Upcoming visit to Tonga

At the University of Canberra bi-annual awards night the Chancellor presented Peter Gately – Director of Sails Ocean Sails with the Service and Philanthropy Award for 2019.

In his acceptance speech, Peter sent a big “ Thank You “ to the members of all the Sailing & Yachting Clubs across Australia who donated Sails & boating equipment to fishing people around the world in order to help them return home after their engines failed or ran out of petrol. Sails also reduce petrol consumption & pollution and allow fish to be noiselessly approached without using an engine – making fishing easier, more effective & efficient.

Peter also asked for the donation of sails for the upcoming [March 2020] Tonga visit; other boating equipment will be gratefully accepted. The Tongan request was received recently to help with the teaching of sailing & navigation to the students at the Maritime school and to the fishing people. Any lightweight smaller sails & life vests will be ideal. Peter will be taking over maritime charts, compasses, protractors, parallel/scaled rulers, GPS, etc; anyone who is interested & would like to take some photos/videos are welcome to come along & see how the Sails program works.

Presentation of Award and Peter’s speech


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A note of thanks from Peter

A big ‘thank you’ to Andrew Stonehouse and his team at Betta Canvas
in Queanbeyan; they have sewn some edging to reinforce the sail I had to cut up.
They have made five “new” sails from the original sail which was about 20 metres – over 60 feet long!

Thanks also to Linfox Transport for bringing truckloads of sails across from Perth!

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Visit to Timor Leste [East Timor]

In October, Peter visited East Timor and presented some donated sails and other navigational aids to some local fishermen.















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Peter at the Rotary Club

Peter recently gave a talk on S.O.S. to the Rotary Club of Canberra – Burley Griffin.
A short article can be found on page 2 of the Rotary Club Bulletin for 25th of July 2011. [PDF Download 1.69 MB]

During the talk – Peter showed the plaque which was presented to him by the Samoan Prime Minister in appreciation of his work.

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Sails for delivery

Peter with sails at Delfast Depot in Fyshwick

Pallets of sails – photographed at Delfast’s Depot in Fyshwick, Canberra – last week.

There are seven pallets of sails going to Uniting Church in Melbourne this week for on-going shipment – via containers to pacific countries/islands.

Peter has asked them to advise the final destination(s) when they have the next container load ready.

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Sails being delivered

Peter delivering some of the last batch of sails to the  Australian Foundation for the Peoples of Asia and the Pacific Limited

Peter delivering sails

Peter delivering sails to AFAP - Saint Mary's Western Sydney

George Wells MSS (Medical Supplies and Services) Warehouse Manager  AFAP – taking delivery of sails.

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A special follow-up to Zanzibar visit

Whilst visiting Zanzibar, Peter was asked to try to get help for local projects and children’s education.
This picture shows Father Anselmo pumping water from a recently installed bore.

Machui Catholic Mission Zanzibar Tanzania East Africa

Machui Catholic Mission Zanzibar Tanzania East Africa

If you would like to find out more about Father Anselmo’s work, please visit:
this site.  Or Email: padreanselmo@live.com

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