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Black Tie International:
Reid Stowe Returns Safely To New York
After Record Breaking 1,152 Days at Sea

 


LONGEST SEA VOYAGE IN HISTORY
ENDS JUNE 17, 2010

New Yorker Returns After Record
1,152 Days
at Sea


Congratulations Reid!!!!!

It's GREAT to Have You Back
Safely In New York...

WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT
(Mars & Back)

Joyce & Gerard

Black Tie International Magazine

 

 
Reid Stowe's 70-ft. gaff-rigged schooner Anne

Reid Stowe's 70-ft. gaff-rigged schooner Anne

New York City artist, adventurer and sailor Reid Stowe

New York City artist, adventurer and sailor Reid Stowe

Soanya Ahmad, Darshen and Reid Stowe

Soanya Ahmad, Darshen and Reid Stowe

 


New York City artist, adventurer and sailor Reid Stowe, on his 70-ft. gaff-rigged schooner Anne, concluded his epic 1000+ Days non-stop and non-resupplied sea voyage. Stowe returned to New York Harbor, where he started, on
Thursday, June 17, 2010, after logging
1,152 days at sea.

 

            Stowe was accompanied by a flotilla of boats up the Hudson River to Pier 81 (Circle Line/World Yacht pier) where he disembarked at 1 p.m. and stepped foot on land for the first time in over three years. He was reunited with his companion, Soanya Ahmad, who sailed with Stowe for the first 306 days of the voyage, but had to leave due to morning sickness. Ahmad now holds the women’s record for the longest non-stop sea voyage. Stowe also met, his son Darshen, for the first time. Darshen was conceived at sea and is now almost two years old. 

            Stowe left port April 21, 2007, accompanied by his companion Ahmad. Together they sailed from the Hudson towards the Atlantic on a ship laden with three years worth of food, beans for sprouting, solar panels for energy, large tarps to catch rainwater, a laptop, an Iridium satellite telephone, and a JouBeh satellite tracking unit that would verify the path of the 1000 days voyage (see Google map at www.1000days.net). Stowe survived a collision with a freighter on day 15, endured tough repairs with limited supplies, through the loss of his companion and only crewmember when she had to leave the boat due to nausea, and through the solitary days that followed. Still, Stowe managed to create two large scale conceptual art drawings with the course that he sailed, the shape of a whale in the Pacific and a heart in the Atlantic.

            Why 1000 Days?

            One thousand days is the time estimated for a future mission to Mars, which will have similar attributes of isolation and vessel self-reliance – hence the project’s name, “Mars Ocean Odyssey.” Stowe’s primary motivation is “to take exploration on the sea further than anyone has before.” Linked to thousands of followers on the Web, on day 638 he writes, “…it takes more to live at sea than a good boat and all the preparations, skills and psychology than you can imagine. It takes the continued support of the loving consciousness of humankind.”  Despite numerous mental, physical, and emotional hardships that would have caused another person to head for the safety of the shore, Stowe remains optimistic, finding strength in a deep spiritual connection to the sea. 

            Visit the official website at www.1000days.net to read daily blogs from the Anne, see her current location, hear audio clips, and much more. 

 

1000 Days Non-Stop At Sea

Arrival Details

 

June 17, 2010

 

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Flotilla  welcomed Stowe from south of the Verrazano Bridge to Pier 81

 

Noon (approximately)

 

Best viewing of the Welcome Flotilla was along the esplanade – Battery Park City

Many brought signs saying
“WELCOME HOME, REID!!!”

 

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Welcome event on Pier 81 (Circle Line/World Yacht) Foot of West 42nd Street & Hudson River

Stowe landed, reunited with family, greetings by NYC VIPs

Pier 81 event  was generously hosted by Circle Line / World Yacht

Free food & champagne was donated by Circle Line / World Yacht

June 20, 2010

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Welcome party at Pier 66 Maritime Foot of West 26th Street & Hudson River

Fundraiser for Stowe

Music, food, bar – Meet Reid Stowe and celebrate 

Tickets available on www.1000days.net

 
 

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joyce@blacktiemagazine.com

 
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