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Yacht departs on three-year circumnavigation with good will, supplies

Capt. Gui Garcia and his 10 crew on the 151-foot Cheoy Lee M/Y Qing will set off from Ft. Lauderdale today at 2 p.m. on what is planned to be a three-year circumnavigation. First stop: Cayman Islands to await the weather window for Panama.

“We’re still planning it all,” Capt. Garcia said. “We’re taking it one leg at a time.”

Roughly, they expect to work their way around the South Pacific to Singapore, then across to Africa, over to Brazil and back to the United States. Along the way, they will do some spearfishing and diving in places “as remote as possible,” he said.

“Our goal is to go to places you can’t fly into.”

A key part of the trip will be delivering supplies and water to various communities around the globe as a part of YachtAid Global, the yacht-based charity started nearly a decade ago by a former yacht captain.

Capt. Gui Garcia and his 10 crew on the 151-foot Cheoy Lee M/Y Qing will set off from Ft. Lauderdale today at 2 p.m. on what is planned to be a three-year circumnavigation. Photo by Lucy Reed

Capt. Gui Garcia, far left, and his 10 crew on the 151-foot Cheoy Lee M/Y Qing will set off from Ft. Lauderdale today at 2 p.m. on what is planned to be a three-year circumnavigation. Photo by Lucy Reed

After passing through the Panama Canal, Qing plans to visit Colombia, Costa Rica and cruise through the Sea of Cortez, where YAG supplies will make their way to Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas, still recovering from a hurricane last fall.

The yacht also is carrying 50 water filters that the owner purchased through YAG partner Waves for Water that will help locals clean as much as 1 million gallons of water each.

A highlight of the upcoming trip for Capt. Garcia, who traveled extensively with M/Y Tuscan Sun, is to revisit areas around Micronesia, especially seeing reefs and dive sites that he first photographed 25 years ago to see how they have changed.

Lucy Chabot Reed is editor of The Triton. Scroll down to leave a comment.

 

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