Filed under: maritime, Moby-Monday, storytelling | Tags: Mad Libs, Meg Guroff, Moby-Dick
It’s the best work week of the year, IMHO. I’m zazzing my bike through deserted city streets and getting seated at schmantzy restaurants without a reservation: the rest of the world is at the beach!
See you in September!
Shot this handsome fellow fishing for minnows on the boat ramp this morning.
Filed under: Environment, maritime, Oceans | Tags: Despair.com, DespairWear, Fail Whale, Twitter
Filed under: Education | Tags: A. P. Moeller, A.P. Moeller School, C.F. Moller, Maersk, Monocle
Here’s some shipping money put to good work. Check out this short Monocle video about a gift from A.P. Moeller and Chastine McKinney Moeller Foundation (Danish website) to the young people of Schleswig bordering Denmark and Germany. Looks like a nice place to learn.
Filed under: life, maritime, storytelling | Tags: John Falk, National Geographic Adventure
John Falk wrote an amazing piece for National Geographic Adventure (August/September ‘09) titled One Rogue Wave: A Fishing Trip Goes Horribly Wrong. It’s part of National Geographic Adventure’s How to Survive Almost Anything ’09 series.
It’s long but it’s a powerful story of survival at sea that every mariner should read.
Hope you enjoyed Part 1 of the Top Gear Car Boat Challenge.
Just when you thought you’d seen it all…
Filed under: Experience, life, maritime | Tags: Abby Sunderland, Free Range Kids, Laura Dekker, Los Angeles Times, Mike Perham. Zac Sunderland, sailing
I first sailed to Bermuda when I was 14 years old. It was a pretty significant milestone in my life. From what I can remember of it today, more three decades later, it was also a significant accomplishment, psychologically, emotionally and physically. Of course, I was on a 128′ tall ship with 20 other adolescents and there was also this other little factor that the ship was under the command of a master mariner.
This morning, Mike Perham, a 17 year old Briton, became the youngest person to solo circumnavigate the globe. Mike’s prior experience included crossing the Atlantic at the age of 14. Here’s a BBC video/audio report upon Mike’s arrival this morning.
In yesterday’s Los Angeles Times, Pete Thomas wrote an interesting article titled More Teens Choose High-Seas Journeys. A more accurate title for the article might have been Younger Teens Choose High-Seas Journeys as the race today is less about who will be the fastest around the globe but rather who will be the youngest.
While I find it difficult to make a definitive statement with an absolute age on this controversy, it does seem to be getting a little ridiculous. I guess there will always be 2 schools of thought about these types of things with freedom of choice on one side and youth competency and parental responsibility on the other. Mankind has always been designed to push the limits, whatever they might be.
There’s an interesting conversation over at the Free Range Kids blog that you should check out if you are at all interested in this controversy. And from a slightly different perspective, check out the comments on BoingBoing.
Here are the websites of the youth sailors so you can read their own words about their adventures.
- Mike Perham website / blog (17 years old)
- Zac Sunderland website / blog (17 years old)
- Abby Sunderland’s blog (16 years old)
- Laura Dekker (13 years old) English version under construction.
- Jessica Watson (16 years old) (website / blog)