Please select your home edition
Edition
C-Tech

Sailors for a cleaner ocean- Introducing The Trash Hunters

by Nancy Knudsen on 16 Aug 2010
American Promise underway SW
Many cruising sailors are environmentalists. Out there in secluded, uninhabited bays, we see the superficial evidence of what the modern world is doing to our oceans. But not many take it so seriously that they dedicate their life to cleaning up the ocean. Introducing 'The Rozalia Project', and the Trash Hunters

Way over the other side of the Pacific Ocean and across the American continent, in Vermont, USA, Rachael Miller and James Lyne are the husband and wife team that head up the 'Rozalia Project', a non-profit organisation named after Rachael's great grandmother, Rozalia. They are both sailors and adventurers, with a complex history involved in sailing, diving, and the operation of ROVs (remotely operated vehicles).

Moved by the necessity for action for a cleaner ocean, they have purchased American Promise, which is a Ted Hood 60ft sloop and a past sail training vessel for the US Naval Academy, to act as their trash-hunting mothership. Their mission is to find and remove marine debris, sometimes assisted by the operation of their ROV. After purchasing the yacht, they sailed it from Annapolis to Albany, New York, to get it ready for work.

Along with their trash-hunting, they want to visit as many sailing centers, yacht clubs and other waterfront organizations to clean up, educate and spread the word about the problem and how we can all be a realistic part of the solution, which is a world-wide one affecting us here in Australia in many acute ways, not the least of which is the threat to the Great Barrier Reef.

Without unlimited funds, to expand what they can achieve they are now going for a grant, and Rachael is looking for support. 'We have been accepted into the Pepsi Refresh grant contest. If, by the end of August, we are in the top 10 in our $50K category, we will win that funding.


'We want to spread the word about what we are doing and our unique opportunity to gain support by only asking for a minute a day from sailors (instead of actual money to support us).

'Winning this grant will mean that we will be able to do our work and tour the northeast US next summer visiting community sailing centers, towns and sailing clubs from New York City up to Cape Ann (in 2012 we will start in Marblehead and head north and east into Maine) without charging them and being able to take volunteers onboard to have the experience helping us with our mission while experiencing life at sea, learning about navigation, marine science and of course the joys of sailing.'



You can read all about them and the Rozalia Project on their web site: www.rozaliaproject.org .

With inspiration like that, let's hope there are many other sailors in the world who are similarly motivated and will take direct action in the future. If there are, we'd like to hear from you!



.

SOUTHERN-SPARS-AGLAIA-SPARS_728X90 BottomMAURIPRO 2020 - Europe FooterRS Sailing 2019 - Footer

Related Articles

RS:X Windsurfing World Championships day 4
Scintillating medal race set up in Sorrento Day 4 of the RS:X World Championships, being hosted by Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club, served up another nail-biter of a day with tricky, difficult and marginal conditions.
Posted today at 12:08 pm
Less than a month to go to GC32 Oman Cup
The big players are set to return to the battlefield The big players are set to return to the battlefield in one month's time when high speed foiling catamaran competition gets under way at the GC32 Oman Cup, first of five events comprising the 2020 GC32 Racing Tour.
Posted today at 10:53 am
Clean sweep for British SailGP Team in Sydney
Ainslie takes his team to three wins in three races on day 1 Seven teams and one clear winner as Ben Ainslie and the Great Britain SailGP Team presented by INEOS kick start SailGP Season 2 with a bang. New to the championship this season, the five-time Olympian certainly showed he meant business.
Posted today at 9:48 am
Harken Youth Match Racing Worlds - Day 2
Australians surge to the front on Day 2, of the Harken 2020 Youth Match Racing World Championship Australians surge to the front on Day 2, of the Harken 2020 Youth Match Racing World Championship, with the New Zealanders not far behind.
Posted today at 9:48 am
Gone flying with il Duce at SailGP
Day One SailGP images from Andrea Francolini who was out on Sydney Harbour as Season 2 kicked off Day One SailGP images from Andrea Francolini who was out on Sydney Harbour as Season Two kicked off...
Posted today at 7:49 am
ILCA Laser Radial Women's Championship overall
Marit Bouwmeester wins fourth Laser Radial World Championship as winds die in Melbourne It may have been a case of "saved by the wind" for Rio Olympic champion, Marit Bouwmeester. The three-time world champion led by 24 points over night but saw her margin trimmed to just two points after the first race of the final day.
Posted today at 7:04 am
RORC Caribbean 600 first finisher interviews
The first boats have arrived back on the docks in Antigua Interviews with some of the early arrivals, including Multihull and Monohull Line Honours winners, and provisional class champions in the 12th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600.
Posted today at 7:01 am
Sydney SailGP - Day 1 Video Replay
A perfect start for Great Britain SailGP Team Presented by INEOS Sir Ben Ainslie and his Great Britain SailGP Team Presented by INEOS got off to the perfect start on Sydney Harbour today, winning all three races. Watch the full video replay here...
Posted today at 6:46 am
The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines, consistently very good
Building up to the 2020 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines 18ft Skiff team of Aron Everett, Courtney Mahar and Charlie Gundy are not only the big improvers in the Australian 18 Footers League's 2019-2020 Season fleet
Posted today at 5:20 am
U.S. SailGP Team ready for redemption in Sydney
Americans will line up against Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan and Spain For the United States SailGP Team, the past five months of training, playbook development and team building will be put to the test as SailGP's Season 2 kicks off tonight in Sydney Harbour.
Posted on 27 Feb