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$22,993 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 317 people in 34 months
Dustin Rey
on behalf of Elizabeth Baker
 KAILUA KONA, HI

 
Every cruising sailor has an interesting story on what got them started.  I was in a head on collision with a drunk driver resulting in the loss of 2 limbs, was sued into bankruptcy by my own insurance company.   Starting over on the same path seemed horrible to me.  The only logical option was to sell everything I had left after the bankruptcy,  buy a budget cruising sailboat, and set sail with the dream of becoming the 1st double amputee (above elbow, below knee) to solo circumnavigate the world.

         My journey began October 18th 2008 though i didn't know it at the time. In the early hours of the morning I was in a head on collision with a drunk driver which cost me my left arm, left leg, and nearly my life.  I celebrate this day every year.  On this day I was left for dead on the side of the road with my arm ripped from my body.   Doctors told my parents, my friends, and me I would likely die.  On this day I heard my mother and fathers voices tremble and shake over the phone from thousands of miles away as they tried to be strong for me.  I was on a hospital bed with a punctured spleen, punctured lung, aspirated, traumatically amputated arm, broken scapula, and foot broken beyond repair.  On this day I chose to live, and I celebrate it every year. 

June 18th 2014 I sailed from Hawaii alone on a 45 year old sailboat with one month of sailing experience, 20 dollars in my bank account, and a dream of becoming the 1st double amputee to sail around the world. 
  So far I’ve sailed around 20,000 miles and visited 11 countries.  The biggest hurdle in my path so far hasn't been sailing without an arm and leg but an engine and transmission that never seem to work.  I've had the engine out twice and transmission countless times.  Most of my modest disability income has gone to try to keep the engine and transmission going while other areas of my boat have been neglected.   Twice I left Bali for Malaysia just to get towed back in after only getting a few miles out of the harbor My last few trips were probably ill-advised and borderline dangerous with the condition my boat was in.
 

I now have a more appropriate boat for the remainder of my trip.  I am blessed to be able to continue my journey on a nicer and safer boat.  I still have a long list of repairs to do before crossing the Indian ocean.  Any little bit will help and be greatly appreciated. 
    I am writing a book about my journey and hope to raise awareness for people with disabilities.   Like all cruising sailors, I just want to keep going.

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Just want to say thank you to everyone that continues to donate to my GoFundMe. This has made a drastic improvement to my trip. After almost 3 months and 5500 miles across the Atlantic ocean my dinghy davitts were about to fall off the boat. I got a faulty fridge in Richard's bay so didn't fish or carry much fresh food for the long passages which made them significantly less enjoyable. Last of all my anchor chain was a rusty mess. 3 weeks and about 4,000 usd later Tiama is back in tip top cruising shape and has a working fridge. I can't wait to go cruise and catch some fish. Aloha and thank you from Grenada
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Julie Bebb
34 months ago
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Nice one Dustin. Isn't the sailing community in SE Asia just amazing! Good luck with everything, will re post in the hope you get a few more dollars. Looking forward to seeing piccies of the launch on your newly acquired boat soon. Take care.

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Katrina McMillan
34 months ago
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Good work! X

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Nadine
8 months ago

UPDATE: The target for this campaign should read $40,000. Dustin raised $20,000 2 years ago to buy his current boat, and is now seeking a further $20,000 to fund his journey home over the next couple of years. He has NOT reached his target and will be exceedingly grateful for any new donations. It is just he is sailing to Antarctica right now (!) and can't change the target number himself but sends a big thank you to everyone who has donated.

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Lita Lovestotravel
20 months ago

Merry Christmas! Love to you!

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Hilo Ha'ole
29 months ago

Aloha, I read about your experience in today's Hawaii-Tribune Herald. Being in bed for 4 days with a physical/mental flu, the story was chicken noodle soup for my soul. I appreciate you sharing, I look forward to reading your book. God Bless, debbie

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Maija Stenback
29 months ago

Awesome write up in today's WHT newspaper. I wish the best for you in your travels and if you ever need a fellow disabled person to help carry your luggage on one of your trips, ring me up. LOL. Sail in Aloha.

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$22,993 of $40,000 goal

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Created October 5, 2016
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$100
Anonymous
13 days ago
$1,000
Chrissy Karjalainen
14 days ago
$100
Anonymous
14 days ago
AZ
$50
Artem Zaitsev
17 days ago
AG
$10
Aleksey Golub
19 days ago

Hello from Tula Russia. From Captain German Youtube Channel. Good Luck!

$10
Николай Логинов
19 days ago

From Captain German Youtube Channel. Hello from Moscow Russia. Good Luck!

$20
Anonymous
21 days ago
GV
$20
Gerry Vanderstam
21 days ago

We know you and know how hard it is full bodied sailing to the go you good thing , we hope you receive what you earned.

RS
$10
Reidun Sundsvoll
21 days ago
RE
$100
Rich Egan
23 days ago

Good luck DustiN From Cabrey and Nate George’s mom and dad from Philadelphia

Julie Bebb
34 months ago
1
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Nice one Dustin. Isn't the sailing community in SE Asia just amazing! Good luck with everything, will re post in the hope you get a few more dollars. Looking forward to seeing piccies of the launch on your newly acquired boat soon. Take care.

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Katrina McMillan
34 months ago
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Good work! X

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Nadine
8 months ago

UPDATE: The target for this campaign should read $40,000. Dustin raised $20,000 2 years ago to buy his current boat, and is now seeking a further $20,000 to fund his journey home over the next couple of years. He has NOT reached his target and will be exceedingly grateful for any new donations. It is just he is sailing to Antarctica right now (!) and can't change the target number himself but sends a big thank you to everyone who has donated.

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Lita Lovestotravel
20 months ago

Merry Christmas! Love to you!

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Hilo Ha'ole
29 months ago

Aloha, I read about your experience in today's Hawaii-Tribune Herald. Being in bed for 4 days with a physical/mental flu, the story was chicken noodle soup for my soul. I appreciate you sharing, I look forward to reading your book. God Bless, debbie

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Maija Stenback
29 months ago

Awesome write up in today's WHT newspaper. I wish the best for you in your travels and if you ever need a fellow disabled person to help carry your luggage on one of your trips, ring me up. LOL. Sail in Aloha.

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