Two of my deepest passions in life are science and sailing. As most of you know, when I went to South America this year, I stumbled upon an incredible opportunity to combine those two passions aboard the SRV Saoirse. I extended my time in South America by a few months in order to continue sailing with and learning from Captains Greg Landreth and Keri Pashuk, and over time we began collaborating on an ambitious plan to sail exclusively for science, conservation, and education.
This ‘business plan’ has become more than I ever imagined. Patagonia and the Antarctic Territory are beautiful places that are ecologically vulnerable and climatologically significant. These are areas with a great need for scientific research, conservation work, and education. There is real, exciting potential for our work aboard the Saoirse to have a significant impact.
Armed with a dream and a good ship, we can make a difference.
We will safely deliver scientists to difficult-to-reach locations that are critical for their research; research that is essential to build a comprehensive understanding of climate change— the impacts that it has already had on Patagonia and Antarctic regions, as well as global significance; research that will identify critically vulnerable areas and species that need protecting.
We will bring volunteers and conservationists to critical areas in order to facilitate and accomplish crucial conservation objectives such as beach cleanups and species counts.
We can reach out to communities, sail with young people and students, and write and document our work and experiences to promote a greater level of awareness and foster support for protecting and conserving this unique, beautiful, wild place.
We can transform our ship into a floating classroom; a science laboratory; a vehicle for change.
The potential is enormous. As is the need.
Thus far, I have donated hundreds of hours of my time to this effort. But eventually bills catch up with you, so I worked with my friend Kimberly Campbell to design this t-shirt that I am selling to raise some funds through her awesome crowd funding company, Teespring.
If you are interested in supporting my endeavor for science at sea and want a super cool shirt, I would truly appreciate the support. And the story behind the design: I first became interested in sailing because of tall ships, and the quote, from John Masefield’s poem Sea Fever, has always captivated me. This is a limited edition shirt; there are only 7 days left to buy! The money will help me continue my work on this endeavor to expand scientific research at sea in Patagonia and Antarctic territories.
A big thanks to everyone for your support. I will continue updating this blog as the adventures continue!