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OUR OCEAN ADVENTURE – TO EXPLORE OUR PLANET, FROM THE HELM OF A 30 METER SAILING SCHOONER, AND TO TAKE YOU ALONG FOR THE RIDE.

Hi there, Kristy and Michael here. We love traveling, discovery, eating delectable food from other cultures, and spreading our love and knowledge about ocean literacy and education. We especially enjoy sharing our experiences with our friends and family as we explore this amazing planet. We both have independently sailed across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. But this time, we’re giving up life ashore for a life on the ocean, and to take command of a much bigger boat – a 30 meter TALL SHIP. What an OCEAN ADVENTURE THIS WILL BE! We want to share this journey with you. What will it be like to commission and launch a large sailing schooner, organize and conduct research expeditions, hire crew, outfit and provision in foreign ports, sail the high seas and look for that perfect anchorage? Come with us from our first launch, to our most remote expeditions and beyond.

A Beautiful day of rolling waves and trailing winds, today has been the most calm and pleasant day of sailing since I can remember. Far out to sea, today slid by in the endless wake, with the gurgle of water sweeping past the hull and a gentle lull of the waves lapping as we are swept on by. We dislike passages so much, but one could dream, if we had experienced the elusive “trade wind sailing” on the trip, today would be what it should have been like. I watched a movie today, actually several movies. Pleasant, lazy and enjoyable. I promise that even in this lifestyle, those days are few and far between. Watching a movie or being enthralled in a book far out to sea is like nowhere else.

Ocean Adventure in the Doldrums

The Pacific Doldrums

When you stop to take your mandatory 360 look around, you are transported out of your dream in to another reality that is so vastly different than your mind is ready for. You step outside of your faraway place, back into a tiny boat. When you look around, you are in the middle of an ocean. Water, windswept water as far as you can see, farther than you can even imagine. The vastness here is so grand, it extends farther than your book or movie can take you. This endless water is our reality.

[Excerpts from blog entry on Nov. 11, 2010 – Aboard IO, A two year Pacific crossing]

THE OCEAN ADVENTURE

Our world is huge and filled with brilliant natural wonders, cultures and intricacies that we’ll never see and experience all of. But, were going to try, and what better way than to use a series of sailing expeditions to get there? Most of all, we’d like to take you with us. So please enjoy our ocean adventure posts, subscribe to get all the latest updates and videos and make this journey with us.

THE CREW

What really makes a ship special, is the PEOPLE that sail her.  Many people will have to contribute to the operations of our ship. To read more about the AMAZING PEOPLE on our Tallship, check out our crew page to see who were starting out with, and who we’ll add along the way.

THE SHIP

I can’t give away all the details now but here are a few glimpses. I think its bad luck before the commissioning and naming ceremony! I will say that she’s a 30 meter, full keel twin masted sailing schooner LOA. But even a ship that large is barely a spec on a MASSIVE OCEAN. Check out our boat page as we detail her specs and capabilities, and share our experiences as we finalize her 1.5 year refit (link coming soon).

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