Camden Yacht Club members Tom Kiley and Ry Hills will give a slide presentation of their memorable voyage on their 37 foot wooden sailboat, Snow Star, Wednesday, August 21, 7–8:30 p.m. at the Camden Yacht Club.
The trip included two transatlantic crossings, cruising in the Azores, Madera and the Canary Islands in the summer of 2017. In the fall of 2017, the couple were joined by two more crew members and sailed west from the Canary Islands to Antigua, a passage of 3200 miles in 25 days. They spent the winter in the Caribbean where they were joined by friends and family. The trip north included cruising the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas.
This was not an unusual trip for many salty cruisers, but what made this trip unique was their Danish-built 50-year-old 37-foot wooden sloop. Few boats like this are voyaging offshore anymore. Further, Tom and Ry had 14 crew members join them throughout the voyage who were under 40 years old. The opportunities for young people sailing offshore are few and far between. Many of the next generation crew started their sailing at the Camden Yacht Club. All were excellent crew members.
Tom and Ry are life long sailors, having grown up on boats both racing and cruising. Their previous offshore experience has included trips to the Caribbean in 1977 on Snow Star and along the east coast. They have five grown children who join them when time allows.
This presentation is the 8th and final in a series of eight hosted by the Camden Yacht Club and is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted, to benefit the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP). For more information, please contact the CYC office at 207-236-7033 or visit our web site: camdenyachtclub.org.