Mother and daughter: sailing for change

Mother and daughter   Jennifer and Athena   will sail 5,300 nautical miles crossing  the Atlantic Ocean as volunteer crew on the Avontuur, a refurbished 100-year old, 142 ft. schooner, shipping cargo-under-sail.

This means: Zero Carbon Emissions 

Our voyage will start in Germany and end in Marie-Galante in the Caribbean.

The journey will take an estimated 62 days, from early January to mid March 2020. 

This will be the centenary voyage of the Avontuur, marking 100 years of  transporting cargo under sail!

Each of our lives is entangled with the ocean.  

Who are we?
We are a mother and daughter who have been working together: feature film writer & director Jennifer Corcoran and composer & performer Athena Corcoran-Tadd. 

Why are we doing this?
For two reasons: 
First, we are taking action for change by offering our time, 24/7 for over two months: because the global transport of cargo-under-sail does not create pollution and is a way to preserve our oceans.

It is an action from which we all  – human and non-human – benefit!

Second, we’re making the next feature film of a cycle. The first film was the award-winning She Sings to the Stars.  The second is a collaboration between Jennifer and Athena; and the whole cycle is produced by Jonathan Corcoran, Jennifer’s brother.

With a working title Am Ocean, the film script is now completed with strong interest from an Irish co-producer. It is a story of the entangled relationship between the ocean and a young woman whose livelihood depends upon it.  Faced with its collapse, she challenges our human complacency and asks: is this a time for revolution or a radical evolution?

The ocean is an important character in the story.

In a poetic sense, we feel the open sea has something intense and intimate to reveal to us for the film – both creatively and technically. We are going out there to listen. 

The most powerful tool we have to create change is our imagination. 

And your support is an investment in us to create this film!

Who are we sailing with?
Timbercoast is a German company founded to revive cargo shipping under sail to promote social and ecological sustainability in the shipping industry by being a flagship for change. Their plan is to create a modern sail cargo fleet.

Timbercoast has  just received an award for the 2020 European Transport Prize for Sustainability!  

Have you ever stopped to wonder how most of what you use in your daily life comes to you? More than 90% of goods are transported via the oceans around the world. 

But the way the goods reach you is having a hugely-negative environmental impact that damages the lungs of our Earth. Scientists have found that 80% of the oxygen on Earth  is produced by phytoplankton in the ocean. And the ocean absorbs up to 50% of our CO². 

With extremely high greenhouse gas emissions, sound pollution, whale strikes, marine and coastal pollution,  the existing container shipping industry is destroying our oceans.

And even  so-called sustainable, organic or ethical goods are currently being carried on ships that pollute the sea. 

But clean sea transport is possible!

Why now?
The holidays have been transformed and are now heavily commodified by industry. How might we celebrate without  resorting to yet more materialism? Where and how we choose to spend our money can have a huge impact. Perhaps, instead of buying things, we can channel our generosity toward projects we believe in. In this case, for example, you can give the gift of a donation in the name of family and friends. You, and they will be part of enabling a vision like this. 

Undertaking this 5,300 nautical mile, 62-day voyage as crew on a 142 ft. sailboat will be a potent encounter with our own limits in the face of the raw power of the ocean itself. We are up for the challenge!

Are you onboard? We would be honoured to have you join us. Every contribution counts!

How much are we raising?
• €6,700 – Ship passage [€3,350 per person]      
• €197 – 2.9% Fee for GoFundMe platform       

TOTAL €6,897 no later than JANUARY 1, 2020 for it to be possible!

Why does it cost this much? 
• Food and board for two people x 62 days at sea/port
 (This works out to be just over €50/day per person:  Consider what a night in a hotel would cost - not to mention food!)
• Sailboat maintenance
• Port tariffs 

Our heartfelt thanks.

Jennifer Corcoran:

Athena Corcoran-Tadd:

  • joan alexander 
    • €50 
    • 14 mos
  • Nicholas U McDougal 
    • €5 
    • 14 mos
  • Marjorie Smith 
    • €50 
    • 26 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • €50 
    • 30 mos
  • paolo Faiella 
    • €50 
    • 31 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Athena Corcoran-Tadd 
Jennifer Corcoran 

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