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The Voysc team is pleased to announce our affiliation with Earth Echo International and their global water monitoring project. We will be working with our classrooms in team water quality testing and reporting as the Little Ship sails on!

EarthEcho International
The EarthEcho Water Challenge is a program of EarthEcho International, a non-profit organization founded by Philippe Cousteau dedicated to equipping young people with the tools needed to take action around critical sustainability issues. The Water Challenge is an international program designed to engage community members of all ages (and students in particular) in monitoring their local water quality, sharing their data through our global database, and ultimately taking action to protect their local water resources. Since the launch of the program, over 1.5 million participants in 143 countries have been part of this effort. You can learn more at

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Happy New Year

Thanks for stopping by.

It's been a busy couple of years with much travel, handling large heavy objects (boat and gear in crate), sailing and rowing through a wild and windy place, 45 days living aboard with about two hours off the boat, exploring in nature using muscles and mind, boat building classes and so much more. All in all (as always) it has been the people who have touched my life during this time that have made it special . It has been a wonderful small boat experience and I am happy I put in the effort.  I hope to continue using one proper little ocean going micro yacht for good, she is morphing into a sailing classroom! This seems a great destiny for a little boat.

I spent years of my time in preparation and paid my way without sponsors. Sponsors aside I had so much help from so many people and this is what made my voyage possible. I enjoyed sailing in the simplest of manner, free, not on the hot seat to have to produce any result for anyone else. I sail…
Happy New Year To All

Where to begin as I embark on one new years resolution, which is to keep this blog updated much more frequently as it has morphed into being the official VOYSC blog.

I guess the best spot is to roll back to a quick recap of the small boat voyage I took last year. It was a great expereince, hardships and all.

My boat shipped to Punta Arenas Chile on the shore of the  Strait of Magellan. I flew to Chile on December 3rd and got to work doing final provisioning, seeking ouyt charts and other tasks. Several friends traveled to Puta Arenas to spend time with me before I departed. The key person in the group was John Welsford. He and I had a plan to use his fine offer to join me in final preparations. In the end he and I teamed up to do a number of tasks including building a new mast. Phil McGowin flew in from Boise Idaho, always good to have a doctor along and Phil was key in helping me obtain some antibiotics in Chile. Thanks Phil.

John Welsfords lovely wife Denny cam…

So it's game on in the life of the little ship Southern Cross and her best friend.
The photo above of me and my young friend in Puerto Williams, Chile. The photo was taken by his father and my friend John Cano. I like it and think it is a great way to introduce a unique project I have a role in along with my boat Southern Cross. Read on for a glimpse of the ongoing adventures we are planning. This is now the official blog of the Voyage of Southern Cross Education Program.

Where is Southern Cross now and where is she headed next?
The "Little Ship" is in her dedicated shipping crate sitting on the shore of the Strait of Magellan just north of Punta Arenas Chile. Winter is coming on there and her crate is covered in snow.

At the end of June she will set forth on the next leg of her round the world journey. In her crate she will be placed in a container and put aboard a ship bound for Seattle Washington. She is scheduled to arrive in th…
Here is an old but important video clip shot by Josh Colvin. I flew in to Seattle and on to Port Townsend in March 2012 to assist the SCA team with capsize testing. I believe they thought I was there just to help them and I was but I also had another reason.

Since I was an early adopter of the design (I purchased two kits #2 and #3) before the prototype was finished or launched I wanted to know if my hunches about the boats stability were right. So I became the chimp in the capsule so to speak and went out in very cold breezy conditions and proceeded to test as one member of a team. What a boat! I learned what I wanted to know after numerous capsizes including full turtling (upside down) and from there proceeded to build and modify my boat for the voyage below 40 degrees south in Chile.

Through the ensuing years I developed classes to teach safety aboard SCAMPs and have taught many sailors (both SCAMP sailors and others) how to prevent capsizes and how to manage them should one happe…
Hello Friends
The photo above was taken during the capsize testing I assisted the Small Craft Advisor test team with. Honored to be able to offer a little insight and experience to an experienced team consisting of Josh Colvin, Simeon Baldwin, Russell Brown, Eric Wennstrom and Kees Prins. Nice to be included in such company.

The photo above is of Southern Cross early in her build. In the back ground you can see the cabin (upside down) of my other micro mini cruising boat Tinker Bell and exact duplicate of Robert Manry's Atlantic solo boat Tinkerbelle.

Right now Southern Cross is crated and sitting on the shore of the Strait of Magellan awaiting shipment back to the US (Seattle) so she can begin her next voyage and if all goes to plan it could be a good one.

The posted photos below can be viewed as a bit of a place holder until I have more real information to post about the conclusion of my recent voyage and the plan ahead. In hope you enjoy the photos.
Southern Cross crated and aw…