Repair at Sea, south of Crete. Greek specialists discuss rectifying the storm damage to the Zaytouna’s rigging with boat captain Madeleine Habib. [Photo credit: Marama Davidson.]
Mid-ocean remedy. Greek riggers repairing the storm damage in international waters off Crete.
Mediterranean Sea south of Crete (Greece) 2 October 2016.
Update Day 5: The Women’s Boat to Gaza, the Zaytouna-Oliva, receives repairs and supplies south of Crete
During a storm a few nights ago, part of the rigging on the Zaytouna-Oliva was damaged by heavy winds. Although the damage was minor and she continued to make good progress for the last few days under motor towards the Greek island of Crete, she still needed her rigging fixed in order to continue the mission.
This morning our friends from Ship to Gaza Greece sent a repair boat which brought a skilled rigging specialist to repair the damage, as well as bringing more fuel and supplies.
According to Madeleine Habib, skipper of Zaytouna-Oliva: “the professionalism of rigger and team that came on board was great. It really meant so much to us! In addition to fuel and other supplies, the boat brought the women Greek desserts, solidarity and friendship.” Zohar Chamberlain Regev, coordinator of the Women’s Boat to Gaza who worked closely with women from Ship to Gaza Greece to arrange the needed repairs, adds: “This immediate response to our boat’s needs is just another example of how much solidarity there is around the world to help break the blockade of Gaza. While there are no Greek women on the boats, their campaign’s concrete solidarity has helped us on this international mission in a vital way.”
The Zaytouna-Oliva is now continuing on her way to break the illegal blockade of Gaza, with many thanks to the solidarity and friendship from Greece! She is scheduled to reach the shores of Gaza later this week. All on board are well and determined to succeed.
Post based on a report from the Women’s Boat to Gaza website: wbg.freedomflotilla.org