Yeti Presents:  Kekoa

Yeti Presents: Kekoa

Good Morning and Happy Fri-YAY!  I wanted to share with you today a video that was released last month that portrays a beautiful story about two hard-working guys and the boat they have built…Not once, not twice but three times!

Most of you who have spent time in Cruz Bay are familiar with the iconic black sail boat and the startling sounds of its cannon.  What you might not know is the story behind this vessel and its builders, the brothers Witbeck.

The Kekoa made her THIRD maiden voyage in 2019 after being wrecked by the winds of Hurricane Irma.  Many people on island recognize the day her canons first sounded in the harbor again.  It seemed like yet another piece of normalcy from the times before Irma that was forgotten.  In the sound of that cannon was a sense of nostalgia.  And a sense of hope.

This video, produced by Yeti, tells the story of Jamison and Ryan, the community that supported them and the incredible boat that wouldn’t sink.

11 thoughts on “Yeti Presents: Kekoa”

  1. What a Fantastic Journey the Brothers have been on .
    Their Resilience is remarkable !!
    Definitely planning a trip on Keeko this year when we return to St. John for 11th Winter.!!
    Good Jamison & Ryan !!
    Connie & Bill

  2. Kekoa’s message is a gift for our challenging times. A reminder that resurrection is real, resilience is right below the surface of despair, and optimism gets the job done. Thanks for this beautiful good news story.

  3. Outstanding story of perseverance…hard work and spirit! These brothers have it along with the faith of the wonderful people that live on the Island of St. John.

  4. Thank you for posting the film. Our family has sailed with the Kekoa family many times, most recently this February just before Covid. We pray that we will be able to return in 2021 and trust you are all ok. This film touched my heart as has Kekoa and its creators and crew.

  5. that’s a fantastic film. I hope it is entered into some filmfests or competitions it is so well done. I love stories of people doing things for love and not for money. A lot of layers to this film.

  6. Great film!! Can’t wait to be back on the Kekoa! I was lucky enough to be on their maiden voyage (first full day sail) in April 2019.. BEST DAY!!

  7. Great film. It really does have film fest awards written all over it. Congratulations to the whole family! Mom and Dad for raising two amazing sons. Two men who have the strength and courage of 1000 men. And the love and support of the people of St. John. Congratulations to the whole Kekoa family!

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