Transpacific Expedition

Our team completed the first ever continent to continent marine debris survey leaving Sausolito, California for Yokohama, Japan on April 26th 2014, using a high speed trawl net to generate a data set to add to the global understanding of how much marine debris is on the ocean’s surface and to discover how ocean plastics threaten marine life and human health.This project was run in collaboration with our Save or Seas Foundation and with counsel from our partner 5 Gyres. Samples will also be analyzed for persistent organic pollutants (POP) such as PCB’s and pesticides through University of Tokyo’s International Pellet Watch Program. Samples will also be processed at Baltimore Underground Science Space. Water samples will be provided to Marine Environmental Research Institute through the Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation Program.

We sailed nearly 7,000nm on Sakura a W.D. Schock Harbor 29. The Harbor 29 is the latest design by WD Schock. The boat is in many ways an extended version of the classic Harbor 25. By working with WD Schock we were able to complete the longest marine plastics survey in history. Sakura departed after the The Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show in Oakland, California.

Anne Arundel County, Maryland STEM middle students interacted with our team as they crossed the ocean by creating a co-written BLOG. The task was to inform others about problems with plastics in the oceans and possible solutions.

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Pacific Expedition

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  • Expedition Trans-Pacific

    April 14, 2014 I’m certainly not the first person in history to be scrambling around like...

  • Delays and Headwinds

    April 28, 2014 (Day 2) Sometimes it feels like you’ll never leave the dock. Every day...

  • Into the Gyre

    May 3, 2014 (Day 8) This is the first time in history that any organization has...

  • Trade winds

    May 11, 2014 (Day 15) The trade winds can either be a blessing or a curse....

  • Not so Hawaiian Islands

    May 16, 2014 (Day 21) One of the questions I heard most often was, are you...

  • Nearly Halfway to Japan

    May 23, 2014 (Day 28) Our earth’s oceans are dominated by various trade winds, horse latitudes...

  • Where west meets east

    June 1, 2014 (Day 35) Today we pass from the western hemisphere into the eastern hemisphere,...

  • Life at sea

    June 6, 2014 (Day 42) The luxuries of civilization only satisfy those wants which they themselves...

  • Sharks and Jerry Rigs

    June 14, 2014 (Day 49) I’ve had a busy week. The day after we sailed passed...

  • Sometimes West, North

    June 21, 2014 (Day 56) Westerly winds dominate the region we have sailed into. It seems...

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