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              Guest For TUESDAY JANUARY 28, 2019

                                 SOANYA  AHMED

      

        

                           305 Days Non-Stop at Sea

                Longest Continuous Time for a Woman

                            at Sea Without Re-Supply

               

 

Contact: Soanya Ahmad                                                         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phone: 928-257-3100  

Email: Soanya@1000days.net

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED FOR THE LONGEST SEA VOYAGE IN HISTORY,

BUT IT’S NOT OVER YET

On January 16, 2010, New York City artist, adventurer and sailor Reid Stowe, on his 70 ft. gaff-rigged schooner Anne, will finally have accomplished his goal of remaining at sea for 1,000 days (2 years, 7 months and 4 days) without re-supply or touching land, in the process setting or breaking 4 world records.

Stowe, a NYC artist/sailor departed land on April 21, 2007 to attempt the longest sea voyage in history, 1000 days non-stop at sea. The longest continuous time on record was 657 days held by the Australian, Jon Sanders after his triple circumnavigation in 1987. As Reid approached Sanders’ solo record on Day 964 Sanders wrote, “Well done Reid. Good luck mate.”

Stowe left port in 2007 and was accompanied by his girlfriend and first mate, Soanya Ahmad. Together they sailed from the Hudson towards the Atlantic on a ship laden with three years worth of food, solar panels for energy, large tarps to catch rainwater, a laptop, an iridium satellite telephone, and a Metocean tracking unit that would verify the path of the 1000 days voyage (see google map at www.1000days.net)

Fifteen days out the Anne was involved in a collision with a freighter in the North Atlantic. After drifting for a month, Stowe was able to repair the ship enough so that the couple could keep going. Hundreds of days passed sailing through storms, schools of dolphins, flying fish, colorful sunsets, and demanding physical work to maintain the schooner. As Stowe and Ahmad entered the rougher winds and waves of the Southern ocean, Ahmad experienced debilitating nausea believing it to be seasickness. She was transferred off the coast of Australia to another boat which ferried her to back to land where it was confirmed she was pregnant. She returned to New York to have her son.

Stowe continued on alone to face the infamous Cape Horn, sail after sail blowing out, low water supplies, one knockdown, and a broken desalinator. Finally, in the Pacific Ocean around day 550 things took a turn for the better. Stowe completed a drawing in the shape of a whale with the course that he sailed. This was the second conceptual ocean art drawing of his career, the first one being a drawing of a sea turtle in the Atlantic in 2001 when he sailed for 197 days out of sight of land. Stowe continued on into the Atlantic and sailed a course in the shape of a heart, which he dedicated to the mother of his son Darshen, now 18 months old.

More than just a sailing voyage attempting to create a record, the 1000 days at sea is an exploration into the spirit of man. Stowe writes in his logs:

”I want to inspire people of spirit to venture where they will and tolerate no hindrance to their seeking. I forge ahead with intensity and fierce emotion and hope and love for everyone else. I hoot and cry when I suddenly see the big moon after weeks of seeing no moon. This feeling of awe and impulse to worship is at the heart of my desire to be at sea and without it I would sail fast to the nearest port.” (Day 630)

Armed with plenty of food, supplies, a positive outlook and a strong determination to finish successfully, Stowe continues onward into the blue wilderness.

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Please 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.

Note: Beyond 1,000 days!!!

Day 1,000 of Stowe’s challenging voyage (January 16, 2010) would put his return to NY harbor in the middle of winter when the storms of the North Atlantic are at their peak. As a result, Stowe has decided to sail with the variable winds and currents of the Atlantic doldrums, planning to return instead on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at which time he will have passed 3 years and will end up at 1,151 days total.

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The program can be viewed in its entirety by clicking the you tube link below:  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUoxqwi6cRc - SOANYA AHMED

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More about: SOANYA AHMED & REID STOWE

Reid Stowe was born Jan. 6, 1952 in Moses Lake, Washington on an Air force base. Stowe grew up traveling, but spent most of his summers in North Carolina at his family’s beach house. He built his first boat in the front yard, a catamaran named Tantra, at the age of 20. Stowe then sailed with one other teenager, Ivo Van Laak, to Asia, Africa, South America and back to North Carolina over the course of three years. Upon his return, Stowe built the schooner Anne in 1978 at the age of 25. In 1987, he sailed her to Antarctica with seven other people. It was just before leaving on the Antarctic voyage that Stowe conceived of going 1000 days at sea though it would be years before he would actually leave. In the interim he pursued his lifelong passion to establish himself as an artist. Stowe’s artistic and sailing endeavors were intertwined from the start. He sculpted protective figureheads in the tradition of ancient seafaring cultures and created abstract paintings that helped him envision and plan the 1000 days sea voyage. Eventually, Stowe found he had to put art aside for a while to focus exclusively on preparations for his historic attempt. Despite the lack of funding, and limited skilled labor available, on April 21, 2007, Stowe was finally able to embark on a dream two decades in the making.

Past Voyages:

The Voyage of the Lightship Tantra  1972-1974      Made in the catamaran Tantra, with Ivo Van Laake, a Dutch sailor, a voyage to four continents where paintings and sculptures were made relevant to the circumstance and place.

The First Arts and Cultural Expedition to the Seventh Continent    1986-1987      Made in the schooner Anne with a crew of eight people from five nationalities. The Anne visited the dangerous ice bases of the United States, China, Russia, Chile, and Argentina bringing Arts and Cultural activities to a continent of ice and a few scientists.

100 Days at Sea          1995    Made on the Anne and was the first time Stowe sailed a voyage based on time at sea rather than going from place to place. The sail from France to North America usually takes less than a month, but Stowe was beginning to question man’s endurance on the sea.

The Odyssey of the Sea Turtle            2001  Made on the  Anne with French sailor Laurence Guillem, who was then his wife,  197 days out of sight of land. The couple sailed a course in the shape of a giant sea turtle with a 5,000 mile circumference. It is possibly one of the largest works of art ever created and meant to remind the world of the ancient wisdom of Aesop’s fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare,” to go slowly but surely instead of fast and rash.

The Search for the Argonauts                        2003    Stowe and a crew of five people sailed from NY to the Caribbean in search of crew for the 1000 days voyage. They found a lot of rough weather, but no takers for crew.

1000 Days Non-Stop at Sea    2007-present   Stowe intends to sail the schooner Anne non-stop without re-supply on the longest sea voyage in history.

Soanya Ahmad was born Oct. 5, 1983 in Queens, New York. The eldest of three children, she was raised by parents who emigrated from Guyana. She attended The City College of New York where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in photography. After having photographed many black and white harborscapes of cities on the east coast, she became interested in learning more about the waterfront, prompting her to pursue a second degree in Maritime Technology at Kingsborough Community College.

Soanya came into contact with the 1000 Days Non-stop at Sea expedition at the beginning of her third year in college as she was photographing the piers of Manhattan. Having worked various office jobs through college, she realized the office cubicle was not for her. Instead she decided to follow her own expansive spirit in a less limiting environment. The sea offered the perfect opportunity. Three years after her first encounter with the project, though she had never been on the ocean, she decided to accompany Reid Stowe on his greatest and most challenging voyage yet. Having lived aboard the schooner for a year before leaving, Soanya had time to learn basic seamanship skills, and to prepare for three years away from civilization. While at sea Soanya was involved with all aspects of the voyage, especially with photographing, videotaping, organizing, and inventorying as well as operating all of the computers and communications equipment and managing the electrical charging systems.  

Schooner Anne is a 70 ft. gaff-rigged schooner built in 1978. It was designed based on 20th century Gloucester fishing schooner and is constructed from ferro-fiberglass on steel mesh. It took Stowe, with the help of friends and family, two years to construct her. She was originally named Tantra Schooner but her name later changed to the Anne in honor of Stowe’s mother. The Anne is equipped with four water tanks able to hold a total of 1200 gallons of water. She left port with tons of food including various kinds of rice, pastas, sauces, beans, coffee, cheese and more. There was no refrigeration onboard. She carried 30 bottles of propane gas for cooking, a ton of coal and wood for the fireplace, a laptop, an iridium satellite telephone, navigation equipment, a tracking unit to verify their path, cameras, spares for everything and ten solar panels to generate electricity.

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Voyage Highlights

 

Day 0- 4/21/07- Reid and Soanya depart terra firma on the Schooner Anne from Hoboken, NJ.

 

Day 1- 4/22/07- First day at sea.

 

Day 4- 4/26/07- Navy re-routes the Anne to a more southerly course due to military testing.

 

Day 15- 5/6/07- Collision with a freighter. The Anne drifts for a month while Reid repairs the bowsprit and rigging and re-cuts sails to fit the new stubby bowsprit.

 

Day 34- 5/25/07- After repairs, two sails out of four are now able to be used.

 

Day 40- 6/1/07- Three out of four sails are up and propelling the schooner forward.

Day 45- 6/6/07- R + S catch their first mahi-mahi.

 

Day 75- 7/6/07- First bottom cleaning

 

Day 90- 7/21/07- Crossed the equator into the South Atlantic.

 

Day 100- 7/31/07- DAY 100!

 

Day 193- 11/3/07- Second bottom cleaning.

 

Day 200- 11/8/07- Day 200! Records are about to be created.

 

Day 226- 12/4/07- Entering the Roaring 40’s. Soanya is nauseas to the point of bed-ridden.

 

Day 237- 12/15/07- Past the Cape of Good Hope.

 

Day  248- 12/26/07- Soanya realizes she must leave, but there is no land nearby. The next port will have to be in Australia, what should have been one months away, but due to gales was two months away.

 

Day 300- 2/16/08- The mainsail blows out for the first time. Will R+S be able to make the rendezvous off the coast of West Australia?

 

Day 306- 2/22/08- Soanya is safely transferred to land. The manager of the Royal Perth Yacht club, Stuart Walton, came out in his motor boat 11 miles offshore (they would have done it out of sight of land, but the night before a gale blew and the waves were rough and choppy, less than ideal to go boat hopping in deep waters.) of Perth, Australia to make the rendezvous That was the first time either Reid or Soanya had seen land in ten months.

 

Day 340- 3/27/08- Reid passes under Tasmania. He is now sewing torn sails after torn sail and will do so for the rest of the 1000 days.

 

Day 365- 4/21/08- One year at sea!

 

Day 400- 5/25/08- Day 400.

 

Day 452- 7/16/08- Soanya gives birth to a son back in NYC. Reid is in the eastern Pacific.

 

Day 455- 7/19/08- Desalinator breaks down. Reid hasn’t caught a good rain in months and had started using the desalinator to compliment his water stores. Now he has to make do with one gallon of water per day and hope that catch-able rain falls sometime soon.

 

Day 475- 8/10/08- It finally rains enough to fill all the tanks and Reid now has enough water for at least nine months.

 

Day 500- 9/5/08- Halfway there! And still going.

 

Day 530- 10/5/08- Reid completes a conceptual drawing of a whale with the course that he sailed in the Pacific Ocean. The drawing began unintentionally.

 

Day 592- 12/4/08- Third bottom cleaning of the Anne.

 

Day 600- 12/12/08- Headed for the Southern Ocean again.

 

Day 638- 1/19/09- Rounds Cape Horn.

 

Day 658- 2/8/09- Created an unofficial new record for the longest continuous sea voyage in history without re-supply. However, since Reid was not sailing solo all that time, he did not break Jon Sanders’ record.

 

Day 661- 2/11/09-  Reid capsizes briefly. He was shaken, but otherwise unhurt.

 

Day 700- 3/23/09

 

Day 749- 5/11/09- Reid finished a conceptual drawing of a heart with the course that he sailed. He dedicated it to Soanya celebrating her first Mother’s day.

 

Day 800- 7/1/09- Reid found himself in a place where he could rest for a while, not sew sails all the time, and engage in painting more.

 

Day 900- 10/9/09

 

Day 908- 10/17/09- A great blue heron lands on the boat. A short, but beautiful friendship blossomed between Reid and the heron. However, ten days later it died, and Reid sailed on.

 

Day 964- 12/11/09- Reid broke the record for the longest non-stop solo sea voyage in history. No one past or present, accompanied or alone, has been at sea without stopping or re-supplying for this long.

 

Day 970- 12/17/09Reid’s last working computer breaks down. He can only communicate via the Satellite telephone or very short text messages through the GSC 100 Orbcomm unit.

 

Day 1000- 1/16/10- Reid celebrates the New Year in the Atlantic doldrums just north of the equator. He plans to stay there until it is time to sail back to NYC.

Records Made or Broken:

Longest man and woman non-stop sea voyage.

Previous: Bernard Moitessier and wife- 191 days

Reid and Soanya- 306 days

 

Longest non-stop time a woman has spent at sea without re-supply.

Previous record: Kay Cottee- 189 days (solo & non-stop)

Soanya- 306 days (non-stop)

 

Longest non-stop solo voyage without re-supply.

Previous Record: Jon Sanders- 657 days

Reid- 694 days and counting

 

Longest non-stop sea voyage without re-supply.

Previous record: Jon Sanders- 657 days

Reid- 1000 days and counting

 

Longest non-stop America sea voyage.

Previous record: Dodge Morgan- 150 days

Reid- 1000 days and counting

Note: All previous records cited, except for Jon Sanders, are given to the best of our knowledge. The sailing authorities that we have checked with have not been able to provide facts to the contrary.

The Guiness Book of World records depends on the World Sailing Speed Record Council to verify sail records. However, due to lack of funds before leaving, the fee for verification could not be paid. The WSSRC has refused to verify the record after the fact. The 1000 Days voyage is verified though the independent company MetOcean, who receives daily position reports from the ­Anne via satellite.

 

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                                        Tuesday January 28,  2010  

                                     (11:00 AM -  NOON / (NYC Time)           

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                                 Cable Television Systems in Manhattan, New York.

            The Program can also now be viewed on the internet at time of cable casting at

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