Plastiki Sets Sail Tomorrow Morning 3/20/10

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Stolen from lectronic Latitude.

With the first start of the Lightship race at 9:40 I am assuming there will be some good photo ops.

Plastiki Sets Sail Tomorrow Morning

March 19, 2010 – San Francisco Bay

Plastiki, the 60-ft catamaran made entirely out of recyclable and recycled materials, including 12,500 soda bottles, will be sailing out the Gate tomorrow morning around 9:30 a.m. — first planned stop: The Line Islands. The inspiration of environmentalist and adventurer David de Rothschild, the Plastiki project has also utilized the talents of many Bay Area marine professionals — from the boat's suit of Pineapple Sails to the Monitor Windvane attached to the aft bridgedeck to the army of artisans who lent a hand in the building of this unique vessel-with-a-mission.

The six-person crew are hoping a flotilla of Bay boats will send them off in style, so 'get out the boat' a little early tomorrow to wave farewell. But pack a lunch because, once you're out on the water, we're guessing you won't want to head back in.

Read more about the project and their mission on Plastiki's website and in the current issue of Latitude 38.

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bobrynd

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Stolen from lectronic Latitude.

With the first start of the Lightship race at 9:40 I am assuming there will be some good photo ops.

Plastiki Sets Sail Tomorrow Morning

March 19, 2010 – San Francisco Bay

Plastiki, the 60-ft catamaran made entirely out of recyclable and recycled materials, including 12,500 soda bottles, will be sailing out the Gate tomorrow morning around 9:30 a.m. — first planned stop: The Line Islands. The inspiration of environmentalist and adventurer David de Rothschild, the Plastiki project has also utilized the talents of many Bay Area marine professionals — from the boat's suit of Pineapple Sails to the Monitor Windvane attached to the aft bridgedeck to the army of artisans who lent a hand in the building of this unique vessel-with-a-mission.

The six-person crew are hoping a flotilla of Bay boats will send them off in style, so 'get out the boat' a little early tomorrow to wave farewell. But pack a lunch because, once you're out on the water, we're guessing you won't want to head back in.

Read more about the project and their mission on Plastiki's website and in the current issue of Latitude 38.

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I don't know about this. Having seen the boat and knowing they haven't shaken that thing out in anything other than calm waters, I think this thing will only contribute to the Pacific Gyre by breaking apart mid-ocean. Their goal is admirable but the ocean is so unforgiving.

also in sfgate: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/inmarin/detail?entry_id=59496

 

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March 20, 2010, 9:30 a.m.

Plastiki sets sail from San Francisco.

March 20, 2010, 9:37 a.m.

US Coast Guard cutter dispatched to rescue Rothschild heir as boat home-made out of junk breaks apart just outside Golden Gate.

 

War Dog

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March 20, 2010, 9:30 a.m.

Plastiki sets sail from San Francisco.

March 20, 2010, 9:37 a.m.

US Coast Guard cutter dispatched to rescue Rothschild heir as boat home-made out of junk breaks apart just outside Golden Gate.


The good news is there will be around 60 +/ - boats around to escort them as far as the Lightbucket after that they will be on their own.I wonder if the CG is going to require them to have an EPIRB to go out the gate also??

 
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bobrynd

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March 20, 2010, 9:30 a.m.

Plastiki sets sail from San Francisco.

March 20, 2010, 9:37 a.m.

US Coast Guard cutter dispatched to rescue Rothschild heir as boat home-made out of junk breaks apart just outside Golden Gate.
WE did the Spring Keel regatta in the beginning of March. Saturday was a calm day with winds eventually getting to about 10 kts. They chose this day to give it a "sea trial" out the Golden Gate to maybe Pt. Bonita. Sunday it blew like stink, I drove home via Cliff House and Ocean Beach - It was "Victory at Sea" conditions and I was thinking about this boat being out in that kind of condition for days on end. They should have at least made a trip to the Farrallons and back.

 

LostDaggerboard

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March 20, 2010, 9:30 a.m.

Plastiki sets sail from San Francisco.

March 20, 2010, 9:37 a.m.

US Coast Guard cutter dispatched to rescue Rothschild heir as boat home-made out of junk breaks apart just outside Golden Gate.
March 20, 2010. 10:02 a.m.

As crew desperately tries to keep either eco-friendly ship afloat, a lost whale wanders into the bay....

 
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March 20, 2010, 9:30 a.m.

Plastiki sets sail from San Francisco.

March 20, 2010, 9:37 a.m.

US Coast Guard cutter dispatched to rescue Rothschild heir as boat home-made out of junk breaks apart just outside Golden Gate.


The good news is there will be around 60 +/ - boats around to escort them as far as the Lightbucket after that they will be on their own.I wonder if the CG is going to require them to have an EPIRB to go out the gate also??

Float plan?

 
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pogen

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This program is not to be compared to the Tin Can, or 1000 days. I think the rig is very well thought out, given their mission. And the hull really isn't make of plastic bottles, those are more like a filler behind the real clear plastic skin, part of the pulicity message.

And they have some A-list sponsors, lots of teams should be so lucky.

 

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I see from photoboy's shots that there are hot chicks on board.

Those chicks are an order of magnitude hotter than Soanya, Reid Stowe's babymama and ex concubine.

I therefore heartily approve of this voyage.

 
It didn't look like they were having much success.

They were towed out the Gate and then released for a Photo shot with the sails up. Then they were towed some more. Then the sails were up, then they were towed some more.

Last I saw, they had the sails up, but didn't look like they were going to be able to clear Pacifica.

The winds were light and out of the South West. By the time we got around the light bucket the tide had turned and was starting to flood. We had to keep the chute heated up to keep it full.

I can't imaging sailing Plastiki to Hawaii. It just doesn't seem like it would be very sea worthy in the waves that should be surfed to Hawaii.

 

pogen

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We passed quite close to them -- there was a very large motor yacht in attendance. The consensus on our boat was that Plastiki had a bunch of VIP guests on board for the 'launch', who were taken off in the vicinity of the Lightship. Plastiki seemed to hardly be moving in today's light air. I think the tow was due to the need for the media to see something happening, otherwise it might have taken a day to pass out of sight of the GG bridge.

Well if the get bored, they can always smoke some of the green stuff from the cylindar on the mizzen mast.

 

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What's it rate?

I was crewing on Temerity in the Lightship race yesterday, and as we were sailing out under the Golden Gate Bridge the Plastiki was being towed out, with about a half-dozen boats in her entourage. About 2/3 pf the way to the lightship we crossed her bows. She had a main up, but no headsails. It still appeared to be party time on board Plastiki.

Eyeballing the Plastiki website tracking page, at last report they appear to be about 26 nautical miles west of Pescadero Point, and perhaps 41 NM from the Golden Gate. Of course the wind is really light, with the buoy reports and GRIBs indicating under 10 kts of wind for the last twelve hours, but that still seems awfully slow -- possibly 1.7 kts boatspeed if that was a Noon position report. The wind should be picking up to 20+ kts in a day or two -- it will be interesting to see how they do then.

Unfortunately, the lat/lon is only given in whole degrees (!) on their website, and while the track chart seems to show the position accurately, there is no indication of date or time.

 
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"The Plastiki’s design and sail plan only permits her to sail with the wind just forward of her beam – she is a down-wind vessel.

In keeping with her design ethos she has no centreboards so her leeway is significant – in other words she sometimes goes sideways as well as forward.

We are predicting an average speed for the passage of approx. 5 knots

She cannot tack, she must always gybe (putting the back of the boat through the eye of the wind rather than the bows)"

Plastiki FAQs

 

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They sure look the type who would underestimate a journey of this kind and the bottles look likely to fall out sometime very soon.

 

valis

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Here's their latest position (as of 16:15 UTC):

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It looks like they are close to 35d 46m N, 124d 10m W.  Their speed appears to be picking up -- the Monterey offshore buoy (NOAA Buoy Report) has been showing around 20 kts from the NW and seas around 8 ft for the past 24 hours.

 
This program is not to be compared to the Tin Can, or 1000 days. I think the rig is very well thought out, given their mission. And the hull really isn't make of plastic bottles, those are more like a filler behind the real clear plastic skin, part of the pulicity message.

And they have some A-list sponsors, lots of teams should be so lucky.
I checked out the boat a few weeks before it left, it is very well built! and the chick is hot, it should make it no problem unless it flips

 

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This program is not to be compared to the Tin Can, or 1000 days. I think the rig is very well thought out, given their mission. And the hull really isn't make of plastic bottles, those are more like a filler behind the real clear plastic skin, part of the pulicity message.

And they have some A-list sponsors, lots of teams should be so lucky.
I checked out the boat a few weeks before it left, it is very well built! and the chick is hot, it should make it no problem unless it flips
I assumed it was built pretty good given it would be really bad press for them if their plastic boat were to break up and litter the pacific with more plastic. LOL

 
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