Friday, May 28, 2010

Windsurfing Pioneer

The crew from the documentary Children of the Wind has been filming in Bonaire for the past few weeks. It looks like this is going to be a great movie, showcasing the amazing talents and accomplishments of the Bonairean windsurfers both young and old! Erwin was a pioneer in the sport on Bonaire, being the first Bonairean to try windsurfing and later winning numerous competitions but Erwin is probably best known for his long distance windsurfing adventures...including sailing from Bonaire to Curacao with a record time that held for twenty years! Erwin also windsurfed from Curacao to Venezuela and circumnavigated Bonaire. The photo shows Erwin just after his interview was filmed.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

More Sailing!

In the past two months, Erwin went out sailing a half a dozen more times on Sally's boat "Zahi". Last weekend Sally needed someone to sail her boat back to Aruba and our son Jason agreed to do it. Erwin was invited along on the trip. Erwin was so excited about this because in the old days he had sailed Sally's boat to St. Maarten, Aruba, Saba, Dominica and other islands in the Caribbean. They had a good trip over to Aruba and flew back two days later. A nice adventure to buoy Erwin's spirits!

"A calm sea does not make a skillful sailor"