The Great Pacific Race : Adventure and Science on the Pacific Ocean
University of Hawaii , The Great Pacific Race and Project Kaisei collaborate on Fukushima Disaster Study
THE GREAT PACIFIC RACE: Adventure and Science on the Open Sea
Final Contestants of the GREAT PACIFIC RACE reached Honolulu last weekend after a 2,400 mile adventure
that started in Monterey, California over two months ago.
GREAT PACIFIC RACE support boat Captain Rod Mayer, took water samples at various points along the
course as directed by the University of Hawaii and Project Kaisei contributing to further study on the effects of
Fukushima Disaster Radiation on the Pacific Ocean. These samples were delivered to Henrietta Dulaiova.at the
University of Hawaii this week .
"It was my pleasure to assist the University of Hawaii with this study. I feel lucky to have been able to collect
such samples out on the high seas
and proudly deliver them to the University in person".
~Captain Rod Mayer
PROJECT KAISEI - Google Earth Hero recipient and the Ocean Cleanup Initiative of Ocean Voyages Institute
worked in conjunction with The University of Hawaii and GREAT PACIFIC RACE directors Chris and Sandra
Martin to empower participants in gathering scientific information and samples while crossing the Pacific.
"As our ocean rowers are now aware the ocean is an incredible and unique place. Ocean rowers travel slowly
and are so close to the water that they are more aware than most of those who cross the oceans of the impact
that people are having on this valuable environment. We are happy that during the course of experiencing the
ocean, our support vessels were able to assist in furthering ocean research."
Peter Crowley, Film Producer of THE GREAT PACIFIC RACE TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY and the
PROJECT KAISEI VORTEX DOCUMENTARY, cares greatly about our global ocean, has been one of the
core team at PROJECT KAISEI for over six years and brought Project Kaisei, The Great Pacific Race and the
University of Hawaii together for this important collaborative effort.
" It has been an amazing experience to be a part of this monumental rowing race across the Pacific Ocean and
add to credible science on a disaster impacting our Pacific Ocean and marine species. “
University of Hawaii Ocean Current Experts Dr. Nikolai Maximenko and Dr. Jan Hafner are affiliated with the
International Pacific Research Center School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology and have been
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closely collaborating with Project Kaisei/Ocean Voyages Institute since 2009. The continuing efforts of Project
Kaisei to have cataloged and recorded debris distribution, and done sampling and actual cleanup of debris have
assisted by the important research work of Dr. Maximenko and Dr. Hafner.
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII INTERNATIONAL PACIFIC RESEARCH CENTER - SCHOOL OF OCEAN
AND EARTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
We are an international climate research center, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. We seek to understand
the climate system and how it may respond to human activity by conducting experiments with computer
simulation models and by analyzing the many direct and remote observations related to climate.
Our mission is to provide an international research environment dedicated to improving mankind’s
understanding of the nature and predictability of climate variations and change in the Asia-Pacific region, and
to developing innovative ways to utilize knowledge gained for the benefit of society.
“As we have been involved in modeling debris distribution in the Pacific basin for many years and have
particularly followed the debris distribution after the tsunami in Japan, we value our continuing collaboration
with Ocean Voyages Institute as a source of date and information.”
Dr. Maximenko and Dr. Hafner.
GREAT PACIFIC RACE
New Ocean Wave Ltd are the organizers of the Great Pacific Race and have been built with the desire to help
people row across oceans. We do things a little differently from other race organizers, the vast majority of the
New Ocean Wave team has already rowed at least one ocean allowing us to offer unparalleled levels of service
and support based on firsthand experience. We believe this will help you achieve your dream of rowing an
ocean and allow us to better support you as we know what it can be like both on the ocean and whilst preparing
your ocean rowing campaign.
New Ocean Wave Ltd run a number of other ocean rowing events around the world as well as providing
specialist consultancy services to people with a passion for adventure. We also operate the NOMAN –
Barcelona to Ibiza race and can provide everything from weather routing services and specialist equipment to
support vessels and logistics for independent rowers around the world.
PROJECT KAISEI / OCEAN VOYAGES INSTITUTE
Project Kaisei in Japanese “Ocean Planet” is a scientific and maritime mission doing studies and expeditions to
the North Pacific Sub-Tropical Convergence Zone. Our expeditions beginning with 2009 have provided
photographic, film and scientific documentation of this North Pacific Gyre region. Our Think Tank of Naval
Architects, Marine Engineers and fishermen have provided cleanup solutions which we are testing and using.
Ocean Voyages Institute is a California based 501(c)3 non-profit public charity dealing with the preservation of
the maritime arts and sciences and the ocean environment.
“Our Global Ocean is an important piece of having a healthy planet. The ocean needs our attention now. We
must no longer use the ocean as a garbage pail and we must cleanup in past years now that we know better and
how urgently important our ocean eco-systems are to all of our health.”
Mary T Crowley, Founder Ocean Voyages Institute & Project Kaisei Co-Founder