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Exploring Oceania, Supporting Oceana

Posted Fri, May 13, 2011 by Emily Fisher to catherine and neville hockley, circumnavigation, dream time, fiji, oceania, raivavae, sailing, tahiti

Almost a year ago we told you about Oceana supporters Neville and Catherine Hockley, who for the past four years have been circumnavigating the globe on Dream Time, their 38 foot sailboat. They left behind their lives on land to pursue their passion – exploring the world by sea.

So far they have sailed a whopping 16,000 nautical mile and done some incredible things: they’ve swum with humpback whales in Niue, free-dived with giant manta rays in Fiji, and visited the enchanted islands of the Galapagos. The couple also writes articles about their travels, and the proceeds go towards Oceana’s work to protect the oceans.

They shared with us some of the thousands of gorgeous photos they have taken, and we wanted to share them with you too:


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David de Rothschild Reflects on Plastiki

Posted Wed, Dec 15, 2010 by Emily Fisher to adventure, david de rothschild, great pacific garbage patch, kontiki, pacific gyre, plastic in the oceans, plastic pollution, plastiki, sailing

Last night a few of us here in New York attended the ninth annual Green Drinks NYC Holiday Party. We chatted with some passionate conservationists at the Oceana booth, and were treated to a presentation by special guest speaker, David de Rothschild.

As you probably know, earlier this year, de Rothschild sailed from San Francisco, California to Sydney, Australia, on the Plastiki, a 60-foot catamaran made out of 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles. He spoke to the crowd about the voyage and reflected on the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans.


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Sailing Across, and for, the Oceans

Posted Fri, Jul 2, 2010 by MollyH to Catherine Hockley, Neville Hockley, ocean blogging, sailing, sailing around the world

The Dream Time (left) in Aitutaki, Cook Islands. Credit: Catherine and Neville Hockley

What’s your dream?  Playing in the Super Bowl?  Winning an Oscar? Sailing around the world?

If it’s the last one, take a hint from Oceana supporters Catherine and Neville Hockley, and go for it.

The Hockleys met the boat of their dreams in 2000 and immediately began planning the journey of a lifetime.  After seven years of preparation, they set sail for their epic adventure around the world.  They are still at sea (currently in Fiji) and plan to remain on their global voyage for…well...as long as they want!


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Sailors Detour for Whales

Posted Mon, Apr 27, 2009 by Emily Fisher to north atlantic right whales, sailing, whales

volvo ocean race

You may have read about the around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race on our OCYC blog, but here's a first for the race: as the NYT reported, the seven remaining yachts had to make a detour to go around a whale sanctuary near Boston this weekend. The boats, which can reach 30 mph, sailed around the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the North Atlantic right whales that are feeding in the area. Due to the boats' speed, a collision with a whale can be disastrous for both parties -- the animal may be killed and crew members could be thrown into rigging (that's the sailing apparatus, for all you non-sailors). Marine mammal collisions are increasingly a problem. Several sailors in the recent Vendée Globe race sustained severe damage to their boats after hitting what they believed were marine mammals. And one sailor in the Artemis trans-Atlantic race last May had to abandon his boat after he reported striking a large sea mammal.


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