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.
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.