I don’t know, if Plastiki voyage leader David de Rothschild really were such a self-centered “douchebag” “media hound,“ wouldn’t he be heading towards one of the Hawaiian islands, like Oahu or the Big One? (Numerous reports have stated that Hawaii is on the itinerary.) You know, there’d be a huge reception for him and his crew in ‘Lulu, with a concomitant media circus ‘n stuff.
But it appears as if the Plastiki is heading towards the nearby, not-all-that-populated Line Islands. So credit David for that, anyway.
See? San Francisco is off the map way up near the top right corner of your PC screen and the Hawaiian island chain is in the upper left corner of the graphic:
And do I blame him for skirting around the North Pacific Garbage Patch? Not really, for three reasons.
1. All them exposed two-litre bottles in the Plastiki’s hull make it the slowest pig on the high seas. And depending on conditions, that place isn’t the easiest to navigate through, so lots of extra time would be needed.
2. Garbage patch trekking’s been done already, by similar voyages; and
3. You can’t actually see the Garbage Patch – it looks like any other part of the Pacific. So, unless you are equipped for studying it, the whole place is kind of banal.
Anywho, I’m curious to see where this venture ends up. I’m quite confident this Andersonian craft is seaworthy enough to make it all the way to Cindy, Australia, but how it gets there – that should be interesting.
The Plastiki plods along while the haters (“heteronormative postmodern causeo-European hubris”) hate. I’m thinking it’s still possible for David to beat the haters and win this one.