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Cancer-Surviving Sailor to Embark on $1 Million Circumnavigation for Charity

Cancer survivor, sailor and second-generation boat builder Johannes “Jopie” Helsen plans to embark on a $1 million around-the-world fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Heidi Trilsch and Jopie Helsen are set to sail around the world to fundraise $1 million for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Born in Holland and now living in St. Petersburg, Fla., Helsen, the owner of Sailor’s Wharf Yacht Yard, was diagnosed with throat cancer five years ago after experiencing pain and soreness during a sailing trip in the Mediterranean.

“I found myself rubbing my neck and I figured, with my luck, I better go see a doctor,” said Helsen, who was treated at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Fla.

Inspired by the many patients and survivors he met during treatment, Helsen knew he wanted to do something to help the fight against cancer.

During the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., he met Marty Siederer of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society [LLS] and Product Lead for the Leukemia Cup Regatta. Helsen discussed with Siederer his idea – to raise $1 million during a round-the-world sailing fundraiser for the charity.

“We’re so grateful for what he’s done to support and increase awareness of our organization,” said Siederer, who’s been with the LLS for nearly 40 years. “People like Jopie are just incredible ambassadors, whether you’re into the sailing community or not, to help cure cancer. That’s a very high quality and we’re so grateful for his help.”

With Siederer’s support, the first step toward such an adventure meant that Helsen, alongside his girlfriend Heidi Trilsch, needed a boat – a hearty, seaworthy vessel built to withstand the 15-month voyage known as the World Arc.

Hosted by the World Cruising Club, World Arc is a 26,000 nautical-mile trade wind circumnavigation that departs Jan. 12, 2019 from Saint Lucia island in the Caribbean to sail around the globe – most of which in the southern hemisphere.

While Helsen and Trilsch, whose stepmother is a Lymphoma survivor, will have long stretches at sea (the longest leg is 2,980 miles across the Pacific), World Arc includes opportunities for on-shore exploration – with close to 30 stops around the world at destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Bora Bora and Cape Town, South Africa.

Illustration courtesy of the World Cruising Club.

Finding the right boat for such a venture was no easy task. For Helsen, it not only had to be strong and capable for the harsh conditions at sea, but also comfortable and spacious enough for he and Trilsch, a videographer and an occasional crew member.

“We actually made an offer on two different boats that we did not get,” said Helsen, aged 71. “And now, looking back on it, we realize how impressive this boat is.”

With its sky-blue hull and matching spinnaker, Helsen purchased the aptly named and visually stunning SKY – a 57-foot dual-helm Vaudrey Miller monohull built in New Zealand and designed by Simonis Voogd in 2004.

SKY – the 57-foot monohull Helsen and Trilsch will sail around the world.

While originally built for the extremes of circumnavigation, Helsen said SKY had taken a beating over the years and needed some remodeling and upgrades ahead of the 2019 voyage.

Over the course of nearly one year, Helsen and his 13-person crew at his yacht yard worked on renovating SKY– outfitting the boat with a self-furling boom, enlarging the cockpit and making it possible for Helsen to sail single-handedly, should the need arise.

Because 100 percent of donations go to the LLS, Helsen said he needs sponsors to help offset the costs and supply parts and equipment.

When TACO Marine VP Mike Kushner got wind of Helsen’s fundraiser and SKY renovations, he arranged for the company to donate brand new Rigid Vinyl Rub Rail with a stainless-steel insert, LED lights, a custom-made helm chair and a pedestal for the boat.

TACO donated new LED Lights, which help illuminate SKY’s cockpit for enhanced safety at night.

“He’s one of these guys who’s very passionate and very active in the boating industry,” said Kushner, who first met Helsen more than 30 years ago. “Having done the TACO Marine Project Boat fundraiser myself, I have a better sense of appreciation for what he’s trying to do. It’s a really cool project.”

Another fan of Helsen’s fundraiser and someone with many friends and relatives diagnosed with Lymphoma is National Marine Manufacturers Association President Thom Dammrich, who’s known the sailor for several years because of his participation in the marine industry.

“I admire his adventurous spirit,” said Dammrich, who also has an endorsement published on Helsen’s website. “This is a life adventure and for a great cause. I wish them a safe voyage and return.”

With six months to go before he sets sail, Helsen said there’s still plenty to do on SKY to prep for departure, including installing new satellite equipment, rigging new electronics and conducting sea trials. He also hopes to recruit a few more sponsors to help fund the expenses while also raising awareness for the cause.

To donate to Helsen’s SV SKY 57 fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, visit svsky57.com and its donation page.

One hundred percent of every donation toward Helsen’s round-the-world fundraiser goes to the LLS, which is the largest nonprofit dedicated to curing blood cancers. Since 1949, LLS has donated more than $1.2 billion toward cancer research. The charity also provides patient support and has a grassroots network of more than 100,000 volunteers advocating at state and local levels for policy change and program funding.

In the coming months, we’ll be writing more about Helsen and following his journey around the globe. For more updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Relax Into Summer Savings with $100 Money Back from TACO Marine!

Get $100 back on a TACO Marine Leaning Post and backrest!

During the month of June, receive $100 back with the purchase either a Neptune Premium Leaning Post and Universal Backrest, a Neptune II Leaning Post and Universal Backrest or a Neptune III Leaning Post with a Backrest, Grab Rail and Aluminum Rod Holders.


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NEPTUNE PREMIUM LEANING POST & BACKREST

Ideal for boats up to 30-feet long, the Neptune Premium Leaning Postmaximizes space and storage. Easily store and transport fishing supplies using the removable fiberglass storage tray. Made from only the finest materials, including mildew-, fungus- and UV-resistant vinyl fabric.

Upgrade your Neptune Premium Leaning Post with our Universal Leaning Post Backrest. While this unit is designed to fit our Neptune Premium and Neptune II Leaning Posts, the adjustable arms make the unit adaptable to most standard leaning posts on the market.


NEPTUNE II LEANING POST & BACKREST

Perfect for smaller center console boats where space is at a premium, the Neptune II Leaning Post is ideal because of its storage features. In addition to offering enough under-seat storage for a 72-quart cooler, it includes a Tackle Storage Bag, which is a removable accessory to be used for island hopping or long excursions on the water.

Upgrade your Neptune II Leaning Post with our Universal Leaning Post Backrest. While this unit is designed to fit our Neptune Premium and Neptune II Leaning Posts, the adjustable arms make the unit adaptable to most standard leaning posts on the market.


NEPTUNE III LEANING POST WITH BACKREST, GRAB RAIL
& ALUMINUM ROD HOLDERS

Our Neptune III Leaning Post is designed for hard-core fishing enthusiasts needing additional features, such as the full backrest and rear-facing grab rail. The four rod holders are the perfect helm support for carrying multiple rods in center console boats under 25-feet long. It’s practical smooth upholstery design features an anodized aluminum frame, a folding footrest and a large under-seat storage space for coolers or tackle boxes.


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Thank You For Visiting TACO Marine at the REFIT Trade Show

Thank you for stopping by the TACO Marine booth at the REFIT International Exhibition & Conference Jan. 10 and 11.

Category Product Manager Jose Chao and Aftermarket & Export Sales Manager Phillip Taschioglou worked the TACO Marine booth at the REFIT International Exhibition & Conference Jan. 10 and 11, 2018.

REFIT brings together marine manufacturers, OEM boat builders, yacht owners, boat yards, captains and other key industry members. It is a great opportunity for networking and to obtain important information from within the marine industry.

The show also hosted special seminars created by a panel of yacht owners. Seminar topics included maritime security threats, a captain’s round table, ABYC and international standards and refit management.

From TACO Marine, we had the pleasure of showcasing our premium helm seating line, dockside accessories, LED lights, Rub Rail profiles and our Grand Slam 890 Universal Top Mount.

As the marine industry continues to evolve, TACO continues to innovate – developing a variety of high-performance marine products to carry our customers into the future.

For more information on all our TACO Marine products, visit tacomarine.com, call 1-800-653-8568 or send an e-mail to info@tacomarine.com.

Receive a $200 Rebate with TACO Marine® Helm Chair Purchase

Purchase a TACO Marine® Capri, Coastal or Captiva Helm Chair between Jan. 10 and Feb. 11, 2018 and you can receive a $200 rebate!

Find the complete rebate, terms and conditions and mail-in form here and at the bottom of this post.

In the video below, TACO Marine Aftermarket & Export Sales Manager Phillip Taschioglou explains the features and benefits of the Capri Helm Chair Deluxe.

Capri Premium Helm Chairs

Our Capri Helm Chairs come in three variations – the Standard, Deluxe and Bench Chair Deluxe.

The Standard Capri Helm Chair is available with and without armrests, with and without a fixed seat bottom and comes complete with plush foam padding and premium marine-grade vinyl fabric.

The Deluxe Capri Helm Chair, ideal for larger boats, is available with and without adjustable armrests and bolster. Its universal hole pattern fits most spider mounts, seat slides and pedestals, and features a durable fiberglass seat back.

The Deluxe Bench Capri Helm Chair, which includes all the amazing features of the Standard and Deluxe Helm Chairs, comes in either 36- or 40-inches wide.

All of our Capri Helm Chairs are available custom made in a variety of colors, including, but not limited to, light gray, vanilla, black and white.

Captiva Helm Chairs

The Captiva Helm Chair has a stylish inset design and comes standard with rollback bolster cushion, allowing the chair to be used in a leaning position or elevated docking visibility feature at the helm. The Captiva Helm Chair series is also available in comfortable 23-inch size, allowing multiple chairs side-by-side if needed.

Made in the USA, this helm chair is constructed with premium quality marine-grade vinyl treated with anti-microbial and UV stabilizers. The Captiva series features padded vinyl seat back panel, plush foam padding for durable support and marine-grade materials construction.

For boat builders, custom vinyl options are also available. These chairs are built to ABYC H31 standards for permanently installed seating systems in boats and carry the TACO Marine® industry leading three-year warranty.

Coastal Helm Chairs

The Coastal Helm Chair comes in Standard 19-inch or Deluxe 20-inch options and is ideal for smaller crafts up to 25-feet in length.

The Standard has a fixed seat bottom and is available with and without armrests. The Deluxe has an adjustable bolster and includes fixed armrests. Both versions have an universal hole pattern that fits most spider mounts, seat slides and pedestals on the market today.

For more information on all our TACO Marine Helm Chairs, visit tacomarine.com, fill out the contact form below or call 1-800-653-8568 today.