Coombes Family - Rescued at Sea
£14,219 of £10k goal
On December 21st, 2016 the Coombes family were forced to abandon Dove II, their sailboat and home, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. James, Fran, Tony, Heath, and Isla were at the beginning of their journey around the world when catastrophe struck. After saving money for years, preparing the boat for months, and having made it 3/4 of the way across the Atlantic, their rudder completely disintegrated because of heavy wind and waves. With no way to control the boat, they spent three days being punished by 4 to 6 meter waves while trying to jury rig an emergency rudder. With their repair attempts being repeatedly thwarted by the bad conditions, they were forced to abandon ship into their liferaft and be rescued by another sailboat.
The Coombes family is safe, but they have been left with nothing. They were able to take little more than the clothes on their backs when they abandoned ship. Their wordly possessions and their very home itself were left behind on Dove II. They are currently stuck in St. Martin, trying to figure out how to move forward.
While the family is currently attempting to recover the boat, the outlook is not good. The search costs as well as the future expense of re-establishing their lives are going to be enormous. Let's rally behind this wonderful young family and help them get back on their feet after this disaster.
Thank you so much.
You can read all about their ordeal in detail on the multiple part series on Fran's blog: https://westerlyadventures.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/atlantic-crossing-week-3/
IMPORTANT NOTE - I (Will Marks) have received a few emails wondering who I am, as donors rightfully want to be sure that their money will be going to the right place. I was one of the crew members on Tilly Mint, the sailboat that assisted the Coombes mid-Atlantic. I created this campaign on behalf of the Coombes family and all the funds from this campaign go directly to James Coombes' bank account. Thank you for your support!
Sorry, I was also late. Glad the goal was met. A year and a half ago I put a motorcycle in the ditch on I-29 in South Dakota pulling a camper trailer. 3 broken bones and a totaled Gold Wing and camper, I walked away from it all, except I bought a new bike 8 month later. Keep sailing.
Well done, both skippers and crews. Sorry I was late in learning of your story. I hope you are able to resume your adventure very soon.
Sorry not to be able to help out - donations closed. So wonderful to see seafarers (and others) helping kindred spirits without hesitation. Go get your dream family Coombe.
I too have just watched the video and find that the donations line is closed so I also wish the family every luck in finding their boat and re-establishing their lives. No experience is ever wasted!
Just seen the video Will and his team produced and is now viewing on YBW.com (Yachting and Boating World). I was intending to make a donation but in finding you closed I just wish you all well and hope that your boat comes home soon, in every sense of the word.