Plastiki Across the Pacific on Plastic: An Adventure to Save Our Oceans

David de Rothschild

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 1452100020

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Explorer, global green leader, and eco-TV host David de Rothschild recounts the extraordinary journey of the Plastiki, an innovative and mostly untested sixty-foot catamaran that floats on 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles. It was a voyage that took de Rothschild and a five-person crew 10,000 miles from the U.S. to Australia, sailing through rarely traveled, dangerous waters, risking their lives to call attention to our fragile oceans. Their exploration included urgent study of ocean pollution, island nations threatened by rising seas, damaged coral reefs, and the acidifying ocean itselfand their discoveries are a call to action. Packed with exciting narrative, images, maps, journal entries, plans, and sketches, this is the only firsthand account of what may be the most important adventure of our time.

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myself. It always hurt. WORST TROUBLE YOU GOT INTO AS A KID? When I was ten years old, I foraged these pods that look like sugar snap peas to provide food for my campmates. It turns out the pods were from a tree called a laburnum and highly poisonous. I sent myself and eight other students to the hospital to have our stomachs pumped. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? I was pretty set on being a jockey. Then I grew. MOTTO YOU LIVE BY? “Nobody is as smart as everybody.”

entrepreneur, and the author of The Ecology of Commerce, Natural Capitalism, and Blessed Unrest. 7 CROSSING THE EQUATOR AFTER LEAVING CHRISTMAS ISLAND, PLASTIKI’S SLOW-MOTION ISLAND-HOPPING WAS PUNCTUATED BY A SAILOR’S RITE OF PASSAGE INVOLVING KING NEPTUNE. WHEN CAPTAIN JAMES COOK DISCOVERED CHRISTMAS ISLAND IN DECEMBER 1777 DURING HIS THIRD AND FATEFUL VOYAGE INTO THE PACIFIC OCEAN, HE WAS UNDERWHELMED. He and the crews of his two ships, Resolution and Discovery, found the

Plastiki have a narrow window for optimal wind direction, she’s also picky about wind speed. Above 12 knots per hour, the boat tracks reasonably well. Below 12 knots, she navigates about as well as a jellyfish. In a normal weather year, slack winds wouldn’t be an issue. The trades blow strongly and consistently. But, as previously noted, 2010 was the year of an abnormally strong El Niño weather pattern, which had disturbed wind flows across the Pacific. We would have considered ourselves lucky

algae blooms and disease once it enters a body of water. Scoop up the poop and put it in a paper sack before disposing. THE TASMAN SEA IN AUTUMN BROUGHT SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, AS WELL AS ROUGHEST, SAILING. With unfailing accuracy, the “track” function on our marine GPS system let us see our sailing course displayed as a thin red line superimposed on nautical charts. In the days following the big blow that almost took down our mast, our sailing track looked less like purposeful

AND MATT CHEER FULFILLING A DREAM. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS CREW Singeli Agnew Luca Babini Matthew Grey Olav Heyerdahl Graham Hill Max Jourdan Vern Moen Jo Royle David Thomson Team Katie Ardern Charlotte Bufton Tia Grazette Mark Headley Gail Devlin Jones Annabel Lander Martin Metz Ben Murtagh Charlie O’Malley Rebecca Petzel Chris Sills Satpal Singh Jamie Strecker Katie Tilleke Emma Voller Kevin Williams Ron Yoon Build & Development Ashley Biggin—Boat Builder Nathaniel

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