MIRACLE AT SEA: We Saved Sea T [...]
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MIRACLE AT SEA: We Saved Sea Turtles Stuck in Fishing Net


Location: Indian Ocean
Latitude: -33.14000000
Longitude: 81.83000000
Published: 28 Apr 2024

Sailing Indian Ocean

On day twelve of our blue water ocean passage, sailing the Indian Ocean, we discovered two sea turtles, entangled and helpless in a ghost net, floating miles from the shore. The netting was caught around the turtles bodies, flippers and feet, cutting into their skin and shells. We pulled the net and turtles to the stern of our boat, where the boys got to work cutting the exhausted turtles free.

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Rob, Rachel, Finn, Declan, Ivan

In 1997, after rowing at the Atlanta Olympics, Rob rowed a tiny 7m (22 foot) plywood boat 2,500 miles from Tenerife (Canary Islands) to Barbados (Caribbean). It took six weeks for Rob and rowing partner, Phil Stubbs, to complete winning the inaugural Atlantic Rowing Race.

Skip forward to 2014 and, married with three children, Rob and his wife Rachel purchased Javelot, a 43 ft Fountaine Pajot catamaran. Armed only with Rob's 3 years of racing P class yachts from the age of 11 to 13, and Rachel's non existent sailing knowledge, We set off to learn the ropes of ocean sailing. We broke stuff, replaced stuff and got to know their boat before heading offshore with the kids, Finn (then 13), Declan (then 11) and Ivan (then 8), in tow. Through trial and error we have become confident wayfarers, kind of.
The plan? To sail around the world.
Part of the journey will be retracing Rob’s eldest brother Kerry’s travels at sea. Using Kerry’s original letters from the 1970’s we hope to retrace his movements from Australia through Indonesia and South East Asia to Cambodia where Kerry’s life was cut short after straying into Cambodian waters in 1978. Kerry and two friends were attacked by a Khmer Rouge gun boat, captured, tortured and executed. www.brothernumberone.co.nz
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