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Reid Stowe & Soanya Ahmad
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Reid Stowe and Soanya Ahmad departed from Hoboken, New Jersey on April 21, 2007 to do the longest sea voyage in history, 1000 Days Non-Stop at Sea. Together they sailed from the Hudson towards the Atlantic on a ship laden with three years worth of food, beans for sprouting, solar panels for energy, large tarps to catch rainwater, a laptop, an iridium satellite telephone, and a satellite tracking unit that would verify the path of the 1000 days voyage (see google map at 1000days.net)

They sailed through a collision with a freighter on day 15 and through the tough repairs with limited supplies afterward. Then Ahmad had to leave the voyage on day 306 due to nausea and was transferred off the coast of Australia to another boat. Stowe continued on facing solitary days of huge sail repairs, a knockdown and more. Still, Stowe managed to create two large scale conceptual art drawings with the course that he sailed; the shape of a whale in the Pacific and a heart in the Atlantic. Stowe returned to land on June 17, 2010, completing 1,152 days at sea setting the longest sea voyage without re-supply by anyone alone or accompanied. Ahmad holds the record for the longest continuous time a woman has spent at sea without re-supply. The couple also holds the record for the longest man and woman sea voyage without re-supply. They are now re-united and raising the son they conceived at sea, presently two years old.

Blog Entries by Reid Stowe & Soanya Ahmad

Setting Sail From NYC For Guyana

Posted September 7, 2011 | 16:05:46 (EST)

After a year of boat living in the protected waters of New York Harbor, Soanya and I are feeling the call of the wild wide open sea again. We think our three year old son Darshen is ready to go too. When a storm wind blows between the buildings that...

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Pirates in Red Hook

Posted August 4, 2011 | 12:47:06 (EST)

My friend, Ludger, enthusiastically invited us to his pirate event in Red Hook Brooklyn. I told him we didn't really mean for our schooner to end out looking like a pirate ship. She just turned out that way after spending so many days on the high seas. I wasn't sure...

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Sending Humans to Mars: Part I

Posted July 11, 2011 | 18:48:50 (EST)

As I sail on at sea for 1045 days continuously, I am reminded always of how I am on my own homemade spaceship, isolated as I cross the universe. My place at sea is very much like the place in space where the gravity of the earth and sun are...

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The Green Runners

Posted July 1, 2011 | 13:02:22 (EST)

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A year ago, our little family posed for a picture on the bow of the schooner. Now we take another photo and not much has changed except we are all a year older. Much of life is imagined and unseen to our normal eyes....

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Art Materials

Posted June 10, 2011 | 15:47:53 (EST)

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I use a lot of different materials in my art. I paint on my old sails adorned with grommets, tears, stitches, and stains. I paint on my old charts which are made of very good paper and given character with coffee spills,...

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Sailing On and On

Posted May 16, 2011 | 19:27:34 (EST)

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When spring arrived we called our friends and took everyone sailing. For financial reasons we have not been able to begin rebuilding the schooner after her historic sail of over three years non-stop at sea. The difficulty of rallying help after sailing the longest...

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Spring Sails

Posted April 18, 2011 | 15:37:56 (EST)

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A few warm hints of spring and we are inspired to unfold our ancient sails and lash them on to our veteran masts. Here in NYC we had one warm day and were able to eat outside and do yoga in the evening on...

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Powered By Sail

Posted March 31, 2011 | 16:38:37 (EST)

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Perched like an ocean bird on the bow of my schooner sailing on the wild seas, I ponder the wonder of life. I feel like an ancient and timeless spirit. At the same time, I have to acknowledge that a certain amount...

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Survivalists on the Water

Posted March 11, 2011 | 17:02:24 (EST)

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Today we organized and shifted our inventory of food under the floor in the cargo hold. It made us wonder about people the world over who practice survivalist food strategies. I first heard about this as a kid during the Cold War. We were...

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Stocking Up on Firewood

Posted February 17, 2011 | 17:37:38 (EST)

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It is freezing cold on the winter river in New York! As long as we have wood for our fireplace we are okay. We have been fairly conservative with the size of the fires we burn, often with only one log smoldering away on...

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The Sacred Creations of High Performance Action and Spirituality

Posted December 8, 2010 | 12:54:13 (EST)

[Excerpt from the log of the 1000 Days Non-Stop at Sea voyage, Day 1,121]

The art I create is the result of high performance physical action and at the same time it is a spiritual practice that empowers that action and myself to higher sublime heights. Much of what I...

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Varnishing the Wave God

Posted December 3, 2010 | 13:30:55 (EST)

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Darshen and I are busy at work varnishing the "Wave God." I salvaged this chunk of tropical hardwood on the island of Dominica in the Caribbean after a hurricane blew it down many years ago. Carving this piece of wood was a powerful experience...

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The Catamaran Tantra

Posted November 5, 2010 | 09:43:36 (EST)

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This very atmospheric old photo was sent to me by a French couple who took it from their sailboat. In 1974, I was with them on their sailboat on the Amazon River when we were captured by pirates. We were tied up...

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Motor Room Dream

Posted November 4, 2010 | 18:46:30 (EST)

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After an extraordinary life at sea we are adjusting to a more normal life with our lines looped on the dock. There are still many more magical synchronicities that bring wonder to our lives.

Last night I dreamed I was down in the motor...

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Laundry Day

Posted October 4, 2010 | 00:39:49 (EST)

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Ahoy Friends!

Soanya and I are adapting to life on the dock and entertaining our energetic, enthusiastic son, Darshen. Most of my life was a preparation for living at sea. That involved cutting myself off from all things on...

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