My name is Nabil Amra, I'm a proud Palestinian American and an avid sailor. There aren't many sailors that don't know the story of the original 1968 Golden Globe Race Around the World. I am no exception to this and have, for years, read all I could get my hands on regarding this subject. You can imagine my excitement to see that there would be a 50th annniversary running of the race to all the same rules and technology as were the case in 1968.
I have secured my position as one of the 30 races for the 50th anniversary running of the Golden Globe Race Around the World. I thought that the race would be the hardest thing I've ever done, but I'm discovering that just getting to the starting line may be the biggest challenge! The money that I am hoping to raise will go towards the boat, its extensive refit (to survive several months in the Southern Ocean), and a fresh suit of sails. Any funds not used for these purposes will go towards raising awareness about the serious plight of the Palestinian Sail and Surf Federation. Every racing dinghy that was donated to them has been destroyed by the Israeli Airforce. Nothing spells National Security threat like teenagers training for Olympic Sail Racing!
There are 21 months before the start of the race, sounds like a lot of time! It isn't, in fact, I'm currently burning the candle at both ends to make sure everything is ready to go in time. I'll be putting the boat through its paces at the end of this winter and the majority of the refit needs to be done by then. In a perfect world, this project would be have received the majority of the sought-after funding by January 31st, 2017.
Normally, I would have no interest in trying to survive alone, for 9 months, several of these months in the most wicked ocean of them all, the Southern Ocean. All the while working around the additional challenge of no electronic technology, GPS, Iphone, CD's, DVD's, or refridgerated food! But if this is what it takes to give 6 million people, who have had the hardest 70 years imaginable something to cheer for... Sign me up.
Nobody will try harder and nobody would be more thankful then me for your help and support. Combined with your support we will show the world that a Palestinian can compete, successfully, against anyone in the world.
Pleas help me make this a reality.