Join our fundraising campaign by
August 1st to get her back in the water! Great rewards for sponsors!
|Wilma Lee damaged in Hurricane Arthur|
of July was most unusual, bringing with it not the
expected tourists, parade, sand castle contest, and Community Square
party, but instead a Category 2 Hurricane Arthur barreling up the coast.
On the night of July 3rd and early in the morning of July 4th,
Ocracoke Island took a direct hit from Hurricane Arthur. The storm
brought winds upwards of 100 mph for several hours and also packed
tornado-type winds as well. The eye of the storm passed over the village
of Ocracoke at around 1:00 AM on July 4th. The island suffered damage
in the form of downed trees, broken windows, roofing, siding and trim
torn from houses and buildings, road overwash, and over 40 utility poles
snapped or dislodged.
The most dramatic damage for Ocracoke Alive was to the Skipjack Wilma
Lee tied up at NPS docks. No one was there to watch [see comments for clarification
], so we can only
look at the results and speculate as to exactly what happened. The
damage report is as follows:
Broken 40 ft wood boom
Damage to the port and starboard rails
Damage to the starboard railing
Damage to the mainsail
Structural separation at the stem
The Wilma Lee will be taken to a boatyard and hauled out for inspections
and repairs. We are currently assessing and estimating the costs, but
it is clear that because of a high deductible and a provision that
excludes sail damage during a named storm, that we will need close to
$20,000 that we currently do not have.
We hope to repair the vessel so that it is able to take passengers for
motoring trips and minimal sailing with use of the jib sail so that we
can make the most of the remainder of the 2014 season while we wait for
the creation of a new mainsail. In the meantime, we will continue our
summertime educational Dockside talks once the Wilma Lee returns to her
berth at the Community Square Docks. Mid-August we have another meeting
with Andy Mink of NC Learn to look at the educational programming that
we are developing for the Wilma Lee.
Here are some ways you can help!
1. Join our Indiegogo Campaign!
June, we began a fundraising campaign to raise money for replacement of
the sails. That platform is still in place and we are off to a good
start at $1505 with 20 days left (as of this post date) and a goal for
the sails of $10,000. We hope you will be able to pitch in and join our
quest. Any monies raised over our goal will go towards the additional
costs of repairing damage to the Wilma Lee. There are a lot of great
perks, including T-shirts, cruises, a week’s stay on Ocracoke, and even
your own private charter. Please note that many of the rewards offered
involve cruises aboard the Wilma Lee – those may require modification,
depending on the outcome of our inspections and assessments. Contributions are tax-deductible and the campaign ends August 1st.
2. Send a tax-deductible contribution directly.
You can do so with a credit card through Paypal by clicking on the donation button here.
or by mailing a check to “Ocracoke Alive, PO Box 604, Ocracoke, NC 27960” with a memo to “Skipjack Wilma Lee Fund”
3. Join our “Boom and Sail Party.”
If you can come to Ocracoke Island and are interested in joining us for
a fundraising party, let us know and we will keep you posted on how to
get a ticket to a fun-filled celebration to raise money for the Skipjack
Wilma Lee. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 252-921-0260.