May 4th, 2010, posted by David de Rothschild Tags: David de Rothschild, Islands, Plastiki daily update

Hey, this is David phoning in from the Plastiki!

It’s been about almost a week since we reached Christmas Island. Although it’s hard to tell really, the time does just seem to disappear out here and we’ve all switched on to ‘Island Time’.

It has been a very full schedule, lots of school talks and meeting with environmental youth groups. The boat maintenance consumes a lot of our days, Matt and Graham have been fixing the rudders which got a little damaged as we were towed into the dock. David.T has been working on repairing the sail with Jo to get that ‘shipshape’ as they say! All the galley food has been bought up from the hulls, which have all now been sponged down and cleaned out. We’ve also now replenished our kitchen stocks with some new food for the next leg of the journey.

We should head out on Friday, so we’re getting very close to hitting the high seas again. We’ll be welcoming some new crew and fresh minds on board, everyone seems to be very happy and there have been no major arguments! The new crew members have already flown in: Graham Hill from TreeHugger, Luca Bambini the photographer and also the new National Geographic film maker who will be replacing Max.

There are lots of land crabs running around which make me laugh – seeing as we’re a bit of a ‘Land Crab’ group – and we’ve come to an island full of them!

Christmas Island is beautiful; the people keep on smiling, giving and being really supportive. It will be sad to leave here but it has been a phenomenal stop, it’s really had a huge impact on us, the crew. I definitely think that the message has seeped out across the island. It will be great to see what projects and initiatives come out of the classes we held in the years to come.

So…everyone’s happy, I’m off the bed, it’s been another long day. We’ll be putting all of the water on the boat tomorrow and then we’re pretty much ready to go; we’ll just be waiting for the right weather.

Hope all is well, thank you for checking in. We’ll be in touch very soon.

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  1. Tyler Bradt says:

    Ya Team!!! What an epic journey, congratulations and good luck on the rest of the voyage!

  2. Laurel Bunce-Polarek says:

    So glad you’re keeping in touch in every way you can! The messages are really fun to read. I’ll be looking forward to the new crew’s postings as well, as they will be seeing, hearing, feeling and smelling everything anew! Oh, and tasting. Keep safe.

  3. Dave Stewart. says:

    Great work you and the crew are doing. Your message is getting out there, my kids in Kamloops, BC, Canada are now aware of the junk floating around in the ocean. Safe travels on your next leg. Those crabs are awesome looking!

  4. Hans Bernwall says:

    Hi from Scanmar to the entire Plastiki crew.

    I am looking at your webpage every day at the office and I wonder how the MONITOR is working for you. I hope that your Monitor is steering Plastiki all the time as long as there is wind and boat speed over two knots. Please give me an update and if you have any questions, we are here to help.

    Allways downwind,


  5. dbear says:

    Does Max’s departure signal the retirement of the left handed fishing rig?
    Will you be securing the fishing gear on future Fridays?
    Safe Voyage…

  6. Grant says:

    I am in 5th grade in Illinois and found out about your adventure after my grandpa sent me an article from his newspaper. I have since been regularly tracking your progress. My family has long had a tradition of making boats out of milk cartons. I thought you might like this video of the milk carton boat I made last summer. Our power source was neighbors and friends, we had 11 of them on there at one time. My dad made a cardboard milk carton boat with his dad 25 years ago. Our boat is also a picnic table in our back yard until the lake warms up again this summer. (it is called Moo Maid II in Youtube search)

    Good luck on your trip.

    Hope this video brings a little smile on your travels. You should be very proud of the amazing boat you have built.


  7. Steve Nienhaus says:

    Oh man you people are so lucky to have this all happen in you’re lives. I have sailed to the parts of the world you are sailing through and have never forgotten the sites and smells. I have been following the progress since you left San Francisco. I would be interested to know what happens when you get to Australia and the game plan you have there.
    I sailed down to Darwin from Manila as skipper in a 60 ft steel sailboat called the Pacific Peacemaker in 1985, a different cause (pro indigenous peoples—Nuclear Free zone era.) I will never forget the spice islands of Indonesia, simply marvelous and wonderful even though at the time East Timor was burning down in occupation.
    May the wind be at you’re backs and smiles be on all you’re faces, be safe.
    Best regards Steve Nienhaus, San Lorenzo. New Mexico.

  8. Valeria says:

    Hi everybody, I would tell all Italy about your expedition against pollution, but I will start from people I know :)
    Very happy to hear news from you, hope you are doing well as it sesms.

  9. Shore Crew says:

    Wow that looks like great fun! Great to see more bottle boat constructions – love that you get all year round use by doubling it up as a garden table :0

  10. Ceparie says:

    I discovered Plastiki via Oprah’s Earth Day show. My household recycles almost all our paper and plastic and we actively preach to others about how important it is.

    I had a sailboat when I was young, I love the water, the ocean, the wind in my sails but I can only dream about it now, my sailing days are over.

    I have enjoyed reading your blog on this great adventure and commend you on such good work. You have given me much to imagine about.

  11. Francesca says:

    Dear David and crew,
    I’ve been following your amazing expedition from Peru and and am in the process of writing an article for the main newspaper in Lima. It is an incredibly inspiring and courageous journey, carry on strong and best of luck in this new leg of the trip! Researching the Kon-Tiki, I came across a statement by Heyerdahl where he was saying that one of the marine attaches in Callao bet the whole crew all the whisky that they would ever be able to consume that they would never make it to the Pacific Islands. I hope they managed to honor the bet, but it led me to wonder if you or the other crew members, received any outrageous bets of this kind prior to the trip? Also, has the Plastiki surprised you as a boat per se in some way? Any particular thing that you were definitely not expecting regarding how she has behaved in high seas? I imagine that you and the crew are super busy but just wanted to throw these questions in case you did have time to answer them
    Thanks again and best wishes from this side of Pacific!