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If the ocean could speak… Thoughts at sea from Erika

If the ocean could speak, what would it say? I imagined this would be an incredible experience, but I cannot believe that it would be so beautiful from the beginning. Looking at the sunset, the sunrise, the dolphins that swim next to Sea Dragon, the light of the stars that reflect into the water, the […]

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Looking back on eXXpedition by First Mate Emily Caruso

I cannot recall how many times I have advised my crew that much of what we come to appreciate and love about our sailing adventures occurs in retrospect. It was for this reason that I chose to pause upon my return and wait a while before taking the time to document any final thoughts and […]

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Balance

Last night I could finally see the moon after a few cloudy nights. It was yellowish and its brightness could reflect upon the ocean even though it was a crescent moon. It looked like it was smiling at us, at Sea Dragon and at the ocean. It looked like two clouds were holding it, and […]

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Drama in Guyana

The night before we began our epic journey into the Essequibo we experienced our strongest squall of 35 knots. It was by no means unmanageable but the night watch were taken a little by surprise and there was an all hands call to reef the main and get the boat steady. There were numerous lights […]

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eXXpedition VS Vacation.

This is something that is joked about on the boat plenty. Many of us, before leaving, encountered friends, loved ones, and colleagues who referred to this as a vacation. Maybe we wax poeticly we are the types to always look on the bright side. This post describes some of our daily challenges. Brazil, tropics, sailing, […]

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Galley Gourmet

Before leaving for eXXpedition many people warned me about food at sea. This was underscored by tales of craving fresh foods from the eXXpedition Ascension crew that we spent about a week with in Recife before boarding Sea Dragon. I love growing food, I love cooking food and I love eating food. So I was […]

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Days of science

Day 8 – Amazon 2015 Apologies for the silence but the sun and heat does funny thing to ones brain – it turns it almost to mush. After we celebrated Lisa’s birthday with a delicious pad thai and vegan coconut and tapioca cake last night, it was my team’s turn to do the 8 pm […]

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Slow living

As Sea Dragon glides forward beneath the soft blanket of a thousand stars, a courteous reef in her main and riding a gentle South Easterly swell. I notice the turn of the planet, Orion drawing a slow arch overhead in the four hours of our night watch, we have talked about the relative speed that […]

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Interconnection

Last night Ana led us in a discussion about the interconnection between global politics and our quest to make the unseen seen on this eXXpedition. We talked about all the complexities of world powers, their unspoken agreements, the interplay of global power with oil, gas and mining corporations, and the impact at the local level. […]

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