After sailing over 3,000 miles from Auckland to Vanuatu & Kiribati, the crew of Okeanos Messenger arrived in Majuro/Marshall Islands where it was greeted by the crew of Okeanos Marshall Islands.
In a recent report Captain Angelo Adonai shared his impressions from the last part of the trip to Majuro which, despite the nice overall sailing conditions and good atmosphere on board, was saddened by the experience the crew had to make when sailing through a massive belt of plastic garbage in the ocean:
TIME: 0600 HRS
POSITION: N05’11.8 E 171’44.2 10NM TO THE WEST OF MILI ATOLL, MARSHALL IS.
SOG: 4.6 KNT
SAILS: FULL MAIN AND GENOA.
ENGINES: NIL HRS
DISTANCE: 56NM SINCE 18000HRS
WEATHER: EAST TO NORTHEAST WINDS OVERNIGHT, TENDING MORE NE 10-15KTS CALM SEAS
COMMENTS: HAD A GOOD SAIL THROUGH THE NIGHT. STEADY 10-12KTS OF WIND FROM THE EAST THAN NORTHEAST. NICE SAILING CONDITIONS WITH FLAT SEAS A FULL GENOA AND GOOD COMPANY ON A VAKA IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NORTH PACIFIC. YESTERDAY WE SAILED BY ALOT OF RUBBISH, PLASTIC TO BE EXACT. FOR A GOOD 2-3HRS WE SAW EVERYTHING YOU CAN IMAGE THATS MADE OF PLASTICS, A GOOD 15NM OF IT. MOSTLY HOUSEHOLD PLASTIC, FROM BABY BOTTLES TO JANDALS, BASKETS, BOTTLE TOPS, BOTTLES, HAIR CLIPS AND LIST GOES ON. ALLS GOOD ONBOARD. REGARDS FROM US ALL.