Setting Sail – Project Kaisei

6 09 2012

STS Kaisei

I am heading back to Canada this weekend to meet up with the STS Kaisei (meaning Ocean Planet in Japanese). A 150ft square rigged brigantine sailboat owned by Ocean Voyages of Sausalito, CA. The boat is currently operated by the non-profit organization Project Kaisei. Their mission is to; “increase awareness of the scale of marine debris, its impact on our environment, and the solutions for both prevention and clean-up.” They have made several trips to the Pacific gyre and have been on  their mission since 2008. The upcoming expedition is going to focus on the tsunami debris that has been washing ashore the West coast of the US for several months now. We will be sailing about 200 to 300 miles offshore in an effort to take water samples and conduct research on the effects the debris is having on the ocean environment. I will be working as a deck hand, climbing the rig and setting sails (all the sails are set by hand on this boat!). Our port of call is going to be San Francisco and if everything goes according to plan I should be there in a couple weeks. I am looking forward to building some more sailing experience and working towards cleaning up our oceans, it ought to be quite the adventure!

Sailing under the Golden Gate bridge

 

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2 responses

7 09 2012
thuytrang

your mission is very great!!!

7 09 2012
Anonymous

have a great trip and so glad to have had your help while the ship was being worked on do check in on Johnny Hicks on pier 27 when you get to San Fransisco. Love always-deezel

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