Across the Salty Peaks

Here is a glimpse inside a TransPacific crossing from Hawaii back to San Francisco aboard a “little” sloop that was part of the Ocean Cleanup Mega Expedition collecting data throughout the north Pacific garbage patch.

In August 2015, around 30 vessels crossed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in parallel, becoming the largest ocean research expedition ever. Sailing between Hawaii and Los Angeles, the expedition covered 3.5 million square kilometers and collected more data on oceanic plastic than has been collected in the past 40 years combined.

We wrote about the Expedition here, and marvel at the sailors who took it on themselves and their boats to not only cross the Pacific twice (most likely – to Hawaii and back), but to also engage in important scientific data collection about the Pacific garbage patch. Navigating 2500 miles of ocean one way is an experience on its own, and many of the boats who were well prepared, like these sailors on “STAY GOLD,” met with bad weather and breakdowns that stalled their individual progress. But as a collective, an amazing amount of data has been collected and will serve our future sailors well.

This video about the “Stay Gold” voyage  is more about how to manage breakdowns and unforeseen issues in the middle of the ocean.  Make sure you have what you need aboard your own boat before setting out for an ocean crossing.  Having tools and pieces available for repairs can make or break your voyage – and save your life.  We sell everything you need to prep your boat for an offshore passage. Here’s a little list of some items we find ocean explorers grabbing before they head out.

Thixo Low Viscosity
G10 Fiberglass Board
Safety Essentials
3M 5200
First Aid Kit & Supplies
VHF Radio

JD will help make sure you are READY for anything before you cast off! All it takes is planning! Lots of planning! Make sure your emergencies and breakdowns are minimized by carrying aboard what it takes to repair almost anything.

The Mega Expedition is Underway

The Mega Expedition is underway! 24 sailboats are conducting the largest research project on ocean plastics ever done with the help of some dedicated sailors and the American Sailing Association. Setting sail from the shores of Hawaii and some from SoCal, these volunteers will cover a huge area in a very orderly manner i n the name of ocean health and environmental science.

Back in May the organizers were looking for paid volunteers with ocean going vessels of any type who could become part of an historic grid of boats scouring the area of the Pacific Garbage Patch. The boats are doing research on the area and collecting garbage (mostly plastics, of course) and they will be collecting more plastic measurements in 3 weeks than have been collected in the past 40 years combined!

A compact surface trawl dragged behind each vessel will catch the smaller plastics. The device is known as Manta Trawl. It is the standard scientific equipment used around the world to quantify plastic pollution levels. Some people believe all commercial vessels should drag these type of trawls behind, thereby cleaning oceans all over the world and without extra effort or big money. We like that idea!

Keep track of the expedition and their findings on their website here. We commend them for this major undertaking and beg everyone reading this to work hard daily to ditch single use plastics – the water bottles and grocery bags, even dishwashing and laundry soaps – one and done plastics are killing our oceans and planet! Get yourself some pods for soap and reusable water bottles. Water bottle filling stations will hopefully take the place of our old favorite, phone booths – with easy access and visibility and plenty of them…. do your part!