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One Island, One Ocean: Around the Americas Aboard Ocean Watch Hardcover – November 15, 2011

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On May 31, 2009, a committed team of sailors, scientists, teachers and conservationists joined forces on a voyage that was vast in scope and ambition but launched under the simplest of ideas: The continents of North and South America are a single island, surrounded by a shared ocean, and with a common set of challenges, communities, issues, and solutions. To put it in the simplest terms, we creatures of the land are utterly dependent on the sea around us, and we’d better take care of it, or it won’t take care of us. This book tells the story of that amazing adventure, and sounds a call to action for everyone who loves this planet.

In a journey that took 13 months, the Ocean Watch circumnavigated the Americas, documenting the beauty that exists, the peoples who rely on our oceans, and the changes that are happening all too fast. This book can be read any number of ways:

. . . as an exciting seafaring adventure, with storms on the high seas, polar bears, and daring escapes from icy danger.

. . . as a beautifully photographed appreciation of the beauty of the Americas?our wildlife, our coastal cities, and our proud, tenacious natives.

. . . as a global warning, documenting the dangers of climate change and the ways our world is changing forever.

The ship made landfall in 53 places around the continents and did presentations and outreach in each. In many of these places, there are potential special sales opportunities (museums, yacht clubs, educational centers). Places visited include:

Seattle (starting point)

British Columbia

Alaska

The Yukon Territories

The Northwest Territories

Nunavet

Newfoundland

Massachusetts

Rhode Island

New York

South Carolina

Florida

Puerto Rico

St. Lucia

French Guiana

Brazil

Uruguay

Argentina

The Falklands

Chile

Ecuador

Costa Rica

Mexico

California

Oregon

. . . and, back to Seattle

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen Publishing; 1st edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616281715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616281717
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,125,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
`One Island One Ocean' is the story of a voyage circumnavigating North and South America- the first continuous west to east sail. More importantly was the study of the effects of the continual deterioration of ocean conditions...trying to awaken boaters to those dangers, to convert them to become stewards of the waters.
It is a coffee table book, one with magnificent pictures, but also text which describes the beauties and the constant downward spiral of conditions both of the waters and for the people that live with them.
There are good diagrams of the boat, to familiarize the reader with the 64' `Ocean Watch' and maps of its' travels. The book is divided in 4 sections: north to the ice, the long slog south, Cape Horn to starboard and closing the circle- a Pacific passage. There is also a section on the plastic pollution and the Pacific garbage vortex.

We see results of vanishing ice and glaciers and the significance of the increase of jellyfish, also villages falling into the sea because of rising water levels. Photos show the scenery, the boat and sailing conditions and the people they meet. The labels on the photos are in very small, lighter print. It would have been better to have made this interesting information clearer for the reader.

The text describes the voyage in an understandable manner for even `landlubbers'; but most of all we see the natural beauty of the ocean world - it is still a show of magnificent sights.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 13, 2012
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Mark Schrader, captain of OceanWatch, and a team of scientists, a writer, teachers, sailors, and conservationists circumnavigated the Americas between 2009 and 2010 beginning in the northwest. The purpose of their journey was to educate children, youth, and adults about the similarities of our living space and how our actions affect that space. The team sailed around North and South America in the 64-foot vessel making stops for educational forums for school children. In addition, Herb McCormick live-blogged the adventure and wrote One Island, One Ocean as a permanent memorial and academic medium. The journey took thirteen months to complete beginning May 2009 and was timed to navigate through the Northwest Passage during the northern hemisphere's spring/summer when the ice would be less of a danger and around the tip of Cape Horn during the southern hemisphere's spring/summer when the winds and ice were less of a danger.

The message that the team wanted to broadcast is that the way we use and utilize our community and continent affects more than just one area. It impacts those who live thousands of miles away because we share one ocean. It impacts human, plant, and animal life. Our actions are depleting the ice which impacts the continent in rippling effect. Each action ripples and affects another aspect of the environment. The photographer, David Thoreson, compiled a breathtaking array of photographs from the journey. This book is a must-have for anyone's library!

I received this book free for review in ebook format from netgalley.com.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doolie W. Pierce on January 14, 2012
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One Island - One Ocean is a good read and an even better 'look'. Mark Schrader and Mark McCormic write about the only way that our OCEANS will and can be cleaned up. The burden is now upon our children and the next generation of children.
Want a vacation of your life? pattern your self as if you were on board 'Ocean Watch' going around that big northern island or the big southern island.
One Island - One Ocean = Work, Play and Love and by all means keep the oceans clean.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Hayes on January 14, 2012
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This amazing story about the journey around the Americas will leave you touched by the diversity of our planet. Photographer Thoreson is simply brilliant as he documents the trip and captures the essence of each stop along the way. Simply outstanding book that I would highly recommend to others.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Leavitt on January 23, 2013
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On May 31, 2009, a 64ft steel cutter named Ocean Watch set sail and departed from Seattle, Oregon. With over fifty port of calls and lots of stories about people, animals, storms (and ice) and science in a period of 13 months around North and South America, they logged 28,000 nautical miles and became the first circumnavigation of the American continents. This book is an adventure with photographs that come alive out of the pages. One Island, One Ocean is about all of us and the environment, what's happening to it based on climate changes-- the four man crew and other team's members throughout the trip consisted of marine authors, scientists, teachers, and conservationists. Along the way, you learn about various cultures, great sailing stories and remote places I never heard of.

I had the opportunity to attend Herb McCormick's (writer on board the Ocean Watch) presentation about this trip at Mystic Seaport, CT in January 2013 and it was wonderful--- it just blew me away. If you ever get a chance to see him speak about this wonderful excursion, I highly recommend it.

Fair winds and following seas!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GEORGE C BROWN JR on March 18, 2013
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Herb does a great job taking you around the Americas by his words and beautiful photography. I bought 2 so I could share the adventure with a friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca S Esterle on January 8, 2014
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This book arrived quickly, has great pictures, and looks really interesting. I have only paged through it -- haven't gotten to read it yet.
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