First and foremost, our voyages could not happen without the many people whose encouragement, kindness, support, and well wishes mean so much to us. There’s far too many to list – from Ellen’s dad who canned so many delicious stews and pasta sauces for rough weather days, to Andy and Daneen in Unalaska who carefully watched Celeste for two winters – but you know who you are and we thank you very, very much!
We’re also grateful to these companies for all their help in refitting, upgrading, and outfitting Celeste for our recent Arctic Voyage!
NB: After careful research, we approached each of the companies listed here for sponsorship. Not only would it be dishonest and unhelpful to endorse products we don’t believe in, but we wouldn’t want stuff on our boat that we can’t trust! In short, we only work with companies whose products we would use regardless of sponsorship.
And to our Supporters:
A lot of different gear is needed to make an ocean voyage, and Hamilton Marine in Maine has long been our favorite chandler with their unbeatable prices and friendly staff. We were loyal customers while outfitting for our circumnavigation (before they were our supporters) and this time they’ve helped us with everything from finding the right radar to servicing our life raft. Our gear served us well in Alaska and we feel confident that we’re taking off for the Arctic equipped with what we need. Check out their great stock at http://www.hamiltonmarine.com.
Norwegian Helly Hansen is one of the best outdoor-clothing companies out there. With a full range of base, mid, and outer layers, HH can equip you for any type of adventure, from skiing to sailing. We’re particularly excited to have their support for our sailing ventures: Foul weather gear gets worn out after a ton of use, and happily our ‘foulies’ have seen just that kind of use (40,000 miles of everything from freezing spray to tropical sun) on our circumnavigation and Arctic voyage. Since it’s time for new ones, we’re thrilled to start wearing lightweight, breathable, yet fully waterproof, jackets and bibs (trousers) from HH!
Storms are a reality of life at sea but we’re prepared with the Jordan Series Drogue. Designed in response to the tragic 1979 Fastnet Race, the drogue has been proven by US Coast Guard tests to bring boats safely through breaking waves. It’s made by Ace Sailmakers, who worked personally with Don Jordan in its development. Read more on our drogues and capsizing blog post and also on the website www.jordanseriesdrogue.com.
Although Celeste is first and foremost a sailboat, auxiliary propulsion is a nice luxury, and rather more than a luxury in some places. With our Yanmar diesel we have a reliable and efficient engine for navigating tight straits, small anchorages, and tidal currents anywhere in the world as well as the sea ice and glacial bergs in Arctic waters. Manufacturing diesel engines since 1933, Yanmar designs long-lasting marine engines tested under extreme conditions. We were really impressed by the used Yanmar we installed on our circumnavigation, so we chose a new 3YM30 for Celeste.