Wednesday, 15 May 2013

All aboard

Our resident sailor Dr Martin Ostrowski has escaped the laboratory once again to take part in an exciting adventure on the high seas. Dr Federico Lauro, an ARC DECRA fellow at UNSW and accomplished sailor, transformed the delivery of a yacht from Cape Town to Singapore into an amazing oceanographic research sampling expedition that will explore marine microbes and their involvement in some of the major global processes throughout some of the most under-sampled waters of the globe.
The Indigo V, a Nautor Swan 61, or for the relatively non-nautical people like me: an 18m sail boat, will accommodate several consecutive 7-strong crews of scientists from around the world during each of the four legs of the transect: Cape Town - Mauritius - Maldives - Phuket - Singapore.

The voyage has already attracted quite a bit of press coverage in some of the major Australian newspapers (Sydney Morning Herald) and radio (ABC). The work and adventures of the sailing scientists will also be recorded in a documentary being filmed on board the ship along the way!

A Live blog and some more details on the research voyage can be found at the following link.

Come back on this blog too for some updates from the escapee.

Indigo V

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