208 days at sea, only 792 more to go!

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On November 8th Reid Stowe and Soanya Ahmad reported on their 200th consecutive at sea on the schooner Anne. I originally posted about this expedition here.

According to the 1000 Day at Sea blog, they are claiming that they have surpassed these previous at sea duration records:

  1. Longest man and woman non-stop sea voyage.
  2. Longest time for a female out at sea non-stop.
  3. Longest time out of sight of land.
  4. Longest space analogous expedition on earth.

Regardless of the records, 200 days at sea is a pretty significant accomplishment. Here’s a link to their post marking this milestone.

While they started this journey with a reported bang, every day does not hold adventure or excitement as demonstrated in this post where Soanya talks about how to pack for 1000 days and how to avoid moldy cloths at sea.

In the end, sometime it can be fascinating so I check in periodically to see how these modern day “adventurers” are “surviving” on the high seas. 1/5th of the way through the voyage, I look forward to what the final 792 days hold.

For a different perspective on the 1000 Days at Sea, check out 1000 Days of Hell which is part parody, part expose. (Warning: 1000 Days of Hell is R rated – not family or work friendly) Not sure what to make of it but it’s entertaining.

It’s what makes the Internet interesting!

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An Open Offer to Tom Perkins

MalteseFalcon In case you missed it, here’s a link to the 60 Minutes segment on Tom Perkins, one of the most successful venture capitalists and owner of the largest, most technically advanced privately owned sailing yacht in the world, the Maltese Falcon. It is definitely worth watching if you have 13 minutes to spare.

Perkins and his superyacht are the subject of David A. Kaplan new book, Mine’s Bigger: Tom Perkins and the Making of the Greatest Sailing Machine Ever Built which I wrote about here.

In case you are in the market for a new home, here is a listing for Mr. Perkins’ beautiful estate in Belvedere, California. $20.5 million and it’s yours! This website also has a interesting profile of the man.

I found the 60 Minutes segment fascinating and entertaining. The only time that Mr. Perkins hedged in the interview (4:10) was when Lesley Stahl tried to get him to confirm the cost of the Maltese Falcon which has been estimated to be anywhere from $100 – $300 million. Perkins admits that he is “embarrassed” by the vessels price tag because “there’s the homeless, charity and lot’s of things you could do with that money that could improve the world.” Now that’s an understatement!

With 1/100th of the estimated price tag of Maltese Falcon, we could send thousands of youth to sea under sail for positive life changing sail training experiences and that could help change the world!

So in the off chance that Mr. Perkins ever stumbles upon this post, I’m standing by to help you deal with any embarrassment you may feel for owning the Maltese Falcon. Let’s help get more kids out to sea under sail and change the world in the process!

(photo from Wikipedia)

“Lessons I Have Learned” – Dame Ellen MacArthur (via BBC Sport)

The BBC Sport website has launched a new feature called “Lessons I Have Learned” which profiles “British sportsmen and women notorious for taking their sport, preparation and strategy to incredible levels. Each of them has looked back on their career and identified the 10 key lessons their life in sport has taught them.”

Yesterday, the series profiled around the world sailing legend Dame Ellen MacArthur.

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Here are her lessons but make sure you visit the BBC website for her powerful stories about each.

  1. Never give up.
  2. Be as fully prepared as possible.
  3. Take strength from the team around you.
  4. It’s good to be frightened it keeps you on your toes.
  5. Don’t lose sight of your ultimate goal, stay focused.
  6. Never underestimate the power of the sea.
  7. Stay true to yourself and never lose sight of your values.
  8. Never forget those who have help you along the way.
  9. Always try to have fun.
  10. Always do your best.

Ellen’s accomplishments in her young life speak for themselves; she is truly a modern day hero and role model for young women. Her lessons are valuable to all of us: young and old, in sport and in business, with family, friends and colleagues.

Make sure you check out her beautiful website www.ellenmacarthur.com too.

(There is a video on the BBC website but I found it to be pretty poor quality and not worth the time or effort to download and watch.)

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Place your Bets – Tall Ships nominated for Nobel Peace Prize


According to Irish bookmaker / betting agent Paddy Power PLC, Sail Training International current odds of being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this Friday are 50-1. This puts them slightly behind Muhammad Ali (40-1), even with Oprah Winfrey and ahead of Irish politician Bertie Ahern (60-1), US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice (80-1), recent past British Prime Minister Tony Blair, American conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (100-1), US President George Bush (250-1) and British reality television celebrity Jade Goody (?)(500-1). The current odds on favorite is former US Vice President and environmental advocate, Al Gore (5-2). You can find all of the published odds here.

nobel peace_faceFor the second year in a row the international tall ships organization, Sail Training International has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The award is scheduled to be announced Friday, October 12, 2007 at 11:00 am Oslo time. The competition is tough with 181 nominations including 46 organizations. 

Okay, it’s a real long shot but it’s an amazing accomplishment and honor just to be considered. The Nobel Committee strongly encourages all nominations to be kept confidential; however, each year, a few slip out which isn’t really a bad thing if you are a long shot. The publicity surrounding the awarding of this prestigious honor can really raise awareness of a cause or nonprofit organization like Sail Training International.

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Recent media:

I wrote about last year’s nomination in the American Sail Training Association’s now dormant blog, Tall Ships Today.

STI photo Stockhom Max

Wouldn’t it be great to see a sailing organization that positively influences thousands of young lives and brings together so many different nationalities for friendly competition, international understanding, camaraderie and goodwill?  One can only hope and dream. But it’s still all good for sail training and the maritime community in general.

Northwest Passage Beckons Sailors (Wall Street Journal)

Today’s Wall Street Journal (September 13, 2007) has a front page article written by Douglas Belkin entitled As Arctic Ice Melts, Northwest Passage Beckons Sailors. (subscription required) However, a video and cool (pardon the pun) interactive map which highlights a number of attempts over the years can be viewed freely.

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Hawley F140 Racing Yacht (via Cool Hunting)


Trend spotting website Cool Hunting had an interesting post about a new sailing yacht yesterday.

The Hawley F140 Racing Yacht looks like a cross between a dolphin and stingray. With a smooth finish and rounded corners, it looks like it might easily roll over taking it’s crew with it. However, a hydraulically tilting keel acts as a counterbalance when cutting around corners. Taking inspiration from high-performance sports cars, it is built for flat-water speed and will easily go 20 knots. A self-draining cockpit and sloping deck from bow to stern help drainage keeping the boat light and balanced. The “bat wings” provide added surface area for the crew and helps to distribute weight while adding to the speedy styling.

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