Thanks to the blog I have been writing for the past four years (Google Earth Blog), we were fortunate enough to form a partnership with Google which will enable people to follow our trip in Google Earth. Then we formed a partnership with VideoRay (makers of underwater cameras in a remote operated vehicle – or ROV). We plan to blog about our adventures with the Tahina Expedition blog, generate maps and share GPS tracks and photos with Google Earth, and video content with the ROV onboard Tahina. So, next we approached National Geographic to see if they would be interested in sharing our content with some of their online readers/viewers.
One of my lifetime dreams has always been to be involved with a National Geographic expedition, and maybe someday take photos like those found in the Society’s legendary magazine. When my wife and I decided to make our sailing trip into an expedition, so we could help raise awareness of issues faced by our oceans, we immediately thought about National Geographic.
National Geographic has a long history of studying the oceans and reporting on important ocean issues. And it turns out they have recently started their Ocean Now web site, which is dedicated to ocean conservation and exploration. They were thrilled with the idea of tapping into our story over the next 5 years, and inviting their explorers to rendezvous with Tahina at sea to make use of the ROV, our aerial kite camera system, and our vessel as a research platform. They plan to follow our voyage on their new blog devoted to exploration, National Geographic BlogWild. And they hope to share what we’re doing with a global network of students, to inspire a new generation to care about the seas.
It’s amazing to be embarking on a lifetime dream of sailing around the world. But to also be involved with National Geographic is especially thrilling to me.
With help from National Geographic, we hope more students will be encouraged to follow along on our journey as we share our experiences, our maps, and the sights we see. We think our site will be a wonderful way to learn about geography, history, cultures, weather, sailing, the environment, and about marine life. The Tahina Expedition will also be available as a platform for basic research as we travel to unique destinations rarely visited by scientists. We will capture as much of the experience as possible, and National Geographic will help share our observations.