Photos and stories about the first circumnavigation of the American Continents by a sailboat will be shared Friday, May 13, 7 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
“Around the Americas” will be presented by Bryce Seidl as a “Novel Destinations” program sponsored by the Library Foundation in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave. The presentation is free, but donations are welcome.
The voyage began in Seattle on May 31, 2009, and returned to Seattle on June 17, 2010. In between the 64-foot sailboat crossed 25,524 nautical miles (29,373 statute miles) and visited 50 ports of calls in 13 countries.
“The objective was to change the devastating trends of ocean degradation by increasing people’s understanding of human dependence on the oceans and our stake in protecting them,” Seidl said. “At each port of call we engaged students and adults in programs about the human connections to the oceans, made press presentations and fed the story to the world in daily blogs and ultimately published a beautiful book entitled ‘One Island, One Ocean: Around the Americas Aboard Ocean Watch.’”
This venture was a partnership between Sailors for the Sea in Boston and Pacific Science Center in Seattle with other collaborators. In his role as CEO of Pacific Science Center, Seidl was involved in planning stages through completion. He joined the voyage from Lima, Peru, to the Galapagos and Costa Rica.
Images will include those all along the route from Seattle through the once frozen Northwest Passage and then south around the stormy waters of Cape Horn and back to the Pacific Northwest.
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