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FAREWELL PLASTIKI! « The Plastiki Expedition - http://ccc-share.posterous.com/farewel...
via theplastiki.com Plastiki will depart tomorrow on their epic journey to raise awareness about plastic in the oceans, the voyage which ends in Sydney Australia is expected to last over 100 days and cover 10,000 mile. Plastiki is a sailboat that is built using 12,000 plastic bottles. They will be departing at 9:20 am PST from 420 West Harbor Drive, Sausalito, CA, 94965. Fair winds and following seas!! Permalink | Leave a comment  »
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Tahina Expedition Entering New Phase - http://www.tahinaexpedition.com/2010...
llz=10.4233,-75.5513 We started our expedition formally when we departed the US shores of North Carolina on November 14, 2009. Our first goal was to make it to the Caribbean island of St. Martin and begin adjusting to our new way of life as we re-visited many islands we had first seen in 2003 up until Grenada. We also needed to learn how to use new tools we brought with us like the VideoRay ROV for underwater video, 360 Panoramas, and our kite aerial photography equipment. We began visiting new islands with the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao), and then continued west to Cartagena. By the end of this month, we hope to be entering a whole new part of the world to us. We will be transiting the Panama Canal and sail in the Pacific Ocean for the first time. Our first major destination will be the Galapagos Islands. After viewing (and sharing) the amazing variety of life that live on and around those mystical islands, we will depart for the longest single passage in our near-term...
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Looking for Crew on Tahina - http://www.tahinaexpedition.com/2010...
llz=10.40922,-75.5417 We have some long passages coming on Tahina, and would like to have some additional crew to help us with the sailing. The need for a constant watch 24-hours-a-day is more challenging with only two people on board. When we left North Carolina in November, we had our friend Wilson join us for the 7 day passage to St. Martin. We have two long passages to consider: The passage from Panama to the Galapagos Islands - an approximately 7-10 day passage. This passage can have variable winds (mostly light, but also in direction). We would be leaving near the beginning of April for the Galapagos. From the Galapagos to the French Marquesas - a two to three week passage. Two boats identical to ours completed this passage in 15 days in 2008. This passage can have some variable conditions at the beginning, but is typically a nice downwind (with following seas) ride for most of the days during the time of year we are going. We would be leaving the Galapogos about 10-14 days...
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BMW Oracle Win America's Cup - http://ccc-share.posterous.com/bmw-ora...
BMW Oracle Win America's Cup
BMW Oracle Win America's Cup
BMW Oracle Win America's Cup
View in YouTube It is about time the battle was brought out of the courts and onto the water. These awesome machines were finally able to spread their wings, and proved they can sail up to three times faster than the wind. The wing sail of BMW Oracle (the trimaran) is the largest wing in the world and it's advantage proved unbeatable as they won the 33rd Americas cup race 2-0. These boats are awesome to watch, I'm still looking to more footage. Check out the latest news. The first race is viewable here: View in YouTube Permalink | Leave a comment  »
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Google's Liquid Galaxy.. Awesome - http://ccc-share.posterous.com/googles...
Google's Liquid Galaxy.. Awesome
View in YouTube Check out this video.. based on what is coming in Google maps labs this view will only get better. I wonder if I'll be able to add our sailing route KML file so people could follow our trip with this tool. Permalink | Leave a comment  »
View in YouTube Check out this video.. based on what is coming in Google maps labs this view will only get better. I wonder if I'll be able to add our sailing route KML file so people could follow our trip with this tool. Permalink | Leave a comment  »
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The Cruising Community: It's a VERY Small World - http://ccc-share.posterous.com/the-cru...
The Cruising Community: It's a VERY Small World
The Cruising Community: It's a VERY Small World
via picasaweb.google.com In case you haven't noticed, I'm living vicariously through other cruiser's blogs. Through our blog and creative cruising we've met many new cruisers, one of them though the Google Earth blog I happen to follow (Frank created it). Frank and Karen Taylor are starting out on their five year circumnavigation and are fully loaded with all sorts of cool gear and partners that they are using to document their trip (I'm VERY jealous). We also follow our old buddies who are still out there (most aren't). We first met our friends on Ascension in Mexico back in early 2004. We spent the first season in the Pacific together, met a couple of times during our second season and then again in Thailand as we headed across the Indian Ocean and up the Red Sea together. They just finished crossing the Atlantic and are now heading towards the canal and up the West Coast towards home. I've been tracking Tahina and realized they might be in the same neck of the woods as Ascension so...
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1000 Days at Sea Non-Stop - http://ccc-share.posterous.com/1000-da...
1000 Days at Sea Non-Stop
1000 Days at Sea Non-Stop
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via 1000days.net I actually remember reading about this a while back.. a long while. Reid Stowe just completed his 1000th day at sea, that's right 1000. Reid left New York back in April 21st, 2007 with his companion Soanya Ahmad and hasn't stopped to resupply or touch land. Their goal was to prove that humans to survive in a high-impact, isolated environment while extending the limits of human endurance. It was also dubbed the Mars Ocean Odyssey as it is expected that a trip to Mars would take over 1000 days. The Schooner Anne is a 70 foot gaff-rigged designed and built by Reid and his family. Our longest passage was 24 days and THAT is hard to explain to other people, 1000 is beyond description, and I thought KT over-provisioned. Their trip hasn't been without incident. Soyna left the voyage on day 305 off the coast of Australia after suffering from extreme sea sickness. Turns out they must have been a little bored, Soyna was pregnant and Reid has continued alone for almost 700 days....
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sobriyah: Lobster Fest - http://www.sailblogs.com/member...
sobriyah: Lobster Fest
llz=17.6483,-61.8583 Believe me, they tasted every bit as good as they looked.
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Cruising Means Repairing Your Boat in Exotic Places - http://www.tahinaexpedition.com/2010...
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Jessica Rounds Cape Horn! - http://ccc-share.posterous.com/jessica...
Jessica Rounds Cape Horn!
via youngestround.blogspot.com Jessica conquered sailing's Mount Everest when she rounded Cape Horn in her bid to become the youngest round the world sailor (unaided non-stop). She has covered 9,800 nM in 88 days and is now approaching the halfway point. BlurbBits for this Entry w/Location Although she was becalmed on her approach to the horn, the weather piped up Jessica was forced to earn her stripes. Here's one of the photos showing 40 knots during her rounding from her latest post Her parents were expecting to fly over as she rounded but I haven't seen any photos (yet). Update: Check out this article which includes video of the emotional flyover. View the latest news or our original post for more details. Permalink | Leave a comment  »
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Have any spare money lying around? - http://ccc-share.posterous.com/have-an...
Have any spare money lying around?
via jameslist.com The Royal Huisman Meteor is for sale at a cool 46 Million. The schooner combines traditional lines with modern carbon fiber masts. Check out the photos on Jameslist (basically Craigslist for rich people). You can see more photos on Meteor's website, it's stunning. I wonder if the crew of TEN comes with the boat. You can also see it in person . If you buy it I get to go along for the sea trial. Permalink | Leave a comment  »
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The Adventures of SV Mulan: You know you’ve been in one spot too long when… - http://www.sailblogs.com/member...
The Adventures of SV Mulan: You know you’ve been in one spot too long when…
llz=19.1907,-104.6733 ... the inflatable kayaks have barnacles on them.
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Disabled sailor Holt's 'impossible dream' realised - http://ccc-share.posterous.com/disable...
Disabled sailor Holt's 'impossible dream' realised
via news.bbc.co.uk It was a rough 2700nm trip.. they diverted once to unclog fuel filters (Cape Verde ) and again near Antigua and Barbuda for an emergency fuel after the generator failed. The boat depends entirely on electricity to run its complex electronic and hydraulic systems that enable Geoff (a quadriplegic) to sail the boat. The backup electrical supply was the alternator on the starboard engine which used 5 times the fuel. I really liked his spirit as he approached the same bay where his accident occurred 25 years ago. "I want my arrival to be a celebration of the past 25 years not, as someone asked recently, 'will it give you closure?' What? Closure? That infers I somehow regret or lament the past 25 years. Absolutely not. Were it not for the accident, I would not have met Elaine, had Timothy or had such a wonderful life so, closure? No. Celebration? Yes. And any tears will be tears of joy not tears of regret or sadness. "Life is too short to worry about what 'might have...
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Japanese sailors accused of ramming anti-whaling vessel - http://ccc-share.posterous.com/japanes...
Japanese sailors accused of ramming anti-whaling vessel
via news.com.au Who rammed who? Ok this is insane.. you don't mess around at sea especially when you are 1,300 nM south of Tasmania. I've looked at a couple of the videos and I have to disagree with the captain of the Bob Barker (another anti-whaler). I'd say the Ady Gil was idling (not in neutral) and then accelerated into the ship but was certainly NOT in reverse like the captain stated. Basically the anti whalers were antagonizing the whaling "research" vessel. Typically they throw stuff on deck, use lasers to blind the helm, and try to wrap lines/chains around their propellers. Obviously the vessel under attack will defend themselves with water cannons and evasive/defensive maneuvers. FYI, Wrapping a propeller can disable a large ship or rip it from the ship causing it to sink. This is battle isn't going to be won at sea and certainly not using these techniques. What are they doing using a 2 million dollar carbon fiber protest vessel? I am totally against whaling but these...
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Kayak vs Australia .. Completed in 332 days!! - http://ccc-share.posterous.com/kayak-v...
Kayak vs Australia .. Completed in 332 days!!
via qajaqunderground.com She did it.. Freya completed her circumnavigation of Australia by kayak in 332 days (245 paddling days). The total distance was approximately 9,000 miles, that's a lot of paddling. (see our original post). Freya crossed the start/finish line yesterday at noon. If anyone wants to try it, Freya says she'll be at the finish line waiting for you!! Permalink | Leave a comment  »
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Finish at Queenscliff – now more pictures uploaded! - http://qajaqunderground.com/2009...
DONE! Thanks to all people helping me along and welcoming me so nicely! A special thanks to the VSKC! It was an overwhelming reception! I promise, if anyone will paddle around Australia within the next 27 years, I'll be at the finish line!   More pictures: (most pictures by Philip Dyer)    some fellow paddlers with flares and the local ...
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Leaving Today! Geoff Holt: Atlantic Crossing by Quadriplegic Sailor - http://ccc-share.posterous.com/leaving...
Leaving Today! Geoff Holt: Atlantic Crossing by Quadriplegic Sailor
via geoffholt.com Geoff will attempt to become the first quadriplegic sailor to make an Atlantic crossing . He will be returning to the location of his life changing accident which left him paralysed from the chest down in 1984. Diving into shallow water broke his neck causing a complete spinal cord injury and he has used a wheelchair ever since. The boat is purpose built for the occasion and Geoff has plenty of experience, he has already sailed solo around Britain in his "personal Everest". We wish Geoff well.. fair winds and following seas. Permalink | Leave a comment  »
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Surfs Up Video: Biggest Wave in Years hit Hawaii - http://ccc-share.posterous.com/surfs-u...
Surfs Up Video: Biggest Wave in Years hit Hawaii
Watch On YouTube via youtube.com Big wave riders at Jaws in Maui (map) were treated to waves reaching the 50-foot mark, mastered only by tow-in surfing using jet-powered craft designed to get the surfer in and out of the "crash zone" as quick as possible. Each year Billabong sponsors the XXL Global Big Wave Awards, which honor the biggest and best rides of each year based on the photographic evidence. This storm is expected to figure strongly in this years awards. How would feel getting towed into those monsters? Permalink | Leave a comment  »
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NatGeo Adventure Magazine shuts downs regular print edition - http://ccc-share.posterous.com/natgeo-...
Good-Bye For Now When we launched this magazine ten years ago, we hoped it would find a community of people who cared about the subject matter as much as we did. It was heady stuff, really, the chance to tell stories about something that inspires us all: exploring the world, challenging our assumptions, making a difference. For those of us at the magazine, they're the things that make life worth living. via ngadventure.typepad.com I've always loved this magazine. It taught me to dream and inspired me to step out of the "comfort zone" of traditional society. It looks like they will be focusing on special editions, books and web based content. Hopefully they'll be back soon.. I need my vicarious adventure fix!! Permalink | Leave a comment  »
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National Geographic Adventure Magazine Ceases Operations Immediately. - http://www.wendmag.com/blog...
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Somali sea gangs lure investors at pirate lair | Reuters - http://ccc-share.posterous.com/somali-...
HARADHEERE, Somalia (Reuters) - In Somalia's main pirate lair of Haradheere, the sea gangs have set up a cooperative to fund their hijackings offshore, a sort of stock exchange meets criminal syndicate. Heavily armed pirates from the lawless Horn of Africa nation have terrorized shipping lanes in the Indian Ocean and strategic Gulf of Aden, which links Europe to Asia through the Red Sea. via reuters.com A little behind the scenes look at the pirate "stock exchange". "The shares are open to all and everybody can take part, whether personally at sea or on land by providing cash, weapons or useful materials ... we've made piracy a community activity." It's sad that there is no stable Government and lawlessness prevails. I'm not sure that a government based public infrastructure will be able to compete with the pure profits of piracy. Yikes.. it's only going to get worse over time!! Permalink | Leave a comment  »
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Amazing underwater footage: Bait Ball Feast - http://ccc-share.posterous.com/amazing...
Amazing underwater footage: Bait Ball Feast
Amazing underwater footage: Bait Ball Feast
I ran across this video the other day and was totally blown away. They basically put you in a front row seat to one of Nature's Great Events and the videographer really had to get right in the thick on things (including the surprise at the end). Wow!!  So I had to do a little research and find out more about the person who films these videos..Well one of them is Didier and here is a video about him. I would say this falls more in our adventure category. You can check out more on the BBC - Nature's Great Events. You can also checkout their video playlist on YouTube. Enjoy.. and sorry for all of our choppy lame footage I put up a little while back, I think I'll go put our camera gear away in the attic.  Permalink | Leave a comment  »
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