Environment - The Plastiki - Boat patched, heading for Oz, finally
Yestereday, David de Rothschild and his mates on the plastic bottle catamaran Plastiki departed Noumea, New Caledonia, with course for the Australian coast. It is a 10-14 day passage for this kind of boat (not exactly fast) in fair winds. They hope to reach Sydney between the 18th and 25th of July, weather permitting. On arrival day we are anticipating a welcome flotilla and photo opportunity and then press conference, following that the crew will take part in various keynotes, roundtables and discussions. Regarding the structural reinforcements that had to be made in Samoa, de Rothschild said they concerned the brackets that connect the deck beams to the hulls and had buckled through the rig loads, the boat's motion and the hot weather. Read more.