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war dog
03-19-2010, 01:46 PM
Stolen from lectronic Latitude.

With the first start of the Lightship race at 9:40 I am assuming there will be some good photo ops.



Plastiki Sets Sail Tomorrow Morning
March 19, 2010 – San Francisco Bay

Plastiki, the 60-ft catamaran made entirely out of recyclable and recycled materials, including 12,500 soda bottles, will be sailing out the Gate tomorrow morning around 9:30 a.m. — first planned stop: The Line Islands. The inspiration of environmentalist and adventurer David de Rothschild, the Plastiki project has also utilized the talents of many Bay Area marine professionals — from the boat's suit of Pineapple Sails to the Monitor Windvane attached to the aft bridgedeck to the army of artisans who lent a hand in the building of this unique vessel-with-a-mission.

The six-person crew are hoping a flotilla of Bay boats will send them off in style, so 'get out the boat' a little early tomorrow to wave farewell. But pack a lunch because, once you're out on the water, we're guessing you won't want to head back in.

Read more about the project and their mission on Plastiki's website and in the current issue of Latitude 38.

Caca Cabeza
03-19-2010, 02:57 PM
What's the over/under? 300 miles?

That's about a week's worth.

Photoboy
03-19-2010, 05:49 PM
We'll have a full report of their departure later in the weekend....

PD Staff
03-20-2010, 09:02 PM
Plastiki has left the barn...towed out in a strong ebb and calm seas and light air, Plastiki was last seen heading south off Ocean Beach ...a complete write up to follow!

Photoboy
03-21-2010, 02:42 PM
http://www.pressure-drop.us/forums/content.php?138-Plastiki-Sets-Sail

Some dork wrote an article, if you are bored, read it, if not theres plenty of NCAA B-ball to check out on the telly...

Go Bears!

war dog
03-22-2010, 11:03 AM
great write up!!

PD Staff
03-22-2010, 12:38 PM
http://www.theplastiki.com/trackplastiki/

The tracking for Plastiki can be found at the above linky

Caca Cabeza
03-22-2010, 05:33 PM
I might not get the over/under correct, but I seem to be spot on with their speed.

PD Staff
03-23-2010, 11:12 AM
morning morning 7 am watch, sun is up surrounded by some monster waves they keep you on your toes! feeling better this am :)
about 2 hours ago via The Remote

http://twitter.com/DRexplore

Plastiki taking a more rumbline route than advertised

http://www.theplastiki.com/trackplastiki/

Current latitude 34n long 125w 280 miles sailed and a 3.8 knot average

hobot
03-23-2010, 11:17 AM
How far before a SAR becomes unfeasible?

Caca Cabeza
03-23-2010, 12:38 PM
The helos are good for about 300 miles, but then the question becomes do plastic bottles reflect radar waves?

PD Staff
03-23-2010, 10:07 PM
PLASTIKI ADVENTURE BEGINS
March 22nd, 2010, posted in Crew, David de Rothschild, Events, Jo Royle, Plastiki, Uncategorized

Its been three days since the crew left San Francisco and the crew are busy finding their sea legs, unpacking and getting use to a tiring 3hours on, 3hours off, shift routine! But its not all work, Olav and Max have been doing some fishing and Vern had the first shark sighting whilst at the Plastiki helm. The first night provided some entertainment as a crab pot got entangled in the boat – so it was under the boat for David who had to free up the rudder.

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It was a slow start for the crew, with the boat relying mainly on the wind for power, which provided a mere starting speed of 1.6 knots. Not to fear though, she is now powering forward at 5 knots, with a 20 knot wind filling both her sails. You can track the progress here.

David has been busy entertaining himself during his 3 hour watch…


Skipper Jo Royle has been updating us on life on board:
” It is great to be sat on the nets, next to Max who is doing a fantastic job on the helm, looking at the waves feeding their way through the bottles. The odd wave comes onboard to say hi, thanks to our Gill clothes we are cosy, and dry inside. The leading lights of Orion are really helping us to keep a course, although the rouge waves are doing their best at pushing us around. The wind generators are in their element providing us with 8amps. Slowly becoming comfortable seeing the standing rigging bounce around. She loves bouncing over the waves. Ooo, another wave hits the cabin, Olav and Max must be soaked, better go and join them. Jx ”

PD Staff
03-25-2010, 01:46 PM
http://twitter.com/DRexplore

Apparently the crew has gotten over seasickness and de Rothschild has become quite the chatter box!



ummmm my bed was so so so warm! I cant seem to shake of my sleepy head! but hey ho back on watch!!
about 6 hours ago via The Remote 2:20 am pst,on deck with Dave T and Vern, drinking T and wishing for slightly stonger wind! Only doing 0.4 kt right now! wind dance anyone!?
about 10 hours ago via web had big bowl of rice and garden veg from our garden on the mizzen mast! Thanks Jo she played mum tonight! about to jump on the helm 4 my go!
about 16 hours ago via web just swapped over some water from our tanks into the galley, that water pump sure works you out!!!
about 20 hours ago via web we are rolling along making good speed and eating some pretty amazing fresh food thanks to all who gave us the food!
about 21 hours ago via The Remote just put a new bright fluro colored lure on for a spot of fishing, fingers x'ed may get the crew some dinner if I am lucky!
about 22 hours ago via web + seen some great sea birds come circle the boat and say hi! the endless horizon keeps on flowing :)
about 24 hours ago via web had great eggs and fresh rainbow chard from the garden, now washing up with a bucket of the side! we just popped up the spinnaker moving :)
about 24 hours ago via web message in a bottle reiter8: The Plastiki Adventure http://bit.ly/bb1OcA
10:55 AM Mar 24th via twitterfeed + sadly lots of trash been floating past! old fuel cans and plastic bags seem to be up there, they look like jellyfish! off to my bunk!
7:25 AM Mar 24th via web just finished night watch, was warmer so a little easier than before, the crew is all smiles some grumpy faces when woken for 1-4 shift! fun
7:23 AM Mar 24th via web


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3Kbu4ZVTzw

PD Staff
03-25-2010, 01:53 PM
http://www.theplastiki.com/2010/03/flying-by/




FLYING BY
March 24th, 2010, posted by Jo Royle

Tags: Jo Royle, Plastiki daily update, Waste

Can’t believe it is day 5 already, time has flown by in so many ways, yet on the other hand we are already in full swing of life aboard. Today we are playing sitting ducks a little, bobbing around in light winds traveling at 1.5 knots. The sea state is still a little confused, and this mixed with the light winds makes it tricky to stay on a down wind course. Vern is definitely the king of the helm, managing to stay exactly on course for one hour – he says it’s like giving a good massage, you gently work the waves, honing in on the pressure. Although it was fun to play in the Pacific’s big waves, this it is a nice rest bite.

Yesterday I took my first shower, in hind sight it was a little early, but realized this a little too late when my skin turned blue. Nice to have hair that blows in the wind again though:)

We have not seen one other vessel since out first night, really makes you realise that we are in such a huge expanse of ocean. However, the presence of humanity is still with us as yesterday alone we sailed by 2 jerry cans, 1 garden tray / 2 fishing buoys and a 1m x 1m white PVC tray thing. This is what we saw in our small track through the big seas, so sure there’s even more out there.

Olva has his saw out and is working on creating a ’secret’ out of the piece of 3ft x 3″ x 6″ he brought on board. He says that he will send you pictures so you can guest what he is making – crazy man. Max is on the helm, but has fishing lines out. David, Mr T and Vern are all cosied up in the fore peak catching up on their Z’ss. It is still a little tricky to get out of your bunk in the middle of the night after only a couple of hours sleep. At sea I always have the most vivid and real dreams, so you kind of want to stay in dream land. Thanks for following us, as soon as my eyes open I realize I have to jump out of bed and get caring for the Plastiki as you are all with us on this journey and that is such a drive for us all.

Still heading east which is a little frustrating, but better than siting in no wind later down the track. Watch change over at 22.00pst, the days have been really busy so ready for my three hour sleep now. The seas and wind have calmed a little now. The sea is still a little confused, but not dumping on our heads, so going to be nice to get into my sleeping bag dry.

Lots of happy chaps on board, a few rough tummies, and lots of interest in any weather charts containing sea and air temperatures.

Had a good spring clean after living in a topsy turvey world for the past couple of days. Olav and I were rewarding our selves with a coffee, just as we were commenting on how beautiful and clean our home was the coffee pot blew up….. aarrrrggghhh totally messy galley and no coffee – first major drama on board, but could be worse.

It’s incredible to be on the helm looking around at every join/aspect of the Plastiki and remembering all the conversations and shiny creative faces behind her creation.

love jx

PD Staff
03-25-2010, 01:58 PM
http://www.theplastiki.com/2010/03/bye-bye-wind/



BYE BYE WIND
March 25th, 2010, posted by Jo Royle


Tags: Jo Royle, Plastiki daily update

Wow, it is sleepy heads all round on the Plastiki tonight. At one point when we were turning around in circles due to lack of wind, we did consider dropping all the sails and going for a mammoth sleep. 3 hours at a time, really!? Whose idea was that? Hmm. By the time you change watch, do any moves that involve everyone one being on deck, make the on watch a cup of tea, check the navigation, get the million layers of clothes of, finally go for the pee you should have had three hours ago but was slow getting out of bed, then get into bed, you really only get max 2 and a half hours of sleep. OK stopping the whining, life out here is great really.

Tonight has been slow going, everyone has done a brilliant job of keeping their cool as helming the boat down wind in very light winds takes the patience of an angel. Yesterday afternoon we had the big downwind spinnaker up, wow, trucking along, such a pleasure to sail. No one could get Mr T off the helm, one happy chappy. Thanks IWC for this last minute addition, it might just mean Vern makes it for the birth of his first child!

We can see the sun rising behind us.

Tried to make you a film yesterday, as I wanted to show you the first harvest of the garden, didn’t quite work so will try again later today. We had greens fresh from the garden for dinner last night, yummy – thanks Inka, you guys rock.

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David tending to our fabulous vertical garden

Right, my damp sleeping bag is going to feel like Egyptian cotton on top of a memory foam mattress. night or morning jx
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hobot
03-25-2010, 02:07 PM
Am I the only one who's see's the irony of the boat ending up in a landfill someday?

EVK4
03-25-2010, 02:18 PM
I haven't followed this trip as closely as I should have. Anyone know where they are headed to save me the time reading blogs and press releases?

foreguy
03-25-2010, 02:49 PM
I haven't followed this trip as closely as I should have. Anyone know where they are headed to save me the time reading blogs and press releases?

A redemption center in Sydney. Big kegger party soon after. Pay attention

PD Staff
03-28-2010, 10:03 AM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/plastiki/4466251102/

Robin Williams visits Plastiki prior to departure

PD Staff
03-31-2010, 11:13 AM
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12 days, 950 Miles later....


http://twitter.com/plastiki

http://www.theplastiki.com/trackplastiki/

Angry Dolphin
04-01-2010, 10:42 PM
http://www.theplastiki.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Plastiki_GO_-488-221x300.jpg

hmmmm, what grows in yonder garden?

PD Staff
04-06-2010, 08:12 PM
http://www.theplastiki.com/trackplastiki/

18 days 1557 Miles traveled =86 nm per day = 3.6 knots average

pogen
04-06-2010, 11:02 PM
http://www.theplastiki.com/trackplastiki/

18 days 1557 Miles traveled =86 nm per day = 3.6 knots average

Pretty awful for a crewed, 60-ft cat, IMHO.

Dirty
04-07-2010, 07:52 AM
It must be dreadful. That's not much more than floating/drifting on the current.
The good news is, whether they make it or not, they are bringing attention to the Gyre and our plastic problem.
They just had a segment on Good Morning America.

pogen
04-07-2010, 10:33 AM
Well from that point of view the longer it takes them, the better. Unless they need to be rescued, or run out of water, or their water maker breaks.

Their track isn't really going near the North Pacific Gyre at all, but maybe the TV audience doesn't care.

PD Staff
04-12-2010, 10:59 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsxuWQKdU1Q


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK0QgSkHBKY

Took a while to get their videos up to youtube, but here's Day 4 on Plastiki

http://www.theplastiki.com/trackplastiki/

24 days in, 2096 miles traveled...That's a respectable 3.6 knots average.

PD Staff
04-22-2010, 08:50 AM
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http://www.theplastiki.com/

A quick Plastiki Update:

34 days in, 3146 miles traveled currently making 5. 2 knots

Average speed has been 3.6 knots, may set record for fastest Pacific crossing in a recycling craft!

Appear to be a couple days out from 1st stop at Line Islands

http://www.theplastiki.com/trackplastiki/


http://www.flickr.com/photos/plastiki/

Caca Cabeza
04-22-2010, 04:06 PM
Maybe they should sail on over to where the 1,000 day loon is and meditate.

Caca Cabeza
04-22-2010, 04:08 PM
Maybe they should sail over to where that 1,000 day loon is and meditate.

PD Staff
04-26-2010, 01:54 PM
http://twitter.com/plastiki

http://www.theplastiki.com/2010/04/david-answers-your-questions/

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Photoboy
04-29-2010, 05:14 PM
The Plastiki has reached its first stop off after 39 days at sea! Having travelled from San Francisco, covering 3600 nautical miles, the crew are overjoyed to reach dry land, not to mention excited for the chance to sleep in a real bed that doesn’t rock and roll all night!

The crew have landed on Christmas (or Kiritimati) Island, one of the the 33 low-lying atolls that make up the Republic of Kirimati which sits on the equator as a part of the Line Islands, roughly halfway between Hawaii and Australia. Kiritimati’s marine biodiversity is among the greatest in the world, including more than 150 species of corals and 550 species of fish. Something which the crew, especially Olav, the team’s resident diver, are looking forward to exploring.

The Island is one of the many oceanic territories facing the threats of climate change, in particular rising sea waters. Their President Anote Tong has been actively seeking commitments from developed countries to help accommodate the population if rising sea levels finally do make Kiribati uninhabitable.
The crew will spend up to 6 days on the island exploring the local communities and wildlife and making all important boat repairs, so keep tuned for lots of updates, including news of some crew changes. For now though, we think the crew will be revelling in some much earned rest – that is, once they’ve got their land legs back!


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Twitter report (http://www.theplastiki.com/2010/04/docking-in-the-line-islands/)

Plastiki! Plastiki! This is the Moa Moa,’ came Matt’s voice over the VHF. ‘We are on your port quarter. Over!’
The ocean is very big when trying to get two slow boats to rendezvous, especially one that likes to crab sideways as fast as moving forward.
The Moa Moa, a boat best described as a rusty gypsy-like trawler, complete with sun-blushed tarps draping from every corner, approached the Plastiki. 100 locals were on board to greet us, hilarious!

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We were all a little too gob-smacked to speak, instead we stood waving furiously with wide eyes. Now the Plastiki is safely moored off the entrance to the lagoon, waiting to clear customs and for the tide to rise before we enter.

So how do I feel, Max and Vern ask me? “Hot!” I say. We are now at 1 degree above the equator.

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We were all ready for a stop. Everyone on board has worked hard to keep the smiles in place over the last week. The six of us, who really didn’t know each other 2 months ago, have just spent 38 days living in roughly a 30 foot space. As expected, we have had no blow outs, but just think about spending 38 days with your family without leaving the house!

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We have completed nearly half of the distance as the crow flies to Sydney, we have sailed the longest, most remote leg of the journey. When we departed San Francisco the Plastiki really was an unknown, yet we have arrived in virtually as good a shape as we left. The Plastiki is in shape just to continue onto Sydney.
It has been wicked to share the journey so far with everyone, thank you for all the jokes and shiny messages.
I will write a more detailed update on how the Plastiki is when I have had a moment to reflect!

Love jojo

Oh, and a piece I wrote for CNN has been posted,

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/TECH/04/26/opinion.joroyle.plastiki/index.html

PD Staff
05-11-2010, 02:23 PM
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Adventure Ecology’s Plastiki Expedition begins her second leg across the Pacific Ocean
After spending 10 days on Christmas Island (Kiritimati Atoll) the Plastiki crew are making final preparations to set sail on Sunday for the next leg of their adventure across the Pacific to Australia.
Why? The Plastiki and her crew are on a mission to beat waste - 68% of the Plastiki’s buoyancy is provided by using approx 12,500 of the everyday, highly consumed plastic bottle, showcasing how waste, in particular single use plastic can be reused as a resource.

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It is estimated that between 60% and 80% of the marine pollution in the world is comprised of plastic materials. With the concentration increasing within the northern and southern Gyres to as much as 90 to 95% of the total amount.

According to Project Aware, 15 billion pounds of plastic are produced in the U.S. every year, and only 1 billion pounds are recycled.

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It is estimated that in excess of 38 billion plastic bottles and 25 million styrene foam cups end up in landfill and although plastic bottles are 100% recyclable, on average only 20% are actually recycled.
Aiming to be an off the grid vessel, the Plastiki uses many energy systems that are directly influenced by natural processes, including:
Twin wind turbines, a trailing sea turbine, a vertical hydroponic garden, a bicycle generator, a regenerative electrical system, solar panels, and a rain water catchment system.

As the Plastiki travelled from San Francisco to the Line Islands the weather offered little rain and so the crew relied upon the purified rainwater stored pre-departure in the twin hulls of the catamaran. Performing minor maintenance and rigorous checks on the vessel have taken place during their stay with re-stocking the Plastiki being an important task, with water used for washing, cooking and drinking high up on their list of priorities.

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David de Rothschild- Adventure Ecology’s founder and the Plastiki Expedition leader fills us in on how the crew sourced and re-filled the water tanks locally...

“Today (May 6th) is our water day; we plan on filling up the big bladder bags that sit in the Plastiki’s twin hulls which carry about a thousand litres of water. We made contact with a local supplier who had put aside some rainwater which he’s purified for us.
This time we’re going to take a little bit more water, the last leg went a little slower than anticipated so we were running slightly lighter on water towards the end, though we did have a nice downpour just before we reached Kiritimati Island which helped fill up the tanks. This leg we will probably take about 1,400 litres of water which is approximately 1.4 tonnes of water.

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We have to move the boat from her mooring to up alongside the dock and then gravity feeds the water off the back of the truck from some small containers into the big bladder bags of which there are four on each side. We leave on Sunday, the crew are excited to start the next leg.”

Finding new ways to source, store and use water responsibly is an important factor in reducing the plastic debris in our oceans. Global bottled water consumption reached 154 billion litres in 2004 and for every one litre bottle produced another 3 litres of water is used in the bottle’s manufacture. This alone shows that the world needs to be encouraged to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink.Making a difference doesn’t have to be difficult, one of Plastiki’s goals is to see a 75% or more reduction in the amount of human produced waste heading out to landfill and sea. We believe that with a small shift and some smart thinking everyone could reduce their use of new plastic bottles, plastic bags and styrene foam. It’s achievable if we work together on making small changes in our lives like the MyPlastiki pledge or remembering the 4R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink.To make your pledge for a plastic free ocean and more positive, ecological initiatives please log on to myplastiki.com

PD Staff
05-26-2010, 12:02 PM
Day 68 of Sailing, Plastiki has travelled 5,483 miles and has landed at Samoan port of Apia


The Samoan Islands are to be the next stop for the Plastiki’s crew of six. The islands are some 1,300km away from where the crew originally intended to stop, Fiji.

The Plastiki is a down-wind boat which can make future movements a little hard to predict, hence this last minute change in plans. She can also be tricky to manoeuvre as our Safety Manager, Josh Hall, explains:

“She is designed as a down-wind craft and, indeed, cannot sail very close to the wind as normal sailing craft can. The bottles which surround her two hulls also create a great deal of drag with the turbulence of the water that occurs around them, so her speeds are not high. Ideal conditions for The Plastiki are 20 knots winds from behind, as when the wind is lighter than 10 knots the drag from the bottles has more effect. Equally, the drag means that The Plastiki is a difficult boat to manoeuvre as she slows even more through a tack or gybe – in fact gybing (putting the stern of the boat through the eye of the wind) is the only effective way to put the wind in the other side of the sails when that is required.”

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PD Staff
05-26-2010, 12:14 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CA9g3fdqFU

Plastiki tour, nice explaination of vessel by David

PD Staff
06-14-2010, 10:18 PM
http://www.theplastiki.com/trackplastiki/

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After a couple weeks working on Plastiki's structure, reinforcing the joints, made from the material now called "Seretex", the crew of Plastiki had left for what will no doubt be the toughest leg, to Sydney. It's now winter in the southern hemisphere and there will be no getting around the storms between Samoa and OZ.

We have had a busy time carrying out a lot of work on the Plastiki’s structure and rig during our stay in Western Samoa, I now feel confident that we are setting sail with the Plastiki back to her original strength, if not stronger.

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"Three of the brackets that connect the deck beams to the hulls were buckled. These “boomerang” shaped brackets have actually been designed to act as non-rigid shock absorbers that allow the hulls some natural movement. You can see some bowing below – but, don’t worry, the bottles here haven’t fallen out of place, we just removed them to carry out the work."

As you might have already read, we discovered that a few of the joining elbows, which support the sub beams (the beams that support the cabin/deck) to the bulk heads (which can be thought of as the Plastiki’s vertebrae), had buckled out of place. This had been caused by the flex in the super structure holding the loads generated by the rig (our mast and sails), which had been exaggerated as the material softened in the intense tropical heat."


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"On the last leg from Christmas Island to Western Samoa we had noticed the increased movement in the super structure, and as a result we had organized to change most of the wire rigging to rope. The rope acts as a shock absorber to the loads generated as a result of fluctuating pressure through the sails and the motion of the waves. Reducing these point loads in turn reduces the pressure going through the beams."

"To fix the two buckled elbows and prevent further buckling we have added metal struts on top of the srPET elbows. This flattens out the elbows and allows them to flex in the way the boat is designed to, but without popping out of place."

"Being forced to carry out this work in the middle of the Pacific could have meant big delays in the expedition. However, I felt like we discovered a hidden treasure in making land fall in Apia, Western Samoa. Our angels were definitely looking out for us when the weather conditions meant it was sensible to stop in Western Samoa rather than Fiji to make our final crew change over, as there were so many great people willing to help!"

June 14, 2010: The Plastiki and her crew, led by expedition leader David de Rothschild have departed Western Samoa having made final preparations and re-adjustments to this unique vessel for the concluding sections of the expedition which are set to be the most challenging of the entire voyage. Since departing from San Francisco in March the crew have sailed over 5,500 nautical miles and witnessed first-hand the fragility of our Oceans. David de Rothschild recalls,

“When we look underneath the boat, the hull is covered in a fine, extra layer of plastic and as you run your hand across your face you see countless molecular size plastic fragments, known as mermaid’s tears. It is tragic. From above, the oceans still looks beautiful and untouched but just below the surface is this toxic stew that could quickly end up on our dinner plates. The issue is far more ominous than people imagine, as these commonly known ‘garbage patches’ are not just floating islands of trash but a swirling poisonous soup. The problem is subsurface – tiny pieces of material in the process of breaking down and floating in the top layer of the ocean where most species live, feed and breed.”

The Plastiki is no ordinary vessel. It has been engineered almost entirely from approx. 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles and Seretex a self-reinforced PET, a uniquely recyclable and relatively unexplored material. One which has never been used to make anything like a boat before, and, although we’ve experienced moderate winds, the effect of over 5,500 nautical miles of movement upon a largely experimental vessel in equatorial heat has taken its toll on the structure of the Plastiki. This makes minor structural re-enforcements necessary as, when the Plastiki leaves Western Samoa this weekend, bound for Australia, she will be heading into an ocean area that is far more dynamic in terms of weather systems. The crew and the technical team behind the project have taken every precaution and have every confidence that Plastiki will rise to the challenge of the final stage of her remarkable voyage and after a highly productive stop in Western Samoa the sea is calling once again.

For the final leg the Plastiki crew will once again be joined by former crew members Vern Moen (Myoo Media) and Max Jourdan (National Geographic Filmmaker) whilst they say a fond farewell to Luca Babini and Singeli Agnew and introduce Matthew Grey, the expedition’s project director.

PD Staff
06-29-2010, 01:39 PM
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It has been a wild and wet 24 hours; we have been riding some big waves. Really fun, it is a little like being back in the North Atlantic, yet the waves feel kinder as they are much warmer. We have been making way under the stay sail for over 24 hours. The wind has now freed us a little, making an easier course to steer as the waves are not throwing us up into the wind, which then means you have to spend several minutes rowing to get her back on track again.

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I love being back in some more interesting weather, and being a complete whitey it is great to have some respite from the sun. The trade off is wet pants all the time as my waterproof bottoms are leaking – definitely feeling the effects of lots of sitting on my bum on damp, hard, salty surfaces over the past 3 months.

Last night, we had the odd wall of water head towards us; one really knocked me sideways as I was on the helm. At one stage in the night Mat and I went to do a little re-enforcing on the bottles at the windward bow, Vern was on the helm; he said that he lost sight of us for a few seconds as we were immersed in water. Vern tried to catch some of the waves on film, so we shall see what comes out.

The Plastiki is holding up really well, she loves playing in this weather as much as we do.


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Oh and everyone is clipped on all the time, so don’t worry!

We are sailing the rhum line towards the Cannal De Havannah, which is the in-shore channel through the reef that takes us into Noumea. The wind and sea will calm right down this afternoon. Then we will change back to our cruising head sail.

Happy days Jo x

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PD Staff
07-19-2010, 02:18 PM
DATE: 19 july, 2010

The Plastiki TO CALL IN AT Mooloolaba enroute to sydney

The Plastiki has safely made Australian waters after HER historic 7,500 nautical mile voyage to beat waste. Contrary to inaccurate media reports the Plastiki is not being rescued and has at no point during her entire 7500 nautical miles at sea ever been in any form of distress. As such the crew is still on schedule to reach their final destination of Sydney by the end of July after a successful expedition.

The Plastiki’s original plan was to sail into Coffs Harbour and rendezvous with a pre-arranged charter escort vessel. Due to the unpredictable nature of the Plastiki’s sailing capabilities and the prevailing weather conditions, the crew determined that it would be wise to seek an escort vessel sooner than later so as to avoid being sent any further north of their intended staging destination of Coffs Harbor.

After reviewing multiple options to find a suitable escort the Plastiki crew took the advice of the Queensland Water Police and identified the AVCG as a suitable escort vessel.The 13 metre AVCG vessel, ‘The Mooloolaba Rescue’ rendezvoused with the Plastiki on Sunday afternoon and is now enroute to Mooloolaba. The Plastiki team has always viewed this as a straight forward charter situation, as has been previously required on all of the Plastiki’s calls into port.

The Plastiki will be paying all costs incurred and in addition, will be making a donation to the AVCG not only in recognition of the good work that the AVCG provides along the Australian coast but in recognition of the AVCG’s generous support of the Plastiki expedition .“We are thrilled by all the support that we’ve received from the local authorities as we were finding it hard to track down a suitable vessel to help us reach our pre-planned destination of Coffs Harbour. This has never been a rescue mission.

Since successfully sailing into Australian waters on Saturday 17th July the crew has been in high spirits and is looking forward sharing its adventure and message of beating waste with the Australian public. To date we have made a number of routine and unplanned stops during the voyage and this tow and stop will be no different to those previously. Any exciting ocean adventure is always going to have to deal with many unknowns. I am confident that we should still be on course to arrive in Sydney for next weekend’s arrival celebrations,” David de Rothschild, expedition leader said. “We are grateful to the AVCG and its capable volunteers for providing assistance.

It has always been the intention of the crew to seek an escort vessel once it neared the Australian Coast and given the forecasted weather conditions we felt it prudent to seek a tow at this time to help ensure a timely arrival,” David de Rothschild continued. The Plastiki and her crew will be moored up in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, Australian National Maritime Museum from next weekend. www.theplastiki.com Plastiki spokesperson, Kim Mckay AO, will be available shore side at the Mooloolaba dock from 4pm to answer any questions.
Kim Mckay AO, Momentum 2 – 0418 440 626

Buzz Light Beer
07-20-2010, 01:08 PM
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PD Staff
07-27-2010, 02:56 PM
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After sailing more than 8,000 nautical miles and spending 128 days crossing the Pacific, the world’s largest ocean, in a boat made of 12,500 plastic PET bottles, the Plastiki expedition and her crew have safely and successfully reached their planned destination of Sydney to cheers of welcome and support.





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Arriving at Sydney Heads at 11.10am local time with a 12knot south south easterly breeze, the Plastiki triumphantly sailed into Sydney Harbour to cheers of welcome and support from a small spectator flotilla.. The historic expedition was completed in four legs : San Francisco – Kiribati - Western Samoa - New Caledonia before reaching the Australian Coast (Mooloolaba) on Monday 19 July and continuing on to Sydney.“It’s an incredible feeling to finally arrive in Sydney. We had great faith in the design and construction of Plastiki and while many people doubted we’d make it, we have proved that a boat made from plastic bottles can stand up to the harsh conditions of the Pacific.” expedition leader, David de Rothschild said.

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De Rothschild, 31 from the United Kingdom, paid tribute to his fellow adventurers, Jo Royle (Skipper), David Thomson (Co-Skipper), Graham Hill (Founder of Treehugger.com), Olav Heyerdahl, Matthew Grey, Luca Babini (Photographer), Vern Moen (Myoo Media Film maker), Max Jourdan and Singeli Agnew (National Geographic Film makers) for their skill and commitment during the voyage.

“Jo and the rest of the crew did a remarkable job sailing the Plastiki safely across the Pacific and it is due to their collective efforts that we’ve been able to raise global awareness of the issue of plastic waste in the world’s oceans. If there’s waste, it’s badly designed in the first place, and we need to start taking a serious look at the way we produce and design every product we use in our lives,” De Rothschild said.The Plastiki was officially welcomed by Sydney’s Deputy Lord Mayor, Phillip Black and the US Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich when she docked at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour. Plastiki will be on public display for the next month at the ANMM.Over four months ago on March 20, 2010, under the watchful eye of a global audience, an inspiring yet experimental and innovative one-of-a-kind catamaran set sail under the shadow of San Francisco’s world famous Golden Gate Bridge. Carrying a crew of six intrepid explorers, the Plastiki set out on an epic and demanding mission described by the San Francisco chronicle as the “adventure of the century”.


More details:
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Big Brass Balls
07-30-2010, 10:50 AM
Now that the excitement is over, who's gonna break the news to them?

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