Nichols and the 68 ft. cargo schooner "Star of the Sea" have been making trips to Haiti at least twice a year. I know this because they usually come by our house when they come through Providenicales. He takes donated supplies from his christian missionary base on the west coast
to the orphanage on Cat Cay in the Bahamas
. Then he sails
from there to Provo, where he reprovisions and fuels up. From here he goes to Morton Salt
on Gt. Inagua. They are bringing food
down from the US for him on their returning-empty back to Gt. Ingaua for more salt
. From Gt. Inagua he sails
around to the far side of Haiti, where they offload the food
directly to the people who need it. This bypasses the problems with the food that gets shipped in via "official" channels. In other words, it gets tied up in political red tape
and sits behind fences to protect it. Who knows where it goes, evetually. I would suspect the government
and military, but that's pure speculation on my part. Anyhow if you are interested, you should contact Bob Nichols. He might be able to make his boat available, or as a minimum, he can tell you the ins and outs of sailing down and "smuggling" vital supplies to the starving people in Haiti.
Schooner Star of the Sea: June 2012
And I posted some photos of the boat coming through here several times. Some photos of the boat and crew in Provo are at:
2 Gringos in the Caribbean: "Star of the Sea"
there are other photos of the supplies being offloaded and transported and at the orphanage elsewhere in the blog. If you are interested you can click on the Star of the Sea category.
Capt. Nichols can speak from first hand experience, as he is just at the end of another trip. We last saw him here in June. He's one of those really cool people you meet from time to time. A rum
drinking, schooner sailing, real life two fisted missionary.