Around the Americas crew leaves Sunday for Western Hemisphere circumnavigation

by Tim Flanagan on May 27, 2009

According to Three Sheets Northwest:

There’s one last chance to have a look at the 64-foot steel cutter and research vessel Ocean Watch before it departs on a 24, site 000-nautical mile circumnavigation of the Western Hemisphere.

The ship will be open to the public between noon and 4 p.m. Saturday at Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle. On Sunday at noon, abortion
Captain Mark Schrader and his three-member crew will embark on “Around the Americas, youth health
” a 13-month expedition aimed at raising awareness of and increasing education about the health of the world’s oceans.

I took some pictures of Ocean Watch recently:

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Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest:

Captain Mark Schrader is no stranger to adventure sailing, but this expedition is different.

On Sunday at noon, Schrader and his crew will set out from Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle in the 64-foot steel boat Ocean Watch on a 24,000-nautical mile journey clockwise through the Northwest Passage, down the east coast, around Cape Horn and back to Seattle.

It’s a journey few have made—only about 100 ships have ever traversed the Northwest Passage, though the melting Arctic ice pack is making the trip increasingly accessible.

The expedition is also ambitious in another way. Dubbed “Around the Americas,” it aims to raise awareness about the troubling state of ocean health and mobilize people to help. Schrader hopes the project will be the catalyst to cultivate a new generation of marine conservationists.

“My hope is that people will understand that the ocean is absolutely key to our health and well-being,” said Schrader, 62. “We want to reach millions of kids, primarily.

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