Day 21 S/V Kaisei: Turning Towards Home

25 08 2009

Monday, 24 August 2009:
Lat: 38° 57’ N Lon: 135° 23’ W

Kaisei Workshop

Kaisei Workshop

With more than 2200 miles under our keel, and another 1000 remaining, we head east to meet the Humboldt Current where we will turn south towards the Golden Gate, arriving in a week.

As we leave the principal collection areas of the gyre behind, where we have worked for the past weeks, the calm blue sea has turned aquamarine with whitecaps. If we get good sailing winds, and seas increase, we may not be able to do much more sampling and our daily blog reports may be interrupted, due to sporadic satellite connection. We are hopeful that we may have a good day tomorrow for further testing and we are considering doing sampling at Cordell Banks.

Sealed portholes provide views alternating between blue skies and white water rushing past. Occasionally submerged, they can give the appearance of being on a submarine. With the increasing wind, the deck watch shortens sail and when winds lighten the deck watch sets additional sails. Currently, sailing with following seas at seven knots, all hands seem comfortable with their round the clock assignments and are working smoothly together.

Below decks the scientists are busy collating their logs, cataloging their samples and staring into their laptops. The video team is huddled over their monitors displaying footage being edited, the galley is abuzz with lunch preparation and the ship is rolling sharply side-to-side. Everyone aboard is mindful of the importance of this mission.

Dee Hock, the founder of Visa said it best,

“We are at that very point in time when a 400-year-old age is dying and another is struggling to be born — a shifting of culture, science, society, and institutions enormously greater than the world has ever experienced. Ahead, the possibility of the regeneration of individuality, liberty, community, and ethics such as the world has never known, and a harmony with nature, with one another, and with the divine intelligence such as the world has never dreamed.”

We believe our time is now. Please join us in support of our important work to clean our ocean environment and manage our waste streams that feeds it.

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3 responses

25 08 2009
Tom Smithberger

What interesting and inspiring blogs! For us peripheral supporters of the project, I hope you will do your best to give us arrival times at the Golden Gate and the berth in Richmond. Thanks.

25 08 2009
Colleen Neal Hall

Awesome updates of your expedition. Wish I could be at the Golden Gate to see your return! Hope your journey back goes well.

25 08 2009
Joy and Brian Currie

Happy Birthday to Hamish Currie on the 27th from the Nuclear free South Pacific.

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