Kristi Foster 1111 Views

Northern Campaign 2014

Today I had a beautiful little boy who was profoundly deaf as well as autistic who touched my heart and my soul. He sat on the rail watching the water and all it's hues of colours. Then he discovered my hands were different because I had sailing gloves on. He spent the best part of 40 minutes studying and feeling the difference between the the different fabrics on them. I wear these gloves everyday and haven't really taken much notice but today I did!


The other night the crew after a day of Try Sails, the crew enjoyed a big dinner  in Steve's presidential suite and then Marine Uno.  So funny... with the losers being asked a question from the Col-regs.  Now everyone knows the day shape for a vessel constrained by draft is a cylinder and the lights are three red! All because someone lost at uno!

The Try Sails have been delightful with crew taking snapshot moments. The ones that are like "!Oh wow!"  An intellectually impared girl learning the bowline in 20 minutes, all in front of a camera. It took me a looooonnnnnggg time to learn and every now and then I muck it up!

We had Will who couldn't stop thanking us for the best day in his life!  And just before he stepped off the boat he turned to Mark Goode and said

"Thanks skipper sir." and snapped a salute.

 And today I had a beautiful little boy who was profoundly deaf as well as autistic who touched my heart and my soul. He sat on the rail watching the water and all it's hues of colours. Then he discovered my hands were different because I had sailing gloves on. He spent the best part of 40 minutes studying and feeling the difference between the the different fabrics on them. I wear these gloves everyday and haven't really taken much notice but today I did!

The crew dynamics have evolved, we are confined on a boat that was never meant to be lived on. But all in all we are all coping well. It was unanimously decided to have a crew get together ashore for one meal a week.

It was fantastic to get this comment on facebook

"Yesterday I traveled down from our high school at Macgregor in Brisbane with nine Autistic students. Though Autistic and not always able to show their emotions I could see the inner happiness of all our students as they traveled on your boat out of Southport. Thankyou so much to Ian and the crew who through there care and kindness to our students made a real impact on our students. We all had a wonderful time and this excursion will be remembered for many years to come. Thank you to all the business people who support this organization that give all youth an experience they will never forget. God bless you all."

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    • Deb Jeffreys | 2014-07-31 15:50:02
      Great story Kristi - you and the team up there are changing lives for sure!
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