Adventure, and it's all in a good cause
PHILANTHROPY does not get much better than the adventures awaiting the crew of Ballina-based ketch Island Lady.
The syndicate of sailors who own the 15m yacht are embarking on the journey of a lifetime to deliver much-needed supplies to islanders on the isolated Louisiade Archipelago 200km south-east of New Guinea.
Crew member Iain McCabe said the trip was initially just an opportunity to take Island Lady outside of Australian waters.
But once the sailors researched their destination they realised they could also help the islanders whose only contact with the outside world is with visiting yachts.
Crew member and semi-retired surgeon Richard Arnot said he would be offering his services at the local medical clinic while visiting the islands.
The crew is also keen to deliver any items that might be of use to the islanders, particularly reading glasses, school and medical supplies, musical instruments, vegetable seeds, clothes and books.
The adventure began two years ago when the group of sailors decided to go five ways in the purchase of Island Lady.
Under its new owners the cutter-rigged ketch has so far sailed north to Southport and south to the Solitary Islands.
But these trips will pale in comparison to the journey the sailors hope to begin this week.
If wind conditions are favourable, Island Lady will cross Ballina bar bound for the tropics on Wednesday. If the adventure sounds like a dream come true, a share of the boat is still available for $72,000.
Or if you prefer to remain on dry land but still want to contribute to the mission by donating goods, call Iain McCabe on 0409 825 977.