After 101 day at sea and over 4,500 nautical miles sailed, the 5’ long Miniboat S/V Liberty crossed over a reef, through a channel and into the lagoon of Ailuk Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands on November 5, 2020. Remarkably, the Liberty was built by Mr. Boken’s 7th grade class at Wy’East Middle School in Vancouver, Washington just last school year. In that time, she has traveled halfway around the world.
When she first arrived at the atoll, two American sailors made first contact with the people of Ailuk for us via VHF radio. We were quickly connected to the Mayor of Ailuk, Typhoon, as well as a local man named Pumpkin. Local school children watched the S/V Liberty sail into the lagoon and went to retrieve her. When the students opened the cargo hatch, they discovered gifts from Mr. Boken’s class, a letter explaining the project in Marshallese, and the miniboat’s GPS tracker.
Unfortunately, the GPS was damaged in the course of this cross-continental journey. Both sailors, Mayor Typhoon, and Pumpkin have all agreed to help the school children install the new GPS and get the S/V Liberty back out to sea—but first, we need your help. We are currently raising funds to purchase a new 2-way AP3 GPS unit. This tracker enables us to follow the miniboat on its journey in real-time, allowing students to predict and anticipate its path as it makes its way across the Pacific.
If you are able, please help contribute to this invaluable tool as our students navigate the worlds of science, technology, engineering, art, and math in the CRMM Miniboat Program.