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Recently we had the opportunity to go and clean up Melbourne’s Yarra River.  The project came about through our friends at Cleanwater Group when they were cruising the river with the Yarra Riverkeeper Association looking at places to install drain buddies and other catchment devices.  Aaron, who has been out on our boats in the past, saw a major issue of polystyrene and plastic bottles piled up in the reed grass beds that line the Read more

The RQYS management committee has confirmed that approval has been given to create a ban on bottled water that comes in plastic containers. This will place the club as a leader in environmental impact management in Australia and around the world. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club earlier this year did likewise. Who’s next? Speaking with General Manager Shawn Ket, Commodore Ian Threlfall and Vice Commodore Mark Gallagher, Ocean Crusaders were told that the committee Read more

There are many people I’ve met in life, but few have made as good an impression as Miguel Andagana did on me today. Here in Santa Cruz in the Galapagos, they don’t allow you to put your dinghy ashore so you catch a water taxi in and out from your yacht.  We’re fine with that as it supports the local economy and means we don’t come back to find a sea lion asleep in our tender or Read more

Welcome to our blog for the Plastic in the Pacific Crusade.  If you missed the earlier editions please use the category search in the footer to go back and read them.  They are listed under Plastic in the Pacific.  Over the coming year we will be writing regularly of our adventures and what we are seeing.  In this article we write about our sail from Greece to Italy, Arriving in Palermo, diving Ustica and then Read more

Welcome to our blog for the Plastic in the Pacific Crusade.  If you missed the earlier editions please use the category search in the footer to go back and read them.  They are listed under Plastic in the Pacific.  Over the coming year we will be writing regularly of our adventures and what we are seeing.  In this article we write about our sail down to Greece, picking up our gear sent from Australia and Read more

Welcome to our blog for the Plastic in the Pacific Crusade.  If you missed the earlier editions please use the category search in the footer to go back and read them.  They are listed under Plastic in the Pacific.  Over the coming year we will be writing regularly of our adventures and what we are seeing.  In this article we write about taking delivery of our yacht, preparing it for a year at sea and Read more

The pharmaceutical industry has soared in recent years, improving the health of the nation and ensuring that we live longer than ever before, with the life expectancy of the average Australian now exceeding 82 years of age. There is no denying that there are numerous and incredible benefits of modern pharmaceuticals and everything that the industry encompasses. The flip side of this, though, is that many of those prescribed pharmaceutical products are disposed of incorrectly Read more

Lurking in the oceans are creatures far deadlier than sharks.  You encounter them every day, yet you don’t know they are silently killing you.  How will you react when you next see these killers?  Will you make a choice to step away?  Our choices today make a difference tomorrow. As we are at the top of the food chain, we are eating these deadly species and taking in their toxins.  Here is a guide to Read more

The Keen to Clean campaign is all about cleaning up and when we arrived in a little island in Sweden, we saw a mess and decided to spend 20 minutes cleaning up.  2 dead birds later we had cleaned up a heap of old fishing net.  Not a good thing to find.  We didn’t make any art out of it, we were too upset with the dead birds. I’ll let the images tell the story. Read more

It is not often we get new additions to our team but we now welcome on board ‘SUSKY’  She is our new yacht that will carry our campaign around the world for the next year.  Whilst we actually took ownership of her in late June, we did not pick her up until the 24th July when we flew into Croatia after our wedding in Sweden.  She was lying in Grabastica which is a small town Read more