|From Ocean Navigator #135 |
Despite having lost weight and strength from a prolonged hunger strike in prison, Bondarenko celebrated with his wife, Marina Ordynskaia, and friends at the Seamen’s Church Institute in Newport following his release. The family wasted no time; they quickly had their their 27-foot sloop hauled out, placing it on a truck, and with their two children, boarded a train for Florida, where they prepared the boat for sea.
“We are so happy to have this behind us,” Ordynskaia said in an interview from Stewart, Fla., on Nov. 12. “We will sail from here to the Bahamas in a few days – we have to leave this week – as soon as the weather clears.”
The Russian family plans to sail through the Canal and continue across the Pacific, Ordynskaia said.