Building a Green Wooden Carriacou Sailling Sloop

Earlier this year I fell in love. When exploring the Tobago Cays with my mermaid fins I saw a blue wooden sailing boat. She was so beautiful so I swam up to her. I made a little chat with the owner and learned her name was Beauty. After seeing the movie Vanishing Sails at the Grenada Sailing Week and learned more about these beautiful sloops, I was determined. I set up basecamp in Windward Carriacou, where the boats are being built,  So I went. I ended up staying months. Later, I was lucky enough to sail up one of the beauties for the West Indies Regatta in St. Barts where Carriacou sloops are united for a weekend of fun, adventure, and replicating the trading past. Pure Bliss. We must make sure these boats with souls won’t vanish. To keep traditional alive. And dreams alive.

How? By building one! Are you in?

With basic tools, little soulful sloops to large schooners have been built right on the beach in the small eastern Caribbean island of Carriacou, the islands of the reefs. Then sailed with the purpose for trading, transport, and smuggling. Carriacou has been the center of wooden boatbuilding for centuries in this part of the world, A craft first introduced by Scottish settlers in the 19th century. But for how much longer?  The craftsmanship passed down generations, is threatened throughout the Caribbean region. Times are changing and the skills are getting lost. Youngsters go abroad and molded ships and motorized cargo have taken over the scene. We cannot let this vanish. Traditional Boatbuilding must continue so future generations can connect with their roots and the sea.

To connect people to the sea. That’s the mission. From ocean experience comes awareness. From that, comes caring. From caring comes action and leadership.

Building a green Carriacou Sailing Boat

The dream is to build a wooden Carriacou sailing sloop. We must. To make sure these beautiful skills won’t get lost!

I envision a sloop as sustainable and green as possible, with also bringing in some new knowledge and technology for the greatest positive impact for the ocean and the world.

A Movement

That’s the start. I envision this sloop to be part of something way bigger than ‘just’ one boat. It’ll be part of movement of reviving the old ways of trading, community living, and being in nature. Together. And do what we can to make a difference for a healthier ocean!

Dreams are meant to be pursued. The first wood has been secured! It will happen! Take part!

Jump on Board!

No way I can or want to do this alone. I’m looking for people, parties, partners, sponsors, team members that like to join the movement. Contact me and become a Very Important Pirate to help to make it happen!

Current status: the plan is being made, drafted and submitted to potential partners and grant opportunities. Encourage the documentation of it all by becoming a Very Important Pirate.

Watch the trailer of Vanishing Sail to learn what it’s all about!

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