“Big Oceans, Tiny Boat” Presentation

Nick Jaffe aboard Constellation

Nick Jaffe aboard Constellation

Nick Jaffe is a 27 year old Australian, currently sailing singlehanded from Holland to Melbourne, Australia on a 26ft British sailing vessel named ‘Constellation‘.  Nick is currently docked in the Berkeley Marina as he seeks to continue his journey down under.  Nick officially departed  on the September 17th, 2007, from Monnikendam, Holland, after a passage from Southampton, England.

Nick will be coming to OCSC Clubroom to give a presentation on his voyage on Wednesday, May 27th at 8:30pm. The presentation will be going on immediately following the Wednesday Night Sails.  The event will be FREE for members and non-members alike. Bring your friends!

I’ll let Nick introduce himself…

My name is Nick, I am currently sailing singlehanded back home, to Melbourne, Australia. I first sailed a Tazer dinghy in 2003, before crewing in Melbourne, and taking a sailing course in Gibraltar in 2007. I then went on to crew, sail, and refit my own vessel (Constellation), in one of the world’s greatest training grounds: The Solent, UK. I’ve been living on my boat since May, 2007.

The voyage so far
I officially departed singlehanded, on the 17th of September, from Monnikendam, Holland, after a passage from Southampton, England with friends sharing portions of the trip in August, 2007. I sailed north from Vlissingen through the Dutch canal system into Amsterdam, and further on to Monnikendam.

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Personal Submarine in the Bay

Have you ever wondered what is going on in the depths of the Bay, been curious how does the wildlife behaves below the surface, or just dreamed of cruising in a submarine? Well, it’s closer than you think.  In fact, a personal submarine has already been cruising in the Bay.  Graham Hawkes showed off the  Deep Flight Super Falcon, a small battery-powered submarine, at the California Academy of Sciences on May 13th, 2009.

Deep Flight Super Falcon

Deep Flight Super Falcon

The 20 ft winged submarine, Super Falcon,  is set to fly around Monterey Bay from June 19th to July 17th, and will be on display to the public when not in use.

The curious craft with its 10-foot wingspread looks like a sleek jet plane, not what it really is: a small submarine capable of flying deep beneath the ocean’s surface to survey whatever’s there.

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Junkraft – Sailing Garbage Across the Pacific

A few weeks ago we brought you the story of the Plastiki, a catamaran being constructed out of plastic bottles with aspirations of crossing the Pacific.  Turns out, the Plastiki isn’t a totally original idea.

The Junkraft has already completed the trip from California to Hawaii aboard thier plastic bottle-constructed vessel.  Two eco-mariners,  Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Joel Paschal, sailed a raft built of junk to help call attention to a major oceanic environmental problem – the accumulation of plastic trash in the seas. Their vessel was built from 15,000 plastic bottles and a Cessna 310.

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The Bay vs. The Bag

Our friends over at Save the Bay have put together this  video on the problems with plastic bags and the effect they are having on our environment. Save The Bay is the oldest and largest organization working exclusively to protect,…

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