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.
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!