Sometime in the summer of 2014, I decided to go back to school. So I applied to Medical School in Antigua and Barbuda and was accepted into their BSEP program. The only problem with this plan is that Maik, Benny, Midnight and I had to move to Antigua leaving everything we knew behind. Maik and I talked about how to go about doing this and created a plan to make it all possible.
We sold our home, Maik quit his job and we started Benny in homeschool. Before our big move to Antigua, Maik and I went and visited the Island to make accommodations. I needed a place to stay from January until Maik, Benny and Midnight arrived with the sail boat. We reserved a slip for Windshadow and everything else was set for our move.
I flew to Antigua on my own, a week before school started, and made sure I had everything I needed for school. Maik and Benny prepared Windshadow for the journey South. Windshadow was in Folly Beach, SC at the time. There were a couple of things that Maik had to do to get Windshadow ready other than provisionings. When Maik finally got everything prepared, they were ready to set sail.
By this time it was February. The weather in Folly Beach was not nice, just cold, rainy and gray. Maik found a decent day to actually untie the lines and head down the intracoastal waterway. It was not long into the trip, until the bilge alarm came on and water started flooding into the boat. Now, I am not very familiar with all the terms of the boat, but I believe something went wrong with the cutless bearing and water starting coming into the bilge. The flooding of the bilge was so fast that Maik decided to beach the boat. He beached the boat on a private island and called the coast guards for help. The coast guards arrived while Maik was trying to prepare the boat for being left on the island by closing hatches, securing personal items and removing things from the floor. Maik said that it seems as if the coast guards were more concerned about getting him off the island because it was private than helping him keep the boat and things inside safe from more damage. They rushed him off Windshadow, they left the door of the boat wide open and placed the anchor to where Windshadow was facing the water.
That night a bad storm came through. Maik hoped that Windshadow would not get any more damage from the storm. Early the next morning, Maik and Benny got the dock master to take them to where the boat was using a small dinghy because they were not allowed drive on the island to get to the boat. When they arrived, the damaged from the storm was worst than Maik imagined. Windshadow was flooded inside due to the main door being left open. Since the boat was anchored the wrong way, the waves brought water directly into the boat. The brand new solar panels were damaged, our personal items where all over the beach. It was a nightmare!
We had sold everything, cut down things in our life just to a few items and even those items were lost. To make matters worse, the insurance company declared the boat a total loss. Everyone was devastated. While I was in Antigua by myself, there was nothing I could do. Maik booked a flight for everyone (Benny and Midnight) and joined me in Antigua. Although Maik was able to collected a couple of suitcases of things before he left, many of our things were lost.
We were very lucky to have increased the worth of the boat a couple of months prior to this horrible event because we upgraded many things. The insurance company paid the full amount that they promised and we were very happy that they made things uncomplicated when it came to paying out. We were in shock and deeply affected by the loss, we could not handle another bad news. We thanked them for being so understand. So that was our journey to Antigua and the last time we saw our Windshadow.