Sailboat hits the water to prepare for journey

After spending time in dry dock, the “Ocean Watch” was lowered into Salmon Bay today for an adventure to teach people about the ocean.

The 64-foot sailing vessel will perform sea trials during April and May before embarking on a first-ever 13-month voyage through the Northwest Passage, around Cape Horn and back to Seattle.

The trip called “Around the Americas” will stop in 30 host ports to build awareness about ocean health. Scientists and researchers will be looking at sea ice coverage, seawater chemistry, aerosols and cloud cover. The trip is being co-organized by the Pacific Science Center, in collaboration with Sailors for the Sea, the UW Applied Physics Lab and the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean. (Photos courtesy Dan McConnell.)

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