01.05.2012 Uncategorized 4 Comments

Anthony the Time Traveller

Hot off the press is a good story that captures Anthony’s spirit well. Virgin Islands Property and Yacht have published their story about Anthony and AnTiki and see abit of Dr Who in him.
Read the story HERE

And here’s the author interviewing Anthony….

Traci interviewing The Old Sea Dog

4 Responses to “Anthony the Time Traveller”

  1. Andy Bainbridge says:

    I am very disappointed with the story of “mutiny” as mentioned in this article. I know Anthony was always more interested in stormy conditions on the raft than stormy conditions around the raft, but I think it is time he came clean over another very significant factor why the Atlantic crossing landed at Sint Maarten and not Eleuthera. Andy

  2. Robin ( AnTiki HQ) says:

    For readers who might not have followed AnTiki’s initial trip across the Atlantic, let me explain that the writer Andy Bainbridge (above) was a member of the crew that got Anthony safely across the Atlantic last year. You can read his credentials in his entry on ‘The Team’ page.
    He doesn’t often take umbridge at anything, but when he does you know it’s based upon strong feelings.
    So I shall endeavour to get Anthony to ‘come clean’ about why AnTiki landed on the island of St Maarten.
    Robin.

  3. Trish Baily says:

    What a sour taste Anthonys comments on mutiny put on the whole trip and what a huge insult to all those who worked on the initial stages of the raft and donated to the charity Water Aid. The raft was never anywhere close to the Jolly boat course, its was crossing the Atlantic at a totally different time of year ( NOT in hurricane season) . The failure on Anthonys part to project manage the construction of the raft in Gomera and hence the resultant very late departure from Gomera meant that most of the “buffer” time that always must be put into a sailing trip had run out before they left. Anthony’s inability to give thanks and appreciation where that is due – to so many of the people who really put themselves out both time wise and financially to get the project off the ground in inexcusable. There is more to an adventure than looking for drama so you can write a book that will sell to line your own pocket. The demonstrations of poor seamanship ( on the leg to Bahamas) for the sake of a good story where it could have put peoples lives at risk and strained the resources of rescue organizations is inexcusable. As the wife of one of the original crew and the person who put massive amounts of time & energy towards the raft trip and in addition found many of the people who contributed basic elements of the raft ( rig, electronics, food, arrival in SXM. etc) I am disgusted and bitterly disappointed. Anthony gave very little thanks or acknowledgment to those people The one thing I am proud of is that I worked very very hard to raise awareness for Water Aid thru the Antiki raft and as a result have been introduced to what I perceive as a very important Global Aid organization.

  4. Anthony Smith says:

    I have seen the recent emails and am, of course, saddened. I have plainly committed errors.
    - It was wrong of me to suggest January 3 as completion date, a mere 6 weeks after everyone’s arrival at VGR. Various events helped to worsen this estimate, such as bad weather, John’s non arrival, David’s temporary disappearance, money troubles, the switch from rope to ratchets, Spain’s requirements and the novelty of the work with none of us experienced in raft construction. The help given to our cause by so many helpers turned out to be crucial. As it was we did not launch until mid-Jan and were not properly kitted out until the 20th. Then bad weather held us up.
    - As for the switch from the Bahamas to St M. we had solemnly declared that Eleuthera would be our goal. It then became clear that David would lose his job if we did not make an earlier landfall, and that John would also be in trouble if we pursued our original goal. Andy then felt he should side with the two crew who had strong reasons for an earlier landfall. We then chose St Maarten as an alternative destination. This proved to be an admirable alternative.
    - Voyage number 2, with a different crew, was confronted by harder sailing. Things became increasingly difficult when Eleuthera came in view and we were lucky, when beset by terrible conditions, to reach land without loss or injury.
    - I am extremely aware that I was dead wood on both voyages. Therefore I am totally aware that three people handled the raft supremely on Voyage No.1 and four did so on Voyage No.2 Without these seven my ancient dream could never have been realised. No wonder I am made miserable by the emails and realize I should apologise powerfully for the unhappiness I have caused. This I now do most abjectly, not that apologies can ever heal deep wounds. I must certainly be most cautious when speaking with others, a lesson I should have learned long ago.
    - In time I would like to think that my crews are my friends again, however much I have transgressed.
    Anthony

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