Help us Make a difference for the people of the Bahamas!

Help us Make a difference for the people of the Bahamas!

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Psycho Skipper Ed & Paul of the sailing yacht Black Diamond need your help, to help the Bahamians of The Abacos and Grand Bahamas.

Before and After Dorian.

Bahamas Before & After Dorian

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I, Guest Blogger, Gordana Mosher, was very fortunate to have travelled with Captain Ed and Paul on the boat Black Diamond to the Bahamas last year and other incredible sailing adventures we enjoyed together. They both love sailing and have shared many stories of all the great cruising destinations throughout the Bahamas. They have connected with so many people both in The Abacos and Grand Bahamas and other areas in the Bahamas. This hurricane, as we have seen in the news recently has been beyond devastating.

Many of the locals have lost so much, and the devastation is unbearable. Over the years, Ed & Paul have developed so many great friendships with the locals who unfortunately have been deeply affected and suffered tremendous loss.

There are many agencies raising money for immediate support that is desperately needed. But often what happens is after a few months these people are often forgotten.

The Black Diamond Sailing vessel is now safely in Miami and will be returning to The Abacos and Grand Bahamas in November. The needs of the people will be different, but there will still be needs. Their goal is to speak to their friends at that time as to what is most needed and can’t be purchased in the Bahamas.

The sailboat will be loaded with these needed items, sailed to the Bahamas, they have a friend that owns one of the largest customs brokerage houses in the Bahamas, he will get the items cleared through customs if needed, they don’t anticipate having to pay any duties for humanitarian efforts. Then these items will be delivered to the people that are most in need of them.

Ed & Paul, will donate their own funds to the effort also and are asking for additional help in this effort. If more funds are raised than supplies can be loaded on the boat, then those funds will be donated to humanitarian efforts on the ground in the Bahamas.

Receipts for all purchased items and donations will be provided and posted back to this page once completed. They will also be producing new Youtube videos of the efforts as they are unfolding.

Over the years, Ed has filmed and shared dozens of youtube videos of his travels and experiences throughout the Bahamas, which you can find on his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/psychoskippered . The passion behind the lens of this extraordinary sailor with a huge heart, who wants to do whatever he can to give back to a community, where he has made many personal connections.

Here is a link to a youtube video that Paul and Ed produced just hours before Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas, they were on a mission to extract the sailing vessel Black Diamond from Freeport, Bahamas and bring her out of harms way to Miami, Florida. https://youtu.be/0P30TeFtqRU

If you can help out with a small donation, $1, $5, $10 or even $20 will go a long way if we all give a little. If you have already given through other fundraising efforts for the Bahamas, we thank you!

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Gordana, on behalf of Paul and Psycho Skipper Ed!

s/v Black Diamond

I have been boating for over 25 years, at the age of 43, this is more than half of my life time. Starting out with a number of smaller power boats, then switching to sail about 8 years ago. I have sailed various boats from wind surfers, dinghies (lasers), keel boats from 26 to 45 foot yachts. I live in the area of Toronto Canada and sail mostly on Lake Ontario. I have been racing yachts for the past 7 years. I have also entered many long distance races such as the Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, completed in 2 days 8 hours, we received 4th place in division, 8 minutes in PHRF behind a 3rd place trophy. Then 4 times finishing the Susan Hood, a 75 mile over night race, 4 times entered in the Lake Ontario 300 the worlds longest fresh water race, a 308 knotical mile race around the perimeter of Lake Ontario. My crew and I on Black Diamond finished in 2 days 12 hours in 2009. In 2009, delivering the boat back up to Canada from the Bahamas we entered in a couple of interesting races, one from Fort Lauderdale to Charleston described as a sled ride up the gulf stream, the Charleston race week regatta series and the New Year's Day Staniel Cay Regatta in the Exumas, Bahamas. This race we came in 2nd over entire fleet, only lost by 3 minutes in a 2 hour race to a 47 footer. This was a boat for boat race, no PHRF scoring. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So cast off the bowline, Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain Blue water experience include yacht deliveries from the Abacos, Bahamas to Charleston South Carolina 2006. This delivery was a non-stop, 3 and half days, total of 500 miles. We crossed parts of the Bermuda Triangle, and during most of the delivery were over 200 miles offshore. The delivery of Black Diamond a 40 foot Jeanneau racer/cruiser has been delivered to New York City and then offshore to Florida and the Bahamas from Toronto, Canada. This delivery from NYC to Florida was completed 100 miles offshore, for a distance of over a 1000 miles non-stop to Jacksonville, Florida. Completed in what might be a cruisers record of 5 days 3 hours non-stop offshore. This fall my family and I added another 500 miles of sailing throughout much of the Bahamas. Spending 6 weeks aboard Black Diamond sailing the Abacos, Nassau and the Exumas. I then sailed the boat back to New York, completely offshore, entered a few races along the way, and back to Toronto through the Hudson River and Erie Canal. During the 2009 season, we sailed Black Diamond off the dock 148 different days out of 365, winning the Vacant Dock award the second year in a row. Most recently, 2011, completed the delivery of friends boat Tracey & Nilson Ruiz, from Tortoal, BVI to New York. Tortola to Georgetown Bahamas in 5 days non-stop. Last leg from Charleston to New York over the momorial day long week-end non-stop Friday to Monday in 4 days. All completed safe and sound without incedent. Need any deliveries let me know. I am also an Open Water Certified diver and an active member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, certifications included Power/Sail boat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising and a VHF Radio operation license. I hope to further my education, qualifications and experience in long distance cruising and racing. One of my goals is to obtain a commercial Captains License. Feel free to contact me at er@radonicrodgers.com

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