With all of this talk about these young girls making their solo circumnavigation attempts, it’s sometimes easy to forget that there are some other great sea borne adventures that have been taking place, two of which are coming to an end today.
First up, Reid Stowe, who I’ve mentioned a few times in the past, is about to finish up his 1000 Days at Sea Expedition. He’s actually been at sea for 1152 days, and will be pulling into New York harbor sometime today.
The goal of the expedition was to demonstrate the possibilities of making a journey to Mars, and when he began the voyage, he was hoping so simulate the conditions that astronauts could possibly face if they were on a prolonged journey. That was more than three years ago, and at long last, he’ll set foot on land once again today, where he’ll be greeted by hundreds of well wishers, including Soanya Ahmad, who began the journey with him, but was forced to leave after 305 days due to debilitating sea sickness. Turns out that she was also pregnant, and would later give birth to their son. Since that time, Reid has spent more than two years alone at sea.
I’ll bet he’ll be happy to be back on land tonight.
Meanwhile, jumping to the west coast, a few days back I posted an update on the Around the Americas Team, and how they were closing in on their final destination as well. Turns out, today will be the day for them to return home as well. The crew of the Ocean Watch should reach Seattle sometime this afternoon too, bringing an end to their 13-month circumnavigation of North and South America that saw them navigating their way through the Northwest Passage. This amazing journey has never been completed before, and while making the voyage, the crew took water samples and recorded all kinds of data to help us to better understand the impact of global climate change on the health of our seas.
I want to take the opportunity to with both Reid and the Ocean Watch crew home. Your two respective journeys have been tremendous to follow.
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