SHIPS THAT SCOUR THE SEA
There are 254 ships in the fleet, pretty evenly scattered in the five ocean gyres of plastic waste. They fuel themselves using the recovered material and will work until the seas are clean.
SV Cornelia has been getting better and better every year because of the kind love and attention Barry Spanier has been giving her over the eleven years we've had her. We got her in August 2009 and her transformation has been amazing. She just keeps getting more beautiful every year.
Please enjoy the journey in celebration of her 46th year. Commissioned in September 1974, she is number 24 out of 120 plus Westsail 42's that were built.
And age has only made her more comfortable, relaxing to be on and is happy to sail in light or heavy winds, (she prefers the 'magical carpet ride' at 6 - 7 knots downwind). She never gets wet and always looks lovely. She reflects the style, sophistication and pride of being her age....just like the lady she was named after, Cornelia Spanier, who lived a full life to the age of 102.5 years.
CORNELIA SPANIER loved to sail. She sailed on Barry's Seminole, The Sir Francis Drake, many others; and of course on the boat named after her - SV Cornelia.
For her 100th birthday she hired the Trilogy catamaran for her closest 80 friends, from all over the mainland and Hawaii; and she sailed on SV Cornelia till she was 101.
Her motto always - "DON'T THINK OLD"
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In 1977, while living in the little yellow house by the River Vaipoiri, a different boat came to paper and then lived on as a dream. Patrick Humbert was my friend though all of the adventure beyond the end of the road. We lived the barefoot vagabond life and dreamed of new boats.
We would spend lazy hours in deep discussion about making boats with the fewest moving parts, the simplest of everything, and even limited use of metal. So we drew dreams of cargo space, deck living, shallow draft, up-the-river kind of craft. The junk rig was logical and would be cheap and could be repaired anywhere with just about anything you can find. There were asymmetrical lee-boards externally like Dutch canal boats. We even fantasized electric power or none at all. All a little crazy for 1977.
Episode 26, Part 1
Long before Barry Spanier started Maui Sails and became a legend in windsurfing sail design, he built a ferro-cement sloop in San Francisco and sailed off to the South Pacific. He was running away from the madness of the 1960s, but he found plenty of new crazy adventures, from "borrowing" the 76-foot Alden Schooner Constellation, to having a curse put on him, to loosing his boat and almost his life when he was shipwrecked off New Zealand.
Episode 27, Part 2
In the 60s, Barry Spanier built a boat in San Francisco, sailed it through the South Pacific and then lost it, and everything but his life, in a shipwreck. Starting over again, he launched a sail loft in Hawaii, Maui Sails, and became a legend in windsurfing sail design. Today he's building another boat at the Berkeley Marine Center. The Rosie G is a junk rigged, scow-bow 42-footer designed by Jim Antrim. HAVE A LISTEN!
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Barry Spanier became involved with sailing in 1956 and windsurfing in 1979. His designs have been used to set world speed records, and powered one sailor to a dozen consecutive PWA World Championships. Now the full circle, the love of voyaging, a sail loft,
and a needy but solid vessel
keep the days full.
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I’ve been thinking about how to get the oceans clean of plastic for a long time. However, on December 9th, 2018, I found myself on Cornelia in the harbor. It was a nice afternoon with a good breeze through the cabin, and I felt directed to gather some drawing tools, a scale ruler, a blank sheet and an eraser. Previously I had sent a sketch to a friend and he immediately wanted a real drawing.
It just went down, like a fluid thought. Not just the drawing but a flood of ideas about where this can go. All the research into gasification, the possibility of the idea being self-sustaining until the sea is clean, filled the moment. At one point it was so emotional I was sobbing and asking, ‘Why me?”
I made a long career out of ideas, but only because they were actually realized. Ideas are free. It takes calories to make them reality. I now more than ever believe there are so many calories waiting for us in the ocean, we will be stunned. All that remains is to find the skills in the community (ship design, gasification engineering, plastic-to-oil technology, raw guts) and STSTS will abound.
It’s now just a matter of time.
SV Cornelia is a 1974 Westsail 42. Bought in 2009 and named after Barry's 102 year old mother, Cornelia Spanier, Barry has completed 4 haulouts, rig replacement, installed a new bowsprit and stern pulpit, engine overhaul, complete interior renovations and electrical rewiring, deck resurfacing, rail replacement, new dodger and awning; new mainsail tracks and mainsail cover....and more.
Commercial Sail Associates (CSA) was formed to encourage shipment of product by sailing vessels, saving on fossil fuels.
"Sailing ships are powered by an energy source free of direct cost, political control, and pollution, and available in unlimited supply. Escalating oil prices will continue, and costly “efficiency” improvements on existing cargo delivery systems will never result in stabilized costs for us, the users of the service, as long as ships burn oil."