By providing advanced navigational software and C-MAP MAX Pro cartography to the 13-month Around the Americas expedition, Jeppesen Marine is doing more than helping a small crew of adventurous sailors safely circumnavigate the Americas aboard a 64-foot sailboat. Jeppesen Marine is helping raise awareness of critical ocean health issues and educating thousands in the scientific community and general populace as the Ocean Watch visits 31 ports in 11 countries on its 24,217-nautical mile, yearlong journey.
In actuality, the Around the Americas project — a joint venture of Seattle’s Pacific Science Center, the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Lab and Sailors for the Sea — has the potential to reach millions more people worldwide through the media and online. In addition to face-to-face meetings and discussions with educators, scientists and the media at each of the scheduled port stops, voyage organizers will provide direct access to voyage updates through web-based field reports and create bi-lingual educational materials available free to classrooms, after school programs and homes. The scope and nature of this ambitious educational voyage is certain to attract widespread media exposure everywhere the Ocean Watch travels, as well as around the world. A film and book about the expedition are also planned.
The Around the Americas expedition is scheduled to depart Seattle, Washington during June 2009, and return to Seattle sometime in July 2010. The planned route will take the Ocean Watch through the Northwest Passage, down the United States East Coast, around Cape Horn and up the United States West Coast. Her crew will consist of Mark Shrader, project director and captain; David Logan, first mate; Herb McCormick, watch captain and marine journalist and David Thoreson, watch captain, cameraman and photographer. During certain legs of the journey, they will be joined onboard by various scientists, educators and other VIP guests.
“We’re honored to play a role in this important expedition and proud that our electronic charts will be used to help guide the crew of the Ocean Watch,” said Michelle Buckalew, senior marketing manager, Jeppesen Marine. “On this ambitious voyage for environmental education, these sailors will navigate remote waters rarely encountered by boaters. The group’s selection of Jeppesen Marine as electronic chart provider to support this challenging journey is testimony to the accuracy, detail and feature-rich performance of our marine cartography,” added Buckalew.
The crew will be navigating using Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Admiral MAX Pro navigation software operating C-MAP MAX Pro cartography. This is Jeppesen Marine’s most advanced electronic chart platform for recreational marine use, with a host of specific features beneficial to the crew of the Ocean Watch. These include the ability to overlay real-time and 10-day weather forecasts onto the charts, Virtual World 3D display for detailed three-dimensional presentations of land and sea contours, and 2D and 3D satellite photo overlays. This system also provides instant online access to Notice to Mariner chart changes on a weekly basis — providing the Around the Americas sailors with the most accurate and up-to-date electronic navigation charts available.
For more information on the Around the Americas expedition, and to follow the journey as it unfolds online, visit www.pacsci.org/aroundtheamericas.
To learn more about C-MAP MAX Pro cartography and the full line of electronic navigational products from Jeppesen Marine, visit www.jeppesen.com/lightmarine.
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