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Anarchist and cutie Sunny Chamblee files this report on Ocean Watch’s arrival in San Diego yesterday.. If you’re like me, your sailing life is surrounded by preparing and racing regattas every weekend and the parties and friends around these events. Sailing and racing starts and stops outside our favorite Yacht Club and your favorite drink.  Tonight I was humbled.  For me sometimes, I forget to think about this vast ocean we play in and the effect that we have on it.  The crew of Ocean Watch reminds us of our impact through their program Around the Americas.  I had the chance this evening to be a guest at the Ocean Watch’s award ceremony at the Maritime Museum in San Diego. “Ocean Watch” a 64 foot, 44 ton steel plate, double-headsail cutter rig; part boat part marine-science research platform part live-aboard cruising boat. Ocean Watch is visiting San Diego this week. I had the pleasure of meeting the gentleman who run the vessel and the Organizations behind the program.  The evening began with David Rockefeller Jr, President and Dan Pingaro, CEO, Sailors for the Sea.  Follow by Mark Schrader Captain of Ocean Watch. Finished with a beautiful glass Chihuly as the evening’s award.

A Couple of things of Interest, I learned tonight:

  1. Who knew David Rockefeller Jr was such a sailor. David escorted the crew of Ocean Watch around Cape Horn, the day before their crossing 100+ knot head winds around the horn (of course the crewed waited). The Day of their crossing 20 knot winds behind them, naturally spinnaker up.  I sure would love to see those pics! : )
  2. The crew of Ocean Watch, strategically place glass floats created by Dale Chihuly at the furthest Northern spot on the Voyage and furthest Southern Spot along with Western and Eastern Spots. If you’re lucky enough to find one these globes, #1 there in high value, # 2 please return to Ocean Watch for research and it sounds like their providing prizes.
  3. For the Crew, 2 most astounding thing to witness through their voyage. The Northwest passage, which is typically impassable however now more then ever its become easier for boats to cross through.  Followed by the plastic pile one off of Peru.
  4. Our Oceans absorbs most of our Carbon dioxide, and our ocean’s coral is most effected.  (would like to find link for you)
  5. Around the Americas has made it very easy for teachers and parents to get involved and educate the kids.  

So what happens in June, when Ocean Watch arrives back at their home port of Seattle.  Well its back to work, working on a book and a documentary covering the voyage and more information and tools for teachers.