Plastiki Ship Makes its Way Across the Pacific


Images from Plastiki

Last month, on March 20, 2010, the Plastiki set sail with its skipper Adventure Ecology founder and environmentalist David de Rothschild and his intrepid crew of five. They are sailing across the Pacific Ocean to Australia on board a 60 ft. catamaran made from 12,500 plastic bottles to draw awareness to plastic waste worldwide.

They are 17 days into their adventure now and are Tweeting back regularly and have an interactive web-site going.
Image from MoreMarin.co

According to reports, the crew is settling in. There were huge waves the first night and then little wind the first week. They haven't seen another vessel in sight since their
first night but have noticed lots of debris in the ocean. On one day alone they sailed past two jerry cans, one garden tray, two fishing buoys and a large white PVC tray.

The weather continues to be unpredictable, and last Wednesday the winds were very light resulting in the Plastiki bobbing along at only 1.5 knots which was then contrasted by stronger winds last Thursday when they were able to raise the large spinnaker and reach 6.0 knots.


Images from Plastiki

They put out two fishing lines every morning, in the hopes of catching fresh fish to eat daily. As of day 11 they had caught nothing, causing David de Rothschild to wonder "Is it the wrong time of year? Or maybe it really is something more sinister, something by now we have all possibly read or heard something about but maybe haven't still quite registered - Yup! Our oceans are in an almost near complete peril."

They have a floating, high-rise garden on board, planted and hanging from one of the masts. It has kale, mustard greens and swiss chard and is watered sparingly through an irrigation system. This will give them fresh greens, hopefully, for the voyage.

So far it has been sunny skies and smooth sailing for the boat which is now en route to Fanning Atoll near the Hawaiian islands. Powered by solar panels and windmills, the boat was 1352 nautical miles into its 11,000-mile voyage by 5 p.m. Sunday, according to its web site. You can track its progress here.

Tags: Ecology | Plastics | Recycling | Solar Gadgets

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