Bodacious Dream Expeditions are an ongoing series of voyages of discovery and learning that bring the wonders and excitement of traveling the world’s oceans directly to you so that you might enjoy, learn and play along with us. Our boat, Bodacious Dream, skippered by Dave Rearick, is equipped for satellite Internet… so that we can regularly send story, photo and video updates while at sea, and respond to your questions and comments.
:: THE GLOBAL CIRCUMNAVIGATION! What has just been completed on June 14, 2014 was a long-dreamed of adventure of the sort that very few people have ever attempted; a single-handed sailing circumnavigation of the globe, that Dave and Bodacious Dream began on October 2, 2013 when he departed from Newport, Rhode Island on a voyage of adventure as well as one of learning and discovery.
Here’s how it went …
1) On December 3, 2013, Dave completed Leg 1, landing safely in Cape Town, South Africa, after completing the 8,000 miles voyage including a stop-over in Bermuda. While in Cape Town, Dave visited and filed updates on excursions to visit African Penguins and the Cape of Good Hope. While in Cape Town, Earthwatch published a news story on Dave and the Expedition.
2) On December 21, 2013, Dave departed Cape Town on Leg 2 bound for Wellington, New Zealand. On February 8, 2014, after enduring weeks of intermittent stormy seas, Dave safely landed in Wellington, New Zealand – a journey of over 7,000 miles. While in Wellington (where Bodacious Dream was built in 2011) Dave undertook a special excursion to visit Fox Glacier.
3) On March 26, 2014, Dave departed Wellington, NZ on Leg 3 which took him east to a waypoint in the Southern Pacific near 46°S Latitude and 147°W Longitude where he gybed Bodacious Dream north towards the Galapagos Islands. On May 1, 2014, Dave safely landed in the Galapagos Islands … one of Earth’s great nature preserves. Several reports followed.
4) On May 7, 2014, Dave departed the Galapagos Islands on Leg 4 with an initial stop at the Panama Canal. On May 17th, Dave and Bodacious Dream traversed the canal over the course of 12 hours. From there, he traversed the Western Caribbean Sea on a course that took him between Cuba and the Yucatan of Mexico before slipping into the Gulf Stream which carried him to a stopover for maintenance in West Plan Beach on May 30, 2014. He departed West Palm Beach on June 7, 2014 sailing up the eastern seaboard of the U.S. on route back to Newport, RI, and arrived at Jamestown Harbor mid-day on June 14, 2014 to a gathering of family and friends – thus completing the 256-day voyage and a full circumnavigation of the globe.
:: FOLLOWING OUR ADVENTURE! The entire voyage was accompanied by regular updates, published on our Expedition Blog. These were also posted to Facebook and Twitter. Many of Dave’s videos were uploaded to our BDX YouTube Channel and also included in our updates… and people could SIGN UP as well for our Email Newsletter!
:: LEARNING AND DISCOVERY! Our goal all along the way was to share Dave’s experiences in as direct and accessible a way as possible. We encouraged people to jump with us deeper into the wonders and beauty of the natural world that Dave traversed by sharing with the younger people in your world our Explorer “Study” Guides! Begin with this one on “Our Watery World” to get a feel for them.
We also encouraged folks to check out our “Citizen Science” page. Included there, you will see listed our up-to-date series of “Science Notes“ written for us by our Earthwatch ocean scientist, Tegan Mortimer who brilliantly picked up on what Dave encountered on the water and wrapped it up for us in beautiful scientific perspectives. Let the learning begin!
:: WE’RE STILL HERE! As always, should you want to, you can drop us a line from our “Contact Us” page – ask questions, make comments, say hi – we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. And thank you as always for your interest and support.
:: PREVIOUS EXPEDITIONS: Over the course of 2013, Dave conducted three other Bodacious Dream Expeditions, each of which was accompanied by regular updates, explorer study guides as well as photos and videos.
- Our FIRST Bodacious Dream Expedition of the Baja Peninsula concluded on April 5th. (The RECAP is HERE!)
- Our SECOND expedition ended on May 26th and was along the Atlantic Coast, and happened concurrently with the 2013 Atlantic Cup Race which saw Bodacious Dream hold onto its lead through two tough days of “inshore” racing to WIN the big prize! (The RECAP is HERE!)
- Our THIRD expedition concluded on July 22nd, and ran concurrently with the 2013 Trans-Pac Race - 2225 miles of open-ocean sailing from Long Beach, California to the Honolulu, aboard Bodacious IV. (The RECAP is HERE!)
So, come along and join the expeditionary force!
- Dave Rearick & The Bodacious Dream Expeditionary Force