UPDATE: February 22, 2021
Boatwatch.org has been asked to assist in a most interesting and worthwhile project involving two young Scottish lads and their adventurous spirit. A toy pirate ship, named Adventure, launched by two young brothers from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, has previously sailed the high seas to Scandinavia and onwards to Barbados before being lost at sea.
A new toy ship, Adventure II, has now been launched and is presently riding the Gulf Stream between Cuba and Florida. Their story may be found at https://track-adventure.squarespace.com/aboutus.
The little ship has a GPS tracker sending real-time position reports, and may be seen at https://track-adventure.squarespace.com
The recent North winds has been the controlling factor the last several days, and the ship is possibly going to make landfall in Cuba somewhere West of Havana. Of course, if this happens it will complicate the situation. The family certainly is hoping the ship will be steered by the Gulf Stream once the wind slacks off a bit and will ride the Stream up the East Coast of Florida.
Boatwatch.org encourages all cruisers to follow this fascinating project and assist if needed. At some point the batteries are going to need charging and a bit of boat maintenance. We all know about that. It would be a lot easier if that could happen somewhere along the Florida Coast from the Keys to Miami. We will see.
Boatwatch.org will share this with the various Facebook Groups covering Cuba and the Florida Keys and North up the coast. We will even share it with the US Coast Guard, as it’s quite possible someone encountering this strange craft would contact the USCG and we want them to be aware of the kid’s project.
Please can you help us? Our names are Ollie (11 years old) and Harry (8 years old) and we live in Scotland. Our little toy boat has sailed all the way from the coast of Guyana and is now just a few miles off the coast of Honduras near the town of Barra Patuca. We expect she will come ashore very near the town.
and on our FB page:
The following excerpts are from email correspondence with these great kids and their family. Let’s all try to help them. This is a good link to their Facebook posts.
She has a battery but it lasts for months. No rudder she is a toy that is at the mercy of currents and winds. If you wanted to float down this region up past Florida where would you recommend? Is starting?
Our first boat got a Guinness world record of 6000 km from Africa to Barbados.
If we can get this one up past Cuba and into east Florida waters then we can smash that record!
On 20 Dec 2020, at 14:54, Glenn Tuttle <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Hello Mac, Ollie, and Harry,
Location: Huarta / Laguna de Brus O Cartine