Voyage of the Oceanus

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Exploration Dates: Ongoing from February 8, 2016

GPS Coordinates of the Oceanus’s Launch Point in Newport, Oregon: 44.620837, -124.052688

For years, Brandon and Virginia Ford dreamed of exploring the most remote and untouched regions of the Pacific Ocean aboard their sailboat, Oceanus. On February 8, 2016, they took the first step in realizing their dream when they hoisted the ship’s sails and cruised out of the Yaquina Bay, Newport, and into an adventure that will span the next two years!

Video: Voyage of the Oceanus

Using technology as a bridge, you can share the Fords’ experiences as they cruise down the U.S. west coast and explore the wild places of the Gulf of California and Hawaii before heading deep into the South Pacific. En route, we’ll host periodic blogs from the Fords along with photos and videos they capture while surveying remote islands and SCUBA diving on tropical reefs. You can track the Oceanus’s journey online by clicking the button on the right sidebar. Plus, use our online forms to ask the Fords questions about their adventure!

Log Entries

February 10, 2016: And So It Begins…
Welcome aboard Oceanus! In this introductory feature, meet the Fords, tour their boat and learn what they hope to see and accomplish in the years ahead!

March 1, 2016: Watching Wildlife Is A Highlight Of Our First Weeks
In this first blog, Brandon Ford provides updates of their journey south from Newport, Oregon, with a special emphasis on all the marine wildlife they are encountering!

March 22, 2016: Oceanus Crew Visits the Aquarium of the Pacific
As the Oceanus continues its trek south along the California coast, the crew stops to visit our friends and colleagues at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.

May 19, 2016: Baby Fish Find A Home Under Oceanus
Anchored for ten days in a Mexican marine park, the crew of the Oceanus find that their vessel has become “habitat” to some of the wild animals who reside there.

December 4, 2016: Cruising Isn’t All Sunshine and Pretty Fishes
After a relatively smooth first leg of their two year journey, the Fords begin to understand the old adage that “traveling is not the same as vacationing.” Oh, the things that can go wrong on board a sailboat!

February 8, 2017: Feeling the Love on Maui
The Fords discover that the appeal of Hawaii isn’t just the scenery and the wildlife, but also the people and the spirit of “Aloha!”

March 16, 2017: Creating Paradise: A Poet’s Palm Forest
Brandon and Virginia leave the high seas for a tour of an isolated palm forest renowned for its exotic and beautiful species.

April 17, 2017: Farewell to our Whale Friends
The Fords reflects on their time enjoying the annual whale migration through the Hawaiian Islands.