It's historic, adventuresome, exhilarating, and requires swift skill and navigation. It takes place in unbiased and merciless territory. And it's really, really fun - especially when you have access to someone else's boat and crew.
I was excited this past Labor Day when my family had a chance to sail around San Francisco Bay. Not only did it facilitate a great afternoon nap, but it also launched a conversation about the Plastiki: a boat being built in San Francisco out of 12,000 plastic bottles. This November, the Plastiki Expedition will sail out beyond the Golden Gate and across the Pacific to make a statement about ocean exploitation.
With a day of sailing under their belts, my kids might be able to understand what it means to venture out beyond the bridge. With a computer at our fingertips, the kids can follow this adventure online, and learn about the length of time it will take to make an ocean crossing. We can talk about how the pile of trash it will be sailing through in the Great Pacific Gyre is actually what's being used to keep this particular boat afloat. So thank you David de Rothschild, for spearheading an example which can inspire today's children to become tomorrow's problem solvers (or at least that's what I hope for this little lady right here).