not simply onlookers or vacationers. And it is definitely something my father would like to see the boat used for.”
Their mom and family members from France would join them for components of the voyage.
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With all the crew adjustments they expected 50 folks to travel with them over the course of the six-month journey.
Ms Kuczera mentioned the help and donations they’d obtained had been overwhelming.
Bernard Kuczera, sixty three, stone island shadow disappeared in the Bay of Islands after heading out in a dinghy in Might 2011. The coroner dominated last 12 months he had probably drowned. Sylfia was one of six steel ships built by the Polish adventurer.