Supporting Science at Sea… with super cool t-shirts

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.

Taking marine biologists out for a dive in some rough weather.
Taking marine biologists out for a dive in some rough weather off the coast of Chilean Patagonia.

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.

Captain Greg checking a weather station in a remote region of Patagonia only accessible by boat.
Captain Greg checking a weather station in a remote region of Patagonia only accessible by boat.

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.

Scientists at work in the pilot house.
Scientists at work in the pilot house.

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.

A sea lion colony in the Beagle Channel, the famous waterway between Chile and Argentina.
A sea lion colony in the Beagle Channel, the famous waterway between Chile and Argentina.

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.

The good ship Saoirse moored in Puerto Williams, Chile.
The good ship Saoirse moored in Puerto Williams, Chile.

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.

Tall ship tee.
Tall ship tee.

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!

-Sarah

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4 thoughts on “Supporting Science at Sea… with super cool t-shirts

  1. Reblogged this on Sarah Schwimmer Photography and commented:

    Hi everyone! As you may know, I also work aboard a scientific research vessel, the SRV Saoirse, that does scientific expedition work in critical regions such as Patagonia and the Antartic Territory. I designed a sailing t-shirt to help raise money for my continued involvement in the cause– to sail for science, conservation, and education. The shirt is only available for three more days, so if you would like to support science at sea, pick one up today! http://teespring.com/tallship
    Read this post for more details.

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