On Wednesday July 11, Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean departed Edgartown, MA to begin our “Rhode” trip of the sea.
First stop: Providence, RI
We pulled away from Edgartown Yacht Club as the sun was rising to begin a potential day and a half sail to Providence, but the ocean must have been just as excited as we were to get there. With great wind and a favorable current the entire trip, we made it to Providence Community Boating Center (PCBC) by 7pm that same day. The staff greeted us enthusiastically as we docked American Promise and settled in for our 3-day visit. We kicked off our stay Thursday morning introducing students from a local STEM education program to the top 10 trash items found in the ocean, giving boat tours, and using the ROV to go trash hunting. In the afternoon, we had more fun learning about and picking up marine debris with young sailors from PCBC’s summer program. Friday and Saturday were filled with similar programming, including several hours where the public was invited to explore American Promise and check out some of the work we do. We also had some time to bond with the fabulous staff at PCBC as we broke out the paddleboards and Laser sailboats for an afternoon of water play and watermelon. After picking up 1,823 pieces of debris and working with 130 participants we were reluctant to leave Providence, so we extended our stay one more day to get some extra boat work and data input done, but on Monday morning we said goodbye to PCBC and sailed off. We did manage to take a little piece of PCBC with us, as a staff member, Sean, joined us for our sail to our next destination…
Second stop: Jamestown, RI
Rozalia Project arrived in Jamestown several hours after leaving Providence. Upon arrival we had just enough time to set up before the delightful children of Jamestown hopped on board. We discussed marine debris, searched the ocean floor for trash with the ROV, and played the “Name That Marine Debris” game with 30 students and counselors from local camps. The day flew by, especially with the help of Sean, and before we knew it we were getting ready to set sail again for our final Rhode Island destination. Little did we know that American Promise would not want to start her engine. After hours of fiddling with the engine, we began to accept that we would not be able to sail out that night and would have to make other arrangements to get to our programming the next day. It wasn’t until well after dark that we heard the roar of the engine. Captain Kyle and his brother Shane had saved the day!
Rozalia Project docked at the Alofson Pier in Newport in the middle of the night. We immediately passed out in our bunks to get some sleep in preparation for the busy 2 days in Newport. Tuesday and Wednesday were action packed as over 100 young sailors from Sail Newport stopped by to learn about marine debris. Between trash races, ROV, and one beach cleanup, we picked up 1,715 pieces of trash! We couldn’t have done it without the excitement and enthusiasm of Sail Newport’s staff and sailors, so thank you all!