A little taste of Norfolk Island, a small independent Island with many hurdles to overcome regarding waste, but a community that is striving to operate in next level sustainable practices. A true story of how the peoples will be the ones who see this place move forward!
Here is a short teaser from our time on the beautiful Lord Howe Island. Stay tuned for the full mini-series!
“Massive thank you to all the participants of the Talking Trash Tour! This video is for you.
We couldn’t have imagined a better way to kick off 2014 than to tour the east coast from Brisbane to Sydney visiting all you lovely passionate peoples along the way.
There is no way this would have been possible without every single persons involvement, hard work and going the extra mile.
Let’s all clean the ocean together and prove to the world we can all make an impact!”
If you would like to see more our next project is to produce an Ocean Ambassador Mini Series throughout the pacific. In order to achieve this we need your help! Please view our Start Some Good campaign and video here;
“I Love My Job!!!!!!! (or aka Money Nuggets)
What a start to 2014!
As our followers would know, January was absolutely insane. The “Talking Trash Tour” was a massive success.
The Ocean Ambassadors program hit Australia and teamed up with the best possible “get it done” team we could imagine.
Tim Silverwood and all you beautiful people at Take 3 were amazing. Who else can claim our reach in a time span like that? 27 days, 15 cities and over 30 events! We packed out houses in multiple locations, spoke at top tier locations such as the Marine Science center, Maritime Museum, Sealife Aquarium’s and had the honor of working with all of the legitimate organizations on the east coast focused on the Marine Debris issue.
So why was our campaign so successful?
Why did the media fall in love with the dynamic duo?
In my humble opinion it was due to the pure and simple message of “we can all be a part of the solution”
My favorite part is that we were able to take it outside the normal realm of preaching to the converted and brought in people from every walk of life to realize we can make an impact be involving industry!
All it takes is supporting our efforts by buying 1 piece of our clothing made from waste materials, and by joining the Take 3 crew.
Take 3 has done an excellent job in Australia spreading the simple message of picking up 3 pieces of rubbish when you leave the beach.
Obviously this is not all they do, their community engagement schemes, educational presentations and school programs are second to none. I urge every community that is interested in these issues to contact them and make sure they come and pay you a visit.
As the dust settled, I received a wave of e-mails, posts and notifications that our brand was in jeopardy. Pharrel Williams and G-Star jeans have announced they will launch clothing made from marine debris. This went absolutely viral! Sweeping across the nations and making headlines worldwide. Even their marketing video and song has created an instant surplus of people spreading the “I am Happy” campaign.
So here it is people, are we going to fret?
Are we going to surrender to the mainstream marketing machine and hand over all our hard work and years of dedication to fixing the marine debris issue?
I am so stoked that one of the world’s biggest stars has partnered with a strong brand to do exactly what we are doing.
This is amazing news and I don’t think our team at Leisure Activist Group clothing could have pondered a better supportive pat on the back.
So here ya go Pharel and G-Star, “THANK YOU!” for getting the word out. We’d love to work with you.
If you’d like to legitimize your claims, call me!
We have now solidified THREE waste systems in Island Nations. Two in the Pacific Ocean and one in the Indian. I haven’t even been in the Indian Ocean for over 5 years! But with the help of one amazing woman, we get to have a hand in stopping plastic from entering the ocean. Katrin (our lovely rep in the Seychelles Islands you are a wonder!) Let’s keep the Seychelles Islands a lost paradise together
The always-inspirational team at Kitesurf Tonga has packed their container and is moving on out! Soon as they have moved the building supplies on to their new location on Oleva in the Haapai group, we get to direct all of the waste PET we can get our hands on to become the clothes you buy!
And our most recent partnership in this internationally acclaimed fight is the exceptional team at Capt Cook Cruises, in the bountiful land of Fiji. I had the pleasure of visiting their operation last week and cannot say enough good things about this team. I never thought I would EVER step foot on a cruise ship. But in all honesty, this team made the transition as painless as possible.
Proudly operating the biggest little ship in Fiji we joined Capt Cook Cruises for the 7 day 4 Cultures voyage. This tour brought us to some of the most forgotten area’s of a country world renowned for pristine waters and breathtaking scenery.
I was floored by the connection this team has around Fiji with the local communities and how dedicated they are to supporting this countries growth in a positive direction.
Capt Cook Cruises supports 9 schools in out areas, employs countless locals (Even the Chief Officer and 2nd Engineer are local Fijian mariners) and heavily support a clean Ocean!
I can’t wait to see this team again in August when we return with Moana, to film our Fijian episode for the Mini Series on the Ocean Ambassadors.
That’s right people, The Ocean Ambassadors is going hard for 2014 and will be visiting:
Lord Howe Island
We have partnered up with drop dead gorgeous and Marine Scientist Laura Well’s, and National Geographic “World Traveler” host Nick Saxon to present our journey to you, the good peoples.
So, 2014 as the world says, “bring it on.” I feel confident we can claim, “it’s been BROUGHT!”
Lat/Long – Cabbage Tree Creek Marina
Weather – Fresh Australian winter evening in SE Queensland (extremely fresh, we aint in the tropics no more)
Stereo – My Destiny, Lionel Richie
A couple months pass, and I can’t help but be pleased with all of our advancements.
After a brief visit in April, Moana seemed happy in her long term resting place, and I painstakingly had to return to a regular job.
Long days in the Tahitian sun, running the deck of a 170 ft steel hull beast. I would return to the land of endless planning and possible avenues to carry on.
Though French Polynesia has been base for five years now, there was little joy. Work hours took up all daylight hours, and a fair few weekends.
20 minutes a day, watching the sun setting behind the island of Moorea, was my only solace.
With a tired body and a sun-stroked mind, pieces fell into place.
Making the final decision to shut down the charter doors, and focus on clothing was a huge step.
After hearing time and again about how much people liked the logo, and whether they loved or hated the name (one way or another they remember it, HA!) It was clear, we would once again have to take matters into our own hands, if we were to generate an income for The Ocean Ambassadors.
And why not?
No one sponsored the event last year, not one company came to the table. We, as a group of friends, banned together and did it. We took on the Pacific Ocean in all her glory and made it. So what if we had to pull the plug a little early. I wasn’t about to loose friends or my boat after coming so far. The point is we made it to safety in the end.
So with all our adventure and all those good times, a brand was born.
Born from battle, as they say.
Lat 18 40.0 S
Long 173 59.1 W
Calm, sunny, nice…
Days Events: Final shut down of S.V. Moana and hop on a plane to start my journey back to French Polynesia
Writing about something that has been done a thousand times over is not easy.
So many great sailors, adventurers and writers have penned this story that it seems futile to even try.
I didn’t set out to do this. I’d put myself through this ordeal too many times prior on S.V. Cassiopee.
In my mind, solo sailing was something in my past, something I had proven to myself I was capable of and not something I planned to do on a 38 foot raft for 1,500 nm.
But, any chance to not wear pants for 11 days is worth taking.
Getting out of NZ was harder than expected.
I have never owned a boat in a first world country before. Having all the spares in the world at your disposal is a dangerous way to drain your life savings.
Luckily the previous owners had done an excellent job in fitting out Moana. I only needed a few extras and had to add my equipment that I normally like to have around.
Spear Gun – Check
Kite board – Check
SUP – Check
Quiver of Surfboards – Check
Dive gear – Check
Range of Kites – Check
Yup, that should cover it.
So I set off.
April 2, 2012
Lat: 35 17’. 3 S
Long: 174 06’. 4 E
Weather Observation: Storm’s a brewing
07:30 (NZ Time)
Days Events: Final check on all supplies needed, hope the wind angle is good enough for an afternoon kite session in Paihia
Stereo: Curtis Mayfield
I’m taking some time now to clarify our actions, some peoples have asked me what the connection is to the causes we support and what we are doing. What happens in my head may be clear to me, but I understand where some may become confused.
As well, let me take the time to appologize for “venting” in the initial Capt’s Blog. Soon we will be back in paradise where values are more simple and the frustration that has incured as of late can wash away. Mostly, my time in NZ (this is approx. my 7th visit to this beautiful country) has been wonderful. The country is blessed with some of the most dramatic scenery possible, and it’s quite easy to find a lonely stretch of coastline to enjoy the elements on your lonesome, or at least with only a few friendly locals. And friendly they are, on a whole the NZ public are amazing. Generally speaking you can show up anywhere, and meet complete strangers that are open and exciting. Often the few people you run into are there for a variety of reasons. Some are fishing, others diving, you got your blow-carters, hikers, naturalists, hobby photographers, then of course the surfers, kiters and sailors. On my Bayly’s Beach mission I didn’t see one other kiter, until I doubled back past the car and ran into Matthew Spragg of Sprockett boards. The four times I’ve headed over to 90 mile beach, there wasn’t one other kiter in sight! Every time I had loads of power and the waves were extremely fun to fly around in. Even their most populated city boasts the most sailboats per capita in the world! But what else would you expect from a country that holds a border of the Polynesian triangle, and is in all essence an exposed island in the south pacific. These people know how to have a good time with what’s provided.
March 19, 2012
Lat: 35 17’. 3 S
Long: 174 06’. 4 E
Weather Observation: Pissing down rain and a butt load of wind
16:29 (NZ Time)
Days Events: Bail out dinghy after 19mm of rain in one 3 hr gap. Found a weather window to go ashore and re-supply. Forgot coffee and milk…..
Stereo: Barringtone Levy
To Whom It May Concern:
I’m leaving, not today, nor on a jet-plane. But soon, and aboard our new flagship bound for the Promised Land. We approach the end of March, and I’ve been in the “civilized” world far too long this time. Some people talk about us voyagers going “tropo.” In my humble opinion, it is the other way around.
This is the first official Blog for us. Few people may remember some that were posted on the old wordpress site, however those days are behind. I never really gave in to those writings. I found it awkward and forced. Never wanting to sound like we were gloating, always claiming or preaching. But once again, those days are behind. I will not be writing all of the “Capt. Blog’s.” I hope to have our guests, friends and crew fill in these blanks on later days. This is to give outer perspectives, and relieve you, our peoples, of my Cabin Fever induced ramblings.
Tomorrow is a big day for me, no, for us. Things didn’t go to plan, but when do they? It has been a long, and sometimes arduous, two years to get here.
Since Jan 1st of this year the heavens opened up and shone a light in our direction. As I awoke to complete clarity after a long night watching my holding in gusty north winds off the coast of Moorea, the sleeping tiger rose up, to get back on the streets. Done his time and took some chances.
Went the distance, now he’s back on his feet. Just a man, with a will to survive.
The journey was mixed with raw emotion, but it all seems pointless now. Then again, it may never have happened if the eyes were taken from the prize.
Now with everything in place we begin.
We now have control of a little gem of a yacht. She’s 38ft of bliss. In true Wharram style the boat is completely lashed together and the hull design derives its lines from ancient Polynesian sea-faring craft. On-board we have all modern safety equipment required for open-ocean voyaging. So that’s E-pirb, VHF, Sat phone, Life Raft, Harness’s, jack lines, life vest, you name it, we are holding. As for creature comforts, there’s two spacious double cabins 1 integrated with the galley, 1 with the head, there’s two singles, 1 per hull. Ohhh she’s a treat, all of our interior and exterior lights are L.E.D., there’s a 75 liter fridge/freezer a two burner stove w/ oven. The entire boat runs off 4 x 90 watt solar panels… It’s the closest I’ve ever came to being a proud father, though technically this would be an interracial adoption, I’m so proud!
She is exactly what we were looking for. “The best combination of old and new.” Everything you need and nothing you don’t.