If you know anyone from IBC then you know we hate garbage in our oceans. Midway and Laysan are prime examples of what “away” means when you throw something away. Those secluded distant low islands are magnets for tons of plastic debris adrift in the pacific. If we look closer to home we see even more plastic waste in our marinas, bays and beaches choking our mammals, birds and fish to the brink of extinction.We’ve all heard or seen the pacific gyre garbage patch and thought how it kills sea life on documentaries but what has anyone done? Enter The Rozalia Project….
The Rozalia Project contacted IBC for one of our Bombard Commando’s (that we love so much) by way of recommendation from Skip Novak of Yachting World’s “Storm Sailing Techniques” series. Skip uses a Bombard Commando C3 for his polar adventures, so does our very own Mike, Ron, and many many others. The Rozalia Project is preparing for a polar mission to conduct plastic garbage clean up and research on environmental concerns before it’s too late for this big blue marble we call home. Their Bombard Commando C3 is able to pack down and stow on The Rozalia Project’s green mothership ( the greenest sailing vessel in the world) American Promise.
The endeavor is one that seems impossible given the size and scope of the ecological nightmare we all face but one The Rozalia Project and Bombard Commando C3 is facing head on. Take a look at some of the photos we received from members of The Rozalia Project earlier this week. Don’t try doing this with a traditional boat or you will be sunk!
If you haven’t done it yet go to The Rozalia Project’s website and support their cause, and see what you can do locally. Portlanders looking to get involved locally can contact The Human Access Project to volunteer.
If you are looking for a boat that does it all contact The Inflatable Boat Center (503) 235-2628.