Crew of Ocean Watch Arriving in Miami, Monday, October 19 After Completing Tour of the East Coast of North America, and Unique West to East Transit of Northwest Passage on Their Around the Americas Expedition Focused on Ocean Health

October 16, 2009

MIAMI, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ — After nearly five months since departing Seattle on May 31 bound for the Arctic, the Ocean Watch crew successfully completed the first of four legs of the Around the Americas expedition including the challenging transit through the Northwest Passage. Ocean Watch will stop in Miami, October 19 to 25, for a variety of onshore events and activities.

WHAT: Sixth Official Port Stop in East Coast Leg of Around the Americas expedition — Crew of Ocean Watch visits Miami

The Around the Americas expedition is the first environmental project of its kind to take a scientifically focused look at the health of the world’s oceans and the impact of global climate change on local environments and ecosystems. Ocean Watch will continue to traverse the east and west coasts of North and South America over the next 10 months. Daily reports of their progress are filed from the boat along with photos and video. There are opportunities to meet the crew during the planned port visits. The daily reports, images and current port schedule are available at www.aroundtheamericas.org.

The project, organized by Sailors for the Sea (Newport, Rhode Island and Boston, Mass.) in partnership with the Pacific Science Center (Seattle, Washington), has received major funding from The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and Unilever.

Sponsored by The Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, Ocean Watch, hosted by University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), is scheduled to arrive in Miami on Monday, October 19 and remain docked at Bicentennial Park, floating dock (just north of American Airlines Arena) until it departs on October 25.

The crew of Ocean Watch invites the public to see the vessel and to meet crewmembers throughout their stay in Miami as they host a dockside exhibit tent with marine science demonstrations for all ages.

WHEN: Public Events

October 19, 2 p.m.Ocean Watch Arrival Ceremony

  • Procession down Government Cut with escort from fire boat, R/V F.G. Walton Smith, Coast Guard
  • Ocean Watch arrives at Bicentennial Park
  • Welcome Ceremony/Presentations — keys to the city, commendations, burgees
  • VIP Tours of Ocean Watch vessel

Location: Government Cut and Bicentennial Park, floating dock (just north of American Airlines Arena), Miami, Florida

October 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Sailing in Ice: A Public Presentation by the crew of Ocean Watch. Attendees to include crew of Ocean Watch, Rosenstiel School faculty and students, representatives from the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation.

Location: University of Miami, Rosenstiel School Auditorium, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway

October 24, 12-4 p.m. - Boat Open House plus Community Fair featuring local environmental, educational, conservation organizations. Interactive booths featuring conservation organizations; activities, exhibits, mini regatta by Shake-A-Leg Miami in basin and Ocean Watch tours.

Location: Bicentennial Park, floating dock (just north of American Airlines Arena), Miami, Florida

October 25, Ocean Watch departure

Special Events by Invitation Only

October 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m., 12-1 p.m. – Outreach with local students – Physically/mentally challenged SALM youth & possibly DFYIT (Drug Free Youth In Town); St. Stephen’s 5-6th grade students

Location: Shake-A-Leg Miami, Coconut Grove, Florida

October 20, 6-9 p.m. – Private lecture (media invited) by David Thoreson with Ocean Watch and Around the America’s team. Attendees to include the LYC Marine Science and Maritime Affairs Committee, Dr. William W. Dolan Lectureship Committee, club members, junior sailors, St. Thomas Aquinas High School marine science club.

Location: Lauderdale Yacht Club (LYC), Fort Lauderdale, Florida

October 21, 1-3 p.m. – High school lecture by Ocean Watch crew at assembly/presentation. Attendees to include MAST high school students, Jr. ROTC Coast Guard.

Location: Maritime and Science Technology (MAST) Academy, Virginia Key, Florida

October 23, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. – Field Trip to experience local ecosystem/environmental issues. Attendees to include Ocean Watch crew, RSMAS scientists, Biscayne National Park rangers and staff, representative from the Herbert W. Hoover foundation.

Location: Biscayne National Park, Homestead, Florida

WHERE: Docking, open house, shore exhibit: Bicentennial Park, floating dock (just north of American Airlines Arena), Miami, Florida

WHO: The arrival ceremony, Sailing on Ice presentation and open house and shore exhibits are free and open to the public.

About the Funding Organizations

Established in 2000, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations working in two main program areas: the environment and the arts. The Foundation’s environmental conservation program promotes responsible mining, healthy marine ecosystems, the enhancement of urban environments and the preservation of culturally significant landmarks. In addition, the Foundation fosters design excellence by supporting organizations dedicated to the decorative arts. For more information on The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, please visit www.tiffanyandcofoundation.org.

Unilever’s mission is to add vitality to life. We meet everyday needs for nutrition, hygiene and personal care with brands that help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Each day, around the world, consumers make 160 million decisions to purchase Unilever products. In the United States, the portfolio includes major brand icons such as: Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Hellmann’s, Klondike, Knorr, Lipton, Popsicle, Promise, Q-Tips, Skippy, Slim-Fast, Suave, Sunsilk and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Dedicated to serving consumers and the communities where we live, work and play, Unilever employs nearly 12,000 people in both the United States and Puerto Rico — generating nearly $10 billion in sales in 2008. For more information, visit www.unileverusa.com.

The Rockefeller Family and The Osberg Family Trust.

About Around the Americas

Around the Americas is an historic 25,000-mile clockwise-circumnavigation of the North and South American continents, never before undertaken in continuous fashion. The sailboat, equipped with some of the latest technology, along with scientists and educators who join during various legs of the voyage, is making 31 stopovers in 13 months to draw attention to the changing condition of the oceans. With major funding support from The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and Unilever, a non-profit consortium has been formed to make the public more aware of the plight of our oceans. The project was developed by Sailors for the Sea, a non-profit organization that educates and empowers the boating community to protect and restore our oceans and coastal waters, in partnership with Pacific Science Center, a nationally recognized leader in informal science and environmental education. The crew includes Captain Mark Schrader, a world-record-holding, solo circumnavigator and ocean race director, and three talented, experienced, professional sailors who are devoted to ocean conservation. Daily updates of the voyage are posted from the boat and are available at www.aroundtheamericas.org.

SOURCE Around the Americas

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