Posts Tagged ‘Plastiki’

David de Rothschild’s Somewhat Flaky Plastiki Expedition Finally Makes it to Australia

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Well, he and his Plastiki crew finally made it, all the way from Sausalito, California to Cindy, Australia. Let’s hear it for “heteronormative postmodern causeo-European hubris,” or something like that.

With some major repairs along the way and a friendly tow down the east coast of Oz, he eventually got the job done so you got to hand it to him.

Check the site, check the blog, check the Flickr.

As seen yesterday down under, in a darling little harbour:

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All the way to the bottom, Davy. You made it!

Je vous lève le chapeau, Mr. de Rothschild.

Plastiki Approaching Island of Kiritimati After 35 Days Asea – Oprah Impressed

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Here’s the update: Plastiki voyage leader David de Rothschild and crew are heading straight towards the northern Line Islands at a pace slower than walking.

Appears as if they’re slowly making a bee-line to tiny Teraina, Kiribati (aka Washington Island). Or Tabuaeran (Fanning Island) – that’s in the area as well. big old (bigger than San Francisco anyway) Kiritimati (aka Christmas Island)

Be sure to check out the action at Oprah.com.

DdR at the CAS last year:

Anyway, they said they would try for the Lines, and it looks like they’ll make it.

Stay tuned….

Catching Up With the Voyage of the Plastiki – Landfall Near Hawaii Expected Soon

Monday, April 12th, 2010

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.

We’ll see.

How is the Voyage of the Plastiki NOT a Wes Anderson Movie?

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Now, I’m not alone on this or anything, but I just have to say that this whole massively-delayed David de Rothschild Plastiki voyage is looking more and more like a Wes Anderson movie.

Life…

“Sea Trials, December 2009″ via Plastiki:

…Imitates Art:

Good casting for this crew, huh? Lights, camera, action:

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(Now, please somebody video or photograph the actual Great North Pacific Garbage Patch / Gyre, if you’d please. As we know, the “patch is not a visibly dense field of floating debris.” So, it would be nice to have just one photograph on the whole Internet showing what the place actually looks like. You know, instead of more of this. Just saying.)

Bon Courage, Bon Voyage.

David Mayer de Rothschild, Captain of Plastiki, at the California Academy of Sciences

Friday, June 5th, 2009

This was the scene last night at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park during another busy NightLife program. It’s David Mayer de Rothschild, “British adventurer, environmentalist and head of Adventure Ecology,” giving a talk about ecology and his Plastiki boat as a part of the United Nation’s World Oceans Day.

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The #1 Hottest Guy in Green at the Cal Academy. Subscribe to his stream of consciousness here, on the Twitter.

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Can this giant plastic catamaran, can this Andersonian venture make it all the way from Pier 31 to Cindy, Australia?

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Only Time Will Tell.

NightLife Welcomes Plastiki, Thursday, June 4

6:00 – 10:00 pm
NightLife, featuring Plastiki and David de Rothschild »

This week, environmentalist David de Rothschild gives two lectures (at 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm) about his upcoming voyage across the Pacific. What makes it unique? He’s crossing the ocean in a 60-foot vessel constructed entirely of recycled materials, mostly plastic water bottles!

De Rothschild will share details of his itinerary, including his plan to navigate the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating landfill and man-made disaster that’s twice the size of Texas.

The California Academy of Sciences Goes All Out for World Oceans Day

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

They’re going all out at the California Academy of Sciences for World Oceans Day 2009, starting tonight.

Check out the schedule of activities over the next couple of weeks here, and below.

Giant Blue Whale skeleton, high above the patrons:

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About World Oceans Day
 Oceans cover more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface and are critically important to the health of our global ecosystem, yet they are some of the least explored and most threatened places on our planet.

In light of this, the United Nations has issued an official resolution designating June 8, 2009 as the first annual World Oceans Day.

The Academy is celebrating with a suite of special visitor programs. All programs are designed to help visitors explore and protect the amazing biodiversity of our marine habitats. They include sustainable seafood cooking demonstrations, a beach clean-up, costumed stilt-walkers, animal shows, lectures, and more. See details below.
 
NightLife Welcomes Plastiki, Thursday, June 4

6:00 – 10:00 pm
NightLife, featuring Plastiki and David de Rothschild »

This week, environmentalist David de Rothschild gives two lectures (at 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm) about his upcoming voyage across the Pacific. What makes it unique? He’s crossing the ocean in a 60-foot vessel constructed entirely of recycled materials, mostly plastic water bottles!

De Rothschild will share details of his itinerary, including his plan to navigate the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating landfill and man-made disaster that’s twice the size of Texas.
 
World Oceans Day Festival & Weekend Activities
  Saturday, June 6

9:30 am – 5:00 pm
World Oceans Day Festival »

Inside the Academy, a host of special activities are planned – from stilt-walkers dressed as giant jellyfish to research demonstrations presented by Academy scientists.

11:00 am
Teens Talk Books: Underwater Explorations »

Whether facing a great white shark, chasing orcas near Vancouver, or swimming with hordes of hammerheads in the Sea of Cortez, Peter Benchley (author of Jaws) shares his many underwater adventures in the book Shark Life: True Stories about Sharks and the Sea.

Sunday, June 7

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Beach Clean-Up »

Join volunteers from the Academy, OceanHealth.Org, and Surfrider at Ocean Beach for the annual World Oceans Day beach cleanup.

2:00 – 3:30 pm
Banana Slugs String Band »

Join in the musical fun as the award-winning Banana Slug String Band – Doug Dirt, Airy Larry, Solar Steve and Marine Mark – bring out their latest collection of earth-loving songs about understanding and caring for our oceans and watersheds.
 
The Farallones Cam
  Monday, June 8 – World Oceans Day

Experience the Wildlife of the Farallon Islands – Live!

Just in time for the first annual World Oceans Day, the first ever webcam on the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge. Catch a detailed look at the islands and follow the action of sea lions, seals, and the largest seabird colony in the continental United States. Brought to you by the California Academy of Sciences, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and PRBO Conservation Science.
 
The Festivities Continue…
  Thursday, June 11

6:30 – 10:00 pm
NightLife, featuring SF Sustainable Seafood Alliance »

The Academy and its partners in the San Francisco Sustainable Seafood Alliance are pulling out all the stops to encourage visitors to make sustainable seafood choices.

Local celebrity chefs will whip up tasty treats during cooking demonstrations, industry experts will participate in panel discussions, and we’ll host a screening of “The End of the Line,” a new film about overfishing that received rave reviews at Sundance.

Tuesday, June 16

6:30 pm
Bookworms: Why Do Oceans Matter? »

The adult book group will discuss Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans by noted marine biologist Sylvia Earle.