DAy 26 - 7th July 2012
21N 15.6” 157W 49.9
Finally we’ve sighted land, not the land we originally intended, it’s the peaks of Oahu we can see silhouetted in the clouds.
The prevailing winds and seas were slowing us on our course for Maui and our fuel situation was becoming critical. After consulting the weather report our skipper Rodrigo made the decision to change course for Oahu. Giving us a more favourable wind angle this has allowed to sight land earlier and with fuel enough to enter the port.
The mood on board has shifted as expedition members anticipate landfall and meeting family and loved ones, or heading off to their next destination. It seems as if tonight we’ll be anchored off the coast ready to head in to the customs dock first thing Sunday morning to clear immigration.
Tracy, Lindsay and Shannon are baking a chocolate cake in celebration. It will be strange cooking on dry land, with kitchens that aren’t heeled over and constantly moving. Today while cooking lunch I had to hold the pots on the stove with brackets, as they kept trying to jump off!
It’s kind of sad that this will be our last night together as crew on the Sea Dragon and the voyage will be over. I am looking forward to being at sea again already, though I am anticipating seeing loved ones and enjoying some fresh food on land.
We have achieved our goals in recovering tsunami wreckage and bought back samples of plastic pollution from parts of the North Pacific not sampled before. We also dodged typhoons and saw some rough weather. Stiv says this was the longest time spent sailing into the wind on any of the 5 Gyres expeditions he’s been on.
Tomorrow Marcus and I will be of to do some beach combing, I’m curious to see if we find anything tsunami related, there shouldn’t be much on Oahu at this point.
It really has been cool being a part of this, the 5 Gyres/Algalita Tsunami Debris Expedition, Thanks again to all those who helped put Two Hands Project and myself on board. Working with a diverse team from around the world has been fantastic and our conversations have given us all a greater understanding of plastic pollution on a global scale.
Getting to know Marcus and Stiv from 5 Gyres has been great, 5 Gyres and Two Hands Project are well aligned on the issue of plastic pollution and I am sure there will be future collaboration.
Well, back to Australia soon, I’ll have some plastic pollution samples to show and a few good stories to share. Anyone up for a cold beverage? I hear the ‘on-shore crew’ has lines up some Murray’s Whale Ale & Monteith’s Cider for the first presentation at the newly reopened Manly Sea Life Sanctuary on the 24th July
if you can’t make the 24th or are closer to BONDI on the 25th … please follow the link:
Tsunami Debris Presentation- Bucklers Canteen