Being in the Caribbean for almost 6 month – you can’t avoid turning into a pirate.
OK – I admit – got inspired by Captain Jack Sparrow.
Captain Whitebeard, also known as Skipper Ingo, from the notorious FAULE HAUT.
Greetings from Hollywood.
Sailboat Faule Haut with Skipper Ingo is overwhelmed by the helpfulness of its friends and followers to support the hurricane struck school at the Caribbean Island Commonwealth of Dominica.
The plea for helping them to fix their blown away roofs generated the amount of 3,805.- €.
As promised by Skipper Ingo of Faule Haut, to double the donations up to a limit of 1,000.- €, the amount of 4,805.- € was transferred to the Dominican Secondary School at Portsmouth.
Faule Haut sends a big THANK YOU to every supporter.
May God bless you all.
FAULE HAUT IS ASKING FOR HELP
It’s the third time that I’ve come to Dominica within the last four months.
I’ve done some more traveling inside the country and have gotten a more clearer picture about what Maria, the latest hurricane, did to this island.
The devastation and tragedy has struck me up to the max, and I have a hard time going back to normal before I have done this:
I would like to raise some money for the Dominican kids.
First time ever, that I do a thing like that. Not that I have planned to kick the bucket soon, but I think, it’s about time to start doing something useful.
I just came back from the Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School of Portsmouth here, where I handed over 2,000.- $US to the principal of the school Carlotta Challenger and the treasurer Joseph Mc Grey.
This is part of my money which I have been saving during the last years of my work in Germany, just to give it away to people in need during my cruise around the world.
But I‘m not satisfied with that. I would like to ask you to join and donate some money for Dominica’s kids.
Kids are the future in each and every country. I’m totally in line with the politics of the Adventist Church, to build and maintain schools in „third world“ or poor countries. Education is the key for a better society and a better life. Especially if it’s a christian one. Right now the government of Dominica does not have the means to replace all the destroyed infrastructure
(e. g. From my anchorage here I can see the office building of the police station with a missing roof. Even seven months after Maria hit this island, there is no money to fix it.)
It won’t take long and the rainy season will beginn again soon in June. The school needs money to replace the hurricane-blown-away roof before then, else they get more damage done on the ground floors of their buildings through the rain.
If you donate to some charity organization – have you ever heard about how much money goes down the drain through administration and other mysterious channels? You‘d be shocked to hear how much.
Not so here:
FAULE HAUT TURNS IT AROUND AND DOUBLES YOUR DONATION !
This is how:
For each dollar or euro you donate, Faule Haut will double your donation.
If you donate 10 dollars, I will add the same amount and donate 10 more dollars as well.
I will limit my donation all together at 1,000.- € (about 1,200.- $US)
All donations will go directly to the school, Not a Cent will get lost in administrative channels.
So, please before you click on the “Like” button, make a donation.
I do have the bank account number from the school but I found out that the fees for international money transfer (from Europe to Dominica) is immense. The fees for your single transfer might exceed the amount you donate.
Therefore I will collect your donations on my German Account. Beginning of May I will then transfer all together to the schools account. This way I only have to pay the transfer fee once.
So please, European donors, make your donation to this account:
DE60 xxxx xxxx xxxx xx
Mark it with „Hurricane Donation“
American or any non European donors might better send it directly to the school‘s account,
Dominican Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School, which is this one:
Acc. No. 00000000
National Bank of Dominica
Remember – your donation will be doubled. You’ll never get that chance again.
I know it takes some time but, please, interrupt your FACEBOOK SESSION, start you homebanking program and help the kids of Dominica. It only takes five minutes.
All your donations that come in before May 1st, will be doubled by Skipper Ingo of Sailboat FAULE HAUT.
I will let you know the results in a few weeks.
THANKS to everybody.
Skipper Ingo, Faule Haut, still at Commonwealth of Dominica
Faule Haut met Captain Jack Sparrow AKA Johnny Depp – at the Indian River at Dominica, Caribbean, on April 11, 2018.
Well – hmmmm – it was the same as with Ringo – he didn’t want to show up – or – well – he probably left already.
Skipper Ingo and his crew Craig took a tour at the Indian River, the biggest river at Dominica. The river starts way up high in the mountains and enters the Caribbean waters at Portsmouth, Prince Rupert Bay.
Currently we are anchoring at Prince Rupert Bay to explore parts of Dominica.
We motored with Daniel from P.A.Y.S. in his boat to the estuary and then Daniel cut the motor and started rowing the boat, to protect wildlife there. About a km we rowed through this fascinating mangrove.
First time for me to enter a river in a rainforest and to be in the middle of a mangrove forrest. I felt kinda like Rambo.
Daniel told us, that before Hurricane Maria (Sept 2017) hit Dominica, the river looked differently. At some places the trees were growing from the banks wide sideways over the river so that’s you could hardly see the sky through them. Naturally, Maria didn’t just destroy 80 or 90 % of the houses, but plantation and nature as well. We saw thousands of broken trees so far. Sad – to see palm trees without their treetops everywhere, not to speak about houses without rooftops.
Highly interesting place, too bad that Captain Jack Sparrow has left after shooting some sequences for the movies “Pirates of the Caribbean”(part 2 +3) exactly here on this Indian River.
So far this place has been used to appear in about twenty movies because of it’s beauty and unspoiled life.
Don’t know what picture to post – none of them did capture this peace of nature nowhere near.
You got to be there.
Nevertheless – I gave it a try.
The Skipper of Faule Haut is happy to introduce his new crew:
Craig has been on the boat for 10 days already, Sandra joined the day before yesterday. Both are super friends from Texas.
Currently we are cruising the American Virgin Islands. This picture was taken at a beach bar at St. Thomas, at a small island southwest of Charlotte Amalie, the capitol of AVI.
I picked them both up at Puerto Rico. From there it took us two days of sailing to get here
This is a crew member/friend, Veit, of the notorious sailing vessel Faule Haut. This photo was taken just five days ago in the Caribbean, at the “Diamond Rock”, close to Martinique, where my crew stopped for some scuba diving.
These adventures is what you could experience when you come on board.
In fact, he told me, that he even got a kiss on his goggles from “Paula”
Faule Haut attacked by pirates
Hallo, Friends of Faule Haut,
the sailing vessel with the German Skipper Ingo on board, who is on route to Guadeloupe, Caribbean.
I hope you weren’t worried about us some days ago when you couldn’t detect us on www.marinetraffic.com. We had turned off our AIS device for two days, or to be more precise, the active sending of our local position after we were being attacked by pirates.
After having successfully sailed through the crowded Strait of Gibraltar we were sailing along the coast of Morocco going south towards the Canary Islands.
We have a DSC marine radio on board which, if turned on and in standby mode, can be activated by another DSC radio on another ship via our MMSI number or via an “All Ships Call”, either from another boat, or the coastguard.
On Nov. 16, we were bothered a few times by several All Ships Calls from the coastguard at Tarifa. We were already 70 miles south of Tarifa, so the message did not come in clearly enough to be understood entirely. They were giving out a warning about three or four men in a boat. That was all we understood. As I said, we did not understand everything and we thought that they were talking about a refugee boat because that area is full of them. It’s a classical route for the refugees from Africa to the Spanish mainland. So we were not paying much attention to their warning and decided to stay clear of any refugee boat unless they are in danger. We were soon to find out, what Radio Tarifa was talking about.
They issued a “Piracy Warning” with their “All Ships Call”, but we didn’t understand it entirely.
A strong squall, a gust of wind, sent from heaven, saved our boat, maybe even our lives.
Am I exaggerating? Judge yourself after reading.
Here’s what was happening on Nov. 16 at 7:40 a.m.
I was alone on deck since 4 o’clock. It was me who was on guard, to keep a lookout.
My friends Sabine and co-skipper Benno were sleeping in their berths.
We were under full sails – beating – which means close hauled – going 6,5 knots in a 25 knots wind.
We were 23 nautical miles away from the coast of Morocco, somewhere between Tanger and Casablanca (exactly in position 35*21.701 N 006*35.929 W),
when I saw a small boat coming straight towards us.
According to the IRPCS (International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea) I made a slight turn to starboard to pass it on my port side.
In fact, it was not obligatory to me. It should have been their duty to stay clear out of my way because we were on a sailing vessel under sails and according to the IRPCS a motor boat has to stay clear of a sailing vessel, meaning it has to yield.
But instead of staying clear it was turning to its port side, so that it was coming straight to me. It forced me to to make another turn to starboard to avoid a collision. I was not willing to make another turn because I was under sails and would have lost my speed and come to a stop. With my slight turn to starboard I had signaled them that I will pass them on my port side. The fact that they then changed their course even more to (their) port side let some alarm bells ring in my head. Some kinda shit was about to happen.
Later on it was clear to me that their intention was to make me loose my speed and come to a halt so that they could lie alongside on my port side to enter.
On board were three men, waving their arms, signaling me to stop and/or to make a starboard turn.
A lot of things came to my mind. I’m a good natured guy, that doesn’t expect the bad first in other people, so I thought maybe they wanted to warn me about something. Maybe a floating container or something else. I could not decipher their waving and shouting. Only that they were trying to stop my boat.
When they noticed that I was not wiling to stop or turn, they turned starboard and made another full turn and were coming towards me again in an angle of about 20 degrees. I kept on going strait. Still they were shouting and waving their arms signaling me to stop.
Now a big flow of adrenalin woke me up. This was a serious attempt to stop me.
One loud shout:
“All hands on deck. Possibly a pirate attack.”
woke up my friends and maybe someone on the mainland Morocco, 23 nautical miles away.
While I was going through all kinds of counter procedures in my head I bent down to start the Motor.
Suddenly I stumbled and fell hard on the seat in the cockpit because a very strong squall had hit into the sails. This caused the boat to make an instantaneous sharp turn to port, about 20 degrees or more.
(A boat sailing close hauled does that always when hit by a big squall. It’s called “weather helm” german: “luvgierig”)
In the meantime they were only a few meters away from my bow, a little to my port side, still coming straight towards me.
This quick turn to port was in no way intentionally executed by me, but was caused by this sudden big squall. The Faule Haut turned to port so fast and was about to crash into that other boat. Their helmsman speeded up and turned their boat to starboard to avoid a collision within the last second.
By now, my buddy Benno came up the companion way. Sabine, as a women, did the right thing and hid down below, watching through the windows what was going on
This sharp turn towards them, endangered their lives and their boat and to them this turn must have appeared as a counter attack from us. It looked as if I tried to crash into their boat regardless of even wrecking my own boat.
Me myself would never have dared to make such an aggressive turn.
Yes – from then on it was clear to me that they were pirates. You could tell by the look at their boat and how they behaved.
The pirates must have been confused. I will never know what was going on on their minds but I think they thought that with us, they would not have an easy game.
I asked Benno to get the portable radio and act as if he was calling for help.
For about three minutes they kept on following us, probably thinking how to proceed with us.
Long scary minutes to me. Finally they turned round and went towards the coast.
Probably we were lucky that they were impressed and intimidated and maybe not that courageous or wicked enough to proceed. Might have been beginners. Even pirates have to start from scratch somehow.
Benno was skeptical first that they were pirates that wanted to rob us. Well – he was still sleeping when they approached us.
He thought that maybe they wanted to sell us some hashish, marijuana or other drugs until he was on duty, when he received another “All Ships Call” from the coastguard at Tarifa. This time he fully understood their warning on the radio. It was a Piracy Warning saying that there was a boat in our area with three or four men trying to stop other boats.
Too bad that I got my iPhone out too late to get a clearer picture of them, but I had other things going on in my head and almost other things in my pants.
They had a wooden boat of about 6 – 7 m length, equipped with two well oversized outboards. Typical for pirate boats.
No fishing boats are equipped like that.
Furthermore with a metal rack full of antennas, lights and electronics, as you can see well on that picture. Also typical for a pirates boat.
There was no fishing gear visible whatsoever.
Also that boat did not have a passiv radar reflector. Why not? That’s obvious. They don’t want to be seen or located. When they left, I only had them for about one nautical mile on my radar screen (because of the missing radar refectory). Other similar boat I can see for about 12 nm. Definitely another sign for a pirates boat.
What are three men doing on a open boat like this in the morning at 7:40, 23 nm away from the coast? Without any visible fishing equipment.
Vacationing? Sightseeing? Coffee break?
It was exactly the boat, the coastguard of Tarifa had issued a Piracy Warning in an “All Ships Call”.
That attached photo ain’t that clear but to me it looks as if they disguised or hid themselves with masks. One of them covered himself up with a blanket when they noticed that I took pictures. Another one hid entirely.
I will send that photo to the Tarifa coastguard. At least they get a picture about their boat
Usually these pirates don’t kill you straight away, but they steal all your money and all your electronic devices and gadgets.
We have things like that on board for more than 10,000.- $ US.
If they had stolen all our electronic maps, iPhones, iPads, board computer with all the software that we need for navigating, our cruise would have been over.
I would not have let them rob me that easily. I will never know what happened if they had made it on board.
I’m happy and thankful that they did not succeed.
A squall, a simple gust of wind, precisely timed and sent at the right second, helped to prevent that pirates take over your boat.
To me, this was a miracle?
PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Skipper Ingo und Crew.
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