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Ocean Pioneers

$37,270 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 70 people in 7 months
Ocean Pioneers  was established to galvanize a global community of sailors and ocean lovers behind blue projects and organizations that ensure the sustainability of earth’s $24 Trillion ocean resources. Ocean Pioneers raises awareness and funds, focusing on activating the 4.3 million annual participants in sailing events around ocean philanthropy

Founded by Rob Hamilton-Kelly and Sam Hornsby, Ocean Pioneers manages donor commitments to partners and organizations including leading charity Oceanic Global
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Thank You!

A few weeks ago the II Tender made landfall in Antigua.

The clue to our Atlantic challenge was in its name. 18 days at sea did not disappoint in terms of the spectacle of the ocean and the range of reflections that we drew from it. The trip itself was longer than expected; a strong initial storm disturbed the normally reliable trade winds and left us drifting in the ocean for several days, waiting for breaths of air and willing clouds to cover the spectacular stars. We moved south, eventually picking up speed and ending the journey with spectacular downwind sailing - keeping our largest spinnaker raised and powered up day and night.

We also took many lessons from the sea, taken as we swapped 3 hours shifts, tending to the boat, and nursing the helm. We learnt that whales will swoop and play in the wake of a boat with the agility of dolphins. We learnt that the lone Atlantic birds will circle a yacht, saluting a solitary companion, for as long as day has light - and that the light of stars and planets at night, 2,000 miles from land, can shine as bright as a torch in the hand.

Sadly we also saw the ever present mark of mankind’s hand upon the environment. While we only saw three ships, we saw layers of plastic. Bottles, crates - its there, the dirt on the surface of this life giving oasis. Having been carried safely by its mass across the ocean, we are inspired to help protect it.

With this in mind, we wanted to express our huge thanks and humility for the support - for your support. Through our website and other donations we exceeded our $50k fundraise target and are now focused on working with Oceanic Global and other marine conservation charities to help to preserve our environment. We look forward to continuing this work as Ocean Pioneers going forward.

Thank you again - we look forward to swapping stories with many of you. Pictures from the voyage can be found on the Ocean Pioneers Instagram @ocean_pioneers and a short video of the trip will soon be ready.
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Raised by 70 people in 7 months
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