When Sid Imes and I sailed in to Cocos Keeling I was amazed to see that
the most current Nautical Charts are still those made on 1 April 1836 when the
HMS Beagle under Captain Robert FitzRoy arrived to take soundings establishing
the profile of the atoll as part of the survey expedition of the Beagle. Also
aboard, one young Charles Darwin.
When I tell people that I want to build a Floating Living Island
, they sometimes think that I also want to start my own society, currency, culture, etc. Well the truth is...
In the future, Roving Data Buoys as big as islands will sail autonomously through troubled oceans, driven by new sail technology, powered by natural forces, cleaning and revitalizing ocean dead zones and creating habitat that nurtures sea life while communicating data back to land via satellite on the state of our seas.
And I want to build the first one...
How often do you take your lifeboat for a spin?
Are you sure that in the event of a maritime disaster that your lifeboat is well prepered. A prudent mariner would check all emrgency gear on a regular basis, but it doesnt have to be a chore; It could be a Race!
The annual Key West Lifeboat Racing Series is intended to get people to test out their emergency gear on an anual basis.
For 3 years in a row, the winner has been this little beauty pictured here, but its not because she's fast, its because of the rules...
And you'll be rewarded! With Prestigeous Prizes, and international acclaim!
But only if you win the Design Competition!
Below is a letter I wrote a couple of years ago to the inventor of a type of Floating, Living Island. it outlines the subject I hope to turn into a reality one day.
Dear Mr. Kania
My name is Eric Wartenweiler Smith and I want to sail one of your floating islands across the Caribbean Sea....