Activities: tell me more
Our main focus is research but it is more complicated than that.
We will explain below in more details what a typical day is.
We research wrecks, we collect samples, and we explore ancient harbors. Whatever we do we always in awe with the beauty of the underwater world.
Upwind or downwind. Fast or very slow. In calm seas or through hurricanes. If your core skills are not sailing, you will learn. You can't really understand the history of navigators if you don't sail yourself.
We have radar, AIS, multiple GPS units, Satellite communication. But we must be prepared if we lose power or if the mast gets hit by a lightning strike
But we do many other things
We sail away from harbors and marinas. There is no help unlike European or US ports. We maintain, repair and modify everything ourselves. The ocean environment is hard on equipment. No electricity means no drinking, no cooking and no navigation and communication equipment.
Food management and cooking are important. There is likely no supermarket next to where we are anchored. We need to plan in advance, maintain our fridges and freezer, make sure that the water we drink (and make) is good. If you have zero skills in that area (but still loves to eat) you will be assigned to washing dishes (and will learn to save water).
Snorkeling, paddle boarding, sight seeing.
We also sometimes do nothing and simply enjoy the sunset with a cold drink in hand.
We Climb the mast
We like taking photos from the top but nobody likes climbing the mast. Alas, halyards get wrapped the forestay, the VHF antenna has a bad connection or a crew member has let go one halyard.
On a passage we sometimes have to stand watch all night (vessel traffic, bad weather, uncharted reefs) and we have to sleep well. Recovery is important to be ready for the unexpected. When the sun is burning at noon, there is nothing better than a good nap.
Planning is non stop.
What is the weather forecast? When will we arrive? When will we run out of diesel and/or food?
Where do we have to clear Customs and Immigration?
Where can we pick up that missing part for the watermaker?
We are Rode trip Expeditions
As a not for profit venture, our goal is to raise private funding to provide support and scholarships for researchers, educators and students.
Our vessel is a unique platform to explore remote locations in total autonomy.