Saturday, June 7, 2008

First photos from sea!


We just received our first email from JUNK - proof that our solar powered, satellite phone system works! Even amidst continued stormy weather...

Marcus recounts:
Last night JUNK was hit with the worst storm yet, 50-60 mph gusts slapped at JUNK while at anchor near San Nicholas but all the raft did was bob up and down. Still, we've got work to do."




Someone asked about communications from sea: Marcus and Joel have an Iridium phone which allows them to call, email, and send low resolution photos like the ones here. Huge thanks to our communications sponsors Explorer Satellite and OCENS Inc for this - would be a very long 6 weeks without....They also have two broadband radios. And a friendly seal who seems to want to climb on board just offered to deliver short messages back to the mainland.



Getting back to work without an espresso maker on board, brutal....

5 comments:

Hamer said...

Do you plan to post Junk's position?

E M said...

good luck, guys.

i hope more media outlets pick up on your journey.

i wish you safe passage.

Ra will not forsake righteous men.

Rick Hart said...

Anna,
Thanks for the info re: communications at sea. Can they receive e-mail, or is that asking too much? Please forward our best wishes for a safe journey to both of the guys. And tell Marcus that I can relate re: lack of espresso!

I will be watching daily - OK several times daily for updates.

All My Best,
Rick Hart

Anna said...

Thanks for the good wishes....
Yes, we will be posting Junk's daily coordinates, once they push off from San Nicolas. We have a NOAA tracking buoy on board that will transmit their position.

Rick, I'll pass along your thumbs up - they can't unfortunately receive emails, but you can pass anything you'd like to me, and I can get to them. Feel free to contact me directly: annacummins@gmail.com

And yes, heres to righteous men....

the ice chewer said...

I promise that if I ever stuck on an isolated island I will not send a message in a plastic bottle. Thanks guys for the excellent idea!!!!