Crew of Ocean Watch Arriving in New York Saturday, October 3
New York is Fourth Official Port Stop since transiting the Northwest Passage
Monday, October 05, 2009
Ocean Watch completes unique West to East transit of Northwest Passage on their Around the Americas Expedition Focused on Ocean Health
NEW YORK - After more than three months since departing Seattle on May 31 bound for the Arctic, theOcean Watch crew successfully completed the first of four legs of the Around the Americas expedition including the challenging transit through the Northwest Passage. Ocean Watch will stop in New York City, October 3 to 8, for a variety of onshore events and activities.
WHAT: Fourth Official Port Stop in East Coast Leg of Around the Americas expedition – Crew of Ocean Watch visits New York City
The Around the Americas expedition is the first environmental project of its kind to take a scientifically focused look at the health of the world’s oceans and the impact of global climate change on local environments and ecosystems. Ocean Watch will continue to traverse the east and west coasts of North and South America over the next 10 months. Daily reports of their progress are filed from the boat along with photos and video. There are opportunities to meet the crew during the planned port visits. The daily reports, images and current port schedule are available at www.aroundtheamericas.org.
The project, organized by Sailors for the Sea (Boston, Mass. and Newport, Rhode Island) in partnership with the Pacific Science Center (Seattle, Washington), has received major funding from The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and Unilever.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host Ocean Watch, scheduled to arrive in New York on Saturday, October 3 and remain docked at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on the Hudson River until it departs on October 8.
On Sunday, October 4; Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 6 from 1 to 4 pm, the crew of Ocean Watch invites the public to open house events – dockside near the Ocean Watch moorage space – to see the vessel and to meet crewmembers. The open house will include a dockside exhibit tent with marine science demonstrations for all ages.
WHEN: October 3-8, 2009 – berthed at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on the Hudson River at 12thand 48th Street
October 4, 5 and 6, 1-4 p.m. – open house, shore exhibit
SPECIAL MEDIA NOTE: A VIP Reception (Invitation Only) will be held at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Wednesday, October 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. If media wishes to cover the event, arrangements can be made in advance.
WHERE: Docking, open house, shore exhibit: The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum 12th and 48th Street
WHO: The open house and shore exhibits are free and open to the public.
CONTACT: Members of the media are encouraged to make prior arrangements if interested in talking withOcean Watch crewmembers as the crewmembers will be hosting several dockside exhibits, and provisioning the boat and tending to boat maintenance while docked in New York. Dan McConnell and Lauren Curley will be available on site and accessible by the phone numbers on this announcement to schedule interviews and photos.
About the Funding Organizations
Established in 2000, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations working in two main program areas: the environment and the arts. The Foundation’s environmental conservation program promotes responsible mining, healthy marine ecosystems, the enhancement of urban environments and the preservation of culturally significant landmarks. In addition, the Foundation fosters design excellence by supporting organizations dedicated to the decorative arts. For more information on The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, please visit www.tiffanyandcofoundation.org.
Unilever’s mission is to add vitality to life. We meet everyday needs for nutrition, hygiene and personal care with brands that help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Each day, around the world, consumers make 160 million decisions to purchase Unilever products. In the United States, the portfolio includes major brand icons such as: Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Hellmann’s, Klondike, Knorr, Lipton, Popsicle, Promise, Q-Tips, Skippy, Slim-Fast, Suave, Sunsilk and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Dedicated to serving consumers and the communities where we live, work and play, Unilever employs nearly 12,000 people in both the United States and Puerto Rico – generating nearly $10 billion in sales in 2008. For more information, visit www.unileverusa.com.
The Rockefeller Family and The Osberg Family Trust.
About Around the Americas
Around the Americas is an historic 25,000-mile clockwise-circumnavigation of the North and South American continents, never before undertaken in continuous fashion. The sailboat, equipped with some of the latest technology, along with scientists and educators who join during various legs of the voyage, is making 31 stopovers in 13 months to draw attention to the changing condition of the oceans. With major funding support from The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and Unilever, a non-profit consortium has been formed to make the public more aware of the plight of our oceans. The project was developed by Sailors for the Sea, a non-profit organization that educates and empowers the boating community to protect and restore our oceans and coastal waters, in partnership with Pacific Science Center, a nationally recognized leader in informal science and environmental education. The crew includes Captain Mark Schrader, a world-record-holding, solo circumnavigator and ocean race director, and three talented, experienced, professional sailors who are devoted to ocean conservation. Daily updates of the voyage and posted from the boat are available at www.aroundtheamericas.org.