Mobile Goat

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Mobile Central High School

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EXPECTATIONS:

We expect the boat to land in France with a 60% chance of it successfully getting across the Atlantic. 10% chance of getting it back.

MORE INFORMATION:

This mini-boat was prepared by the students at Mobile Central High School in Mobile, Newfoundland and Labrador, with help from the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University of Newfoundland. To kick-start the activities, the students attended a half-day session held by representatives from MI’s School of Ocean Technology and Office of Student Recruitment. Together, the students learned about sailing historic routes across the Atlantic and took part in activities focused on boat building and ocean mapping. They also spent time preparing, naming and personalizing their mini-boat. Prior to setting sail, the vessel will be filled with letters, pictures and videos from the students. The vessel will be officially launched on the Grand Banks, off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador at the end of November with support from a supply vessel from Maersk Supply Service.

FATE:

In late July 2017, as the Mobile Goat approached the Iberian Peninsula, we contacted our multi-international colleagues who have helped there in the past.  One individual, Alfredo Aretxabaleta’s friend Pablo Camara, took a particular interest in the recovery operation along with a few other long-time miniboat enthusiast.  Hilda, for example, enlisted the help of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, some “experts in atmospheric models from Galicia“, sent along a few websites to view the local wind fields  (see figure on below),

and enlisted a few more of her friends in the hunt.  Rachel Costa meanwhile suggested  “If you ( Spanish friends) could use Facebook or Instagram or any other way (local radio for example) to communicate in Spanish, normally this information will be shared and spread quickly. In Portugal, Maritime policy and local nautical clubs are involved when we share with them the all picture.” Miriam Hampel, from the Andalusian Center for Marine Science and Technology (CACYTMAR) in Cadiz who had helped recover a boat in 2015, also responded positively.

As noted by Paul Brett (one of the lead sponsors of this boat from Memorial University’s School of Ocean Technology) it “would be very serendipitous if it left a small fishing village in Newfoundland and was connected to a small fishing village in  Spain.”  And indeed, that is what happened.

On the morning of 6 August 2017, she reported from a fairly accessible location at the Porto de Moras and within a few hours, with help from Luis and others in Portugal and a Facebook contacts, she was rescued from the rocks.  The email from as translated by Google, reads:

Good afternoon.  I am contacting you to inform them that the ship has been rescued and is safe in Morás, Xove (Lugo) Galicia, in Spain. I contacted Luís Sebastião through facebook for our help.  Among friends Morás 5 neighbors located the boat was stuck on the rocks and climbed ashore. Luis told me to entregasemos in a school but here are now on holiday. We have saved as they return to school and leave there we will take your details so that teachers get in touch with you.  My colleagues and I are delighted to have helped draft these children. Attached photos hope you receive another email … 
Greetings from Morás

Sofia, the lead rescuer,  and her friends, Sandra, Tania, Bruno, and Pablo will bring the tired Mobile Goat into the local school where she can begin another life in Spain.

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