04/06/13 – 06/06/13: Logbook
Tuesday 4th June, 2013
For the past two days we have been sailing on an ocean that warrants its name – Pacific. Its dark blue depths are vertiginous. On deck, the crew gaze at the horizon and chill after the spate of bad weather.
All our conversations are focussed on our venture – what more could we have done while we were there, what worked and what didn’t etc. We even talk about going back with more resources and a bigger budget. So that we are not limited in time which, of course, means money. Who knows?!
But above all, we need to wait for the results of our experiments and to sort out our images. Will they meet expectations? Will scientists be interested in them? Will they raise awareness among the public at large? We hope so.
It is also up to us as eye-witnesses to continue communicating on the subject, targeting tomorrow’s decision-makers.
On Wednesday, we will be interviewed on board by France Inter. The media are a definite asset. We will make the most of their interest… Another two days’ sailing before we reach Oceanside.
The only way we can tell we are moving is by the miles clocking up on the GPS since the scenery around us varies very little. Although one thing did strike us today. Since we left the gyre, waste is a rare occurrence whereas as we approach the coast, there are more and more signs of life.
This evening, we saw our first school of dolphins for many days and tomorrow, we hope to see baleen whales as on the outward journey.
Friday, 6th June, 2013
Today, we are on the final leg to our home port, Oceanside.
And we are thinking of all those fantastic people who made our expedition possible thanks to their financial support.
First of all, our thanks go to Stéphane Lambert, Director of Actalis and ADC in French Guiana who got things going financially by supporting us, thereby stimulating other partners to do the same. He is not a chartered accountant for nothing!
Francis Vallat, President of the Cluster Maritime Français, and his team who lent me an ear between two appointments in French Guiana in spite of their heavy schedule. He said he was interested and asked me to come and see him in Paris to talk about it further. Francis is a man of his word. He gave me an appointment, listened to me and supported us. Our thanks go to the Cluster Maritime Français.
And then there are Xavier and Olivia of the brand new Amaboomi company which recycles plastics turning them into sportswear. They supplied the crew with articles of clothing during the expedition and we were able to test their comfort and sturdiness. Excellent! And very stylish. What is more, a percentage of every T-shirt bought from them is made over to their foundation which supports environmental initiatives. A way of combining something enjoyable with something useful.
Cécile, Geneviève, Francis and the team at Mercator Océan and MyOcean have been fantastic partners. In addition to their technical competence, we were really encouraged by their enthusiasm, dedication and welcome at meetings in Paris and Toulouse. Thank you.
The CNES and Danielle de Staerke without whom none of this would have been possible. A real locomotive, hooking up the wagons as our journey progressed, turning it into a high-speed train.
Air Caraîbes, with Véronique Malialin and Béatrice Dupont who made it possible to reduce our transport costs to Paris. A conscientious airline supporting environmental protection initiatives.
Our American partners – the Grand Pacific Resort hotel group which gave us free accommodation and the members of the Oceanside yacht club who provided us with their logistic support.
And then the 7th Continent staff whose voluntary aid enabled us to keep our costs down considerably. Patrick’s son Anthony, Head Webmaster at only 15 years old. Anne Saunier, President of Mo Péyi Prop’ who is our community and social networks manager. Caroline Vignard who translates everything into English. Alain Dupont and Georges Grépin members of the original crew who ensure communications are relayed locally in French Guiana and in Metropolitan France. Paola, our CNES coordinator, an admirable trainee. Sandrine and Fred at OSL in addition to Sophie and Eric for their logistical support.
And finally, all the others who in one way or another have aided our initiative.
Nothing would have been possible without them.