NOVARA VISITS EASTBOURNE - Sept 22
The Novara on one of her polar missions, anchored interestingly beside an iceberg. The vessel is a high latitude specialist expedition yacht, custom built to be independent and provide life support for several months at a time. She is an aluminium-hulled Bestevaer 60c, designed by renowned naval architects Dykstra and built by leading yacht builders KM in 1997. Novara was designed as a high latitude icebreaker research vessel with a unique aerodynamic platform built by Damon Roberts of Magma.
Members of the Cleaner Ocean Foundation were very privileged to meet the crew of the Novara, at an event in Eastbourne, generously hosted by the Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club, and the United Nations Oceans & Climate group, with the assistance of Plastic Free Eastbourne, on the 4th September 2022.
The event was well attended, compeered by Gonzalo Alvarez and Oliver Sterno and opened by the Deputy Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Candy Vaughan. The audience heard from Steve Brown via a live video link, who showed us pictures and movie footage of his expeditions in the Novara from 1997 onwards, with interesting anecdotes on the trials and tribulations of sailing in inhospitable waters, with some serious ice caking the vessel - which, fortunately - has double glazing and other insulation to keep the cabin temperature bearable for the crew, during meals and rest periods.
During his time on passage to the Falkland Islands, Steve Brown endured the most challenging conditions with hurricane force headwinds that necessitated the use of a drogue and running SE away from his destination for 42 hours.
We learned that at one point the Novara was driven onto a freezing shore by high winds, becoming beached - when things started to look very bleak. But then not long after a distress signal was triggered, the Chilean Navy turned up to offer the intrepid adventurers a tow back into the water - having at first offered a rescue. Amazing!
All in all, this is an extremely interesting project, with a great team - in a world that should be aiming for circularity, but is struggling to meet Agenda 21 (Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro) from 1992, and Paris Climate Agreement objectives from 2015. Let us hope the team can help to turn the tide of public opinion to influence change. We will be avidly following their progress, and wish them every success, with each nautical mile they travel; Zero Emission.
EASTBOURNE DEPUTY MAYOR - The Deputy Mayor was kind enough to say a few words, to open the event.
Councillor Candy Vaughan (Liberal Democrats), Eastbourne Town Hall, Grove Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4UG. Phone: 01323 655732 Email: Councillor.Vaughan@eastbourne.gov.uk
OCEAN ADVENTURERS - Dr. Nigel Jollands and Veronica Lysaght speaking at the Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club in Eastbourne on the 4th of September 2022. After the presentations, Nigel and Veronica very kindly hosted a boarding party on the Novara. A beautifully built (and re-fitted) yacht, still looking good after 24 years of reliable service.
Dr Nigel has worked on climate change research, action, policy and finance for 30 years. He’s provided advice to the highest levels of government and managed billions of euros in climate finance funds. He’s established one of the largest city environmental finance programmes in the world and overseen climate and environmental action plans for dozens of cities from Ankara to Zenica. And somehow that’s not enough. The Novara project gives him an opportunity to get out from behind his desk and combine his passion for sailing and the environment.
Veronica is excited about the Novara project, particularly meeting new people and gaining wisdom from cultures she has not experienced before. As CEO and founder of her company, Leading with Humanity, she is focused on supporting those who go out into the world and make a difference – which she will continue to do while onboard.
PLASTIC FREE EASTBOURNE & UNO&C - Oliver Sterno is the Plastic Free Eastbourne champion, with Gonzalo Alvarez being the Chairman of the United Nations Oceans & Climate organization, operating out of and in and around Bexhill and Hastings. The y worked together to help organize this event.
& YACHTING 27 JUNE 2020 - Novara One Planet project launches - education, climate research and environmental science
- Steve Brown - Adventurer and Tilman Medal winner, current owner of Novara
- Rev Bob Shepton - Adventurer, author and twice winner of the Tilman Medal
- Dr Bruce Glavovic - Lead author of the IPCC's report on Climate Change impacts on Coastal communities
- Nisreen Elsaim - Chair of the UN's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change
- Victoria Syddall - Scientist examining gender and climate change in Pacific communities
Novara One Planet is being founded by Dr Nigel Jollands and Veronica Lysaght, the custodians of the Novara sailing vessel. With help from their crew of volunteers, they lead the expedition aboard Novara to promote climate change action.
Novara One Planet project launches - education, climate research and environmental science - by Veronica Lysaght, 27 June 2022, 13:09 BST.
There are 2 manually operated daggerboards (wood/epoxy coated glass) in the port and starboard aft quarters for additional stability in downwind conditions.
NOVARA - The Viking route map 2023
- Watermaker – SRC 1,800 gph
NOVARA - The North-West passage route map 2024
SEPTEMBER 2022, SOVEREIGN HARBOUR - Terry, Dr Nigel Jollands, Veronica Lysaght, and Ryan. Terry and Ryan are team members of the Elizabeth Swann JVH2 project. They were very pleased to meet the environmental sailors, and learn of their inspirational project, in turn being inspired. Both Ryan and Terry are character models in a series of ocean awareness graphic novels, a creative campaign in the making. Terry is the team's fitness instructor. While Ryan is a Youth Ocean Ambassador - who regularly attends events, helping to man stands at exhibitions and the like.
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